With coronavirus infections persisting in Japan, Frenchman Eric Fior, who owns a language school in Yokohama, decided several months ago to scrap all plans for a year-end overseas holiday.

“It became quite clear even in the spring that this thing was not going to be over in a couple of months and so I took a summer holiday here in Japan and I’m just spending time with my family over Christmas and New Year,” he said.

While he and other foreign nationals holding work permits in Japan have…

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