Photo/Illutration Taiwan’s China Airlines plans to resume passenger flights in September between Chubu Airport and Taipei, which have been suspended since April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Provided by China Airlines)

Japan on Sept. 8 will partially reopen business travel with Taiwan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar where the COVID-19 pandemic is gradually being brought under control, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said.

The measure targets those with long-term residency permits in Japan, such as technical intern trainees and expatriates, Motegi said at a news conference on Sept. 1.

Japan allowed similar business travel to and from Thailand and Vietnam at the end of July.

“We want to revive the economy while preventing a further spread of infections by (partially) reopening travel (to and from the countries and region),” Motegi said.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in late July announced the government’s plans to ease pandemic-related travel restrictions on 12 nations and territories, including China, South Korea and Taiwan.

Abe instructed officials to prioritize Taiwan over China and South Korea for the lifted restrictions after his support base called for a hard-line stance toward the two countries.