South Korea expresses “strong regret” over Japan’s travel restrictions

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 28: People wearing masks to prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19) buy face masks at a department store on February 28, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. Government has raised the coronavirus alert to the "highest level" as confirmed case numbers keep rising. Government reported 571 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total number of infections in the nation to 2,337 with the potentially fatal illness spreading fast across the country. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry expressed “strong regret” today over travel restrictions Japan imposed yesterday.

South Korea says it made repeated requests for Japan to review the situation before taking actionand had hoped Tokyo would have “sufficiently” consulted Seoul before making the decision. 

South Korea raised the idea that an ulterior motive was behind Japan’s decision as it says its efforts to contain the coronavirus have been recognized by the international community.

South Korea’s National Security Council also held a meeting Friday to consider taking corresponding measures against Japan and called into question Japan’s efforts to contain the virus, saying Tokyo had taken “unclear and passive measures.”

Under the new travel restrictions, travelers from South Korea and China will be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival in Japan.

Incoming arrivals from those two countries will be asked to stay in designated places and to refrain from using public transportation.

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