February 3, 2017
TOKYO- Two passengers gave up boarding a US-bound flight operated by Japan Airlines due to US President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry into the United States of people with passports from seven predominantly Muslim countries, it was learned Friday.
This is the first time that such cases have been confirmed for flights by Japanese airlines since Trump issued the order on Jan. 27, informed sources said.
At an overseas airport on Monday, a passenger canceled a ticket for a US-bound flight via Narita International Airport near Tokyo after being informed of the possible denial of entry into the United States, according to JAL.
On Tuesday, a passenger abandoned boarding a flight to the United States at the Narita airport.
Green card holders and people with diplomatic visas are exempted from the controversial executive order.
Meanwhile, Japan’s poor track record on refugee issues is a factor that has led Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to avoid a clear comment on US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, officials have said.
In addition, Abe does not hope to anger Trump’s administration before their meeting in Washington set for Feb. 10, after the new US leader voiced frustration with Japan on trade and currency issues, the officials also said.
“Because it’s a domestic matter for the United States, I’ll refrain from making comments,” Abe told a parliamentary committee meeting Wednesday when asked to explain Japan’s position on the travel ban on citizens from Muslim-majority nations.
Hiroshi Ogushi of the largest opposition Democratic Party said, “The ban runs counter to what forms the foundation of the prime minister’s foreign policy, such as freedom and basic human rights.” (Jiji Press)
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