Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 28

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TOKYO -- The Japanese government on Friday said that coronavirus-induced re-entry restrictions on foreign residents will be lifted from Sept. 1.

Foreign residents returning to Japan will, prior to departing for Japan, be required to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and provide proof of the results upon arrival here.(Japan-Entry restrictions)

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HONG KONG -- Another over 160 members of the mainland nucleic acid testing team have arrived in Hong Kong Friday for the Universal Community Testing Program (UCT Program) that starts on Sept. 1.

Amid a resurgence of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government has sought assistance from the central government to contain the epidemic.(Hong Kong-Virus test)

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BANGKOK -- Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday told the media that he has agreed to assist the country's domestic low-cost airlines in their survival as air restrictions worldwide have grounded their aircraft during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seven of Thailand's domestic low-cost airlines on Friday approached Prayut, to air their grievances and to submit their request for support.(Thailand-PM-Aviation)

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KABUL -- Afghan First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh said Friday that the country is committed to rooting out administrative corruption and restoring good governance.

Hosting an ambassadors' level counter-corruption meeting in Kabul, Saleh said the government was taking firm steps to increase custom revenues by removing corrupt individuals and restoring good governance, according to a statement of the Presidential Palace.(Afghanistan-Corruption) Enditem

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