It was confirmed that the first person infected with Omicron mutation in Japan went to Japan via Incheon International Airport. I stayed at Incheon Airport for about an hour for a transfer, and our quarantine authorities are identifying the person's detailed movement inside the airport.

Correspondent Yoo Seong-jae from Tokyo will deliver this news.


Japan's first Omicron infection confirmed at Narita Airport quarantine on Sunday afternoon is a Namibian diplomat in his 30s.

The diplomat traveled to Ethiopia with two family members on the 27th of last month and boarded a flight to Japan on the 28th.

Our quarantine authorities said they were checking the movement of the diplomat in Incheon Airport at the time of the transfer.

The Japanese government also classified all 70 people who entered through Narita Airport on the same flight as the diplomat as close contacts and requested isolation at accommodation.

They all tested negative at the airport immigration check, but one is now known to be showing symptoms of fever.

In the midst of this, on the 27th of last month, a foreign male in his 20s who arrived from Peru was additionally confirmed to be infected with Omicron, and the total number of infections in Japan increased to two.

[Matsuno / Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan: I received a report from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare that it was confirmed as positive in the immigration test and is currently quarantined at a medical institution.]

Immigration restrictions are further tightened.

Starting from yesterday (30th), new entry of all foreigners was banned in principle, and from tomorrow, 10 countries in South Africa will be denied entry for the time being even if they have Japanese visas.

Accordingly, it is a policy that not only new entry for foreigners but also re-entry of foreigners with residence status will be refused unless there are special circumstances.

(Video coverage: Cheol-Min Han and Hyun-Jin Moon, Video editing: Yang Won)