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Airline Passenger Numbers Dive Sharply on S. Korea-Japan Routes

Airline Passenger Numbers Dive Sharply on S. Korea-Japan Routes

SEOUL, March 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Passenger numbers on commercial airline flights between South Korea and Japan plummeted on Monday, as the two countries began enforcing entry restrictions against each other’s citizens over new coronavirus concerns. Japan suspended its visa waiver program for South Koreans, effective Monday morning, and started asking them to stay at [...]

String of K-pop Concerts Called Off in Japan as Entry Restrictions Go into Force

String of K-pop Concerts Called Off in Japan as Entry Restrictions Go into Force

SEOUL, March 9 (Korea Bizwire) — A string of major K-pop concerts have been called off or postponed in Japan as mutual entry restrictions by South Korea and Japan went into force early Monday. South Korea and Japan’s visa waiver programs for nationals from each other were suspended at the start of Monday amid outbreaks [...]

S. Korea, Japan Enforce Mutual Entry Restrictions, Casting Clouds over Bilateral Ties

S. Korea, Japan Enforce Mutual Entry Restrictions, Casting Clouds over Bilateral Ties

SEOUL, March 9 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea and Japan began enforcing entry restrictions against each other’s citizens ostensibly over new coronavirus concerns Monday, casting a pall over their relations already frayed by a protracted row over trade and wartime history. Tokyo suspended its visa waiver program for South Koreans and started asking them to [...]

Korean Firms on Alert as More Countries Restrict Entry from S. Korea amid Virus Angst

Korean Firms on Alert as More Countries Restrict Entry from S. Korea amid Virus Angst

SEOUL, March 6 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean companies said Friday they are on high alert after many countries around the globe have imposed entry restrictions on travelers from South Korea over the novel coronavirus outbreak. According to Seoul’s foreign ministry, more than 100 countries and territories were restricting entry or imposing tougher quarantine procedures [...]

Super Junior Puts Off Japan Concerts over Impending Entry Ban by Japan

Super Junior Puts Off Japan Concerts over Impending Entry Ban by Japan

SEOUL, March 6 (Korea Bizwire) — K-pop boy band Super Junior on Friday indefinitely put off its Japanese concerts after the neighboring country announced a plan to introduce quarantine measures for travelers from South Korea. Tokyo has announced that travelers coming from South Korea and China will be asked to stay at designated facilities for [...]

Japan’s Entry Restrictions Deal Bigger Blow to Airlines, Travel Agencies

Japan’s Entry Restrictions Deal Bigger Blow to Airlines, Travel Agencies

SEOUL, March 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Japan’s entry restrictions for visitors from South Korea are dealing another blow to airlines and travel agencies already hit by the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, the companies said Friday. Local airlines and travel agencies have been struggling with a sharp decline in air travel demand for more than a month [...]

S. Korea Voices ‘Extreme Regret’ over Japan’s Entry Restrictions for Koreans

S. Korea Voices ‘Extreme Regret’ over Japan’s Entry Restrictions for Koreans

SEOUL, March 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The foreign ministry on Friday expressed “extreme regret” over Japan’s two-week quarantine plan for visitors from South Korea over new coronavirus concerns, warning of “all possible” corresponding measures. Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young plans to summon Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Koji Tomita to officially lodge a protest over [...]

Wednesday Demonstration Moves Online Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Wednesday Demonstration Moves Online Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

SEOUL, Feb. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — With the spread of the coronavirus outbreak raising alarm across the country, regular Wednesday demonstrations demanding that Japan apologize for its wartime sexual slavery, protests that have been held continuously since 1992 have also been affected. On Wednesday, for the first time ever, the Korean Council for Justice and [...]

More Countries Impose Entry Ban on Travelers from S. Korea’s Coronavirus Hotspots

More Countries Impose Entry Ban on Travelers from S. Korea’s Coronavirus Hotspots

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of countries imposing entry bans on travelers who recently visited South Korea’s southeastern city of Daegu and the nearby county of Cheongdo is on the rise, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Wednesday, following a spike in confirmed novel coronavirus cases there. Earlier in the day, Japan approved the [...]