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The chairman of Rally Japan has explained the reasons behind the decision to cancel their 2020 WRC round, which was to have been the championship finale. The event has been replaced by Belgium's Ypres Rally, which takes over the late November slot. "Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, the Japanese government has adopted an entry restriction policy, as a border enforcement measure for international visitors from many countries since March, and it is expected to continue for a while," Koji Takahashi said. "For hosting the event scheduled in this autumn, the Executive Committee had negotiations with many parties and authorities including the government and its ministers and agencies, but the conclusion is that there is no prospects of ensuring the entries to Japan in November of hundreds of people involved, such as the crews, officials and others, at this moment - three months away from the event dates. "This is a tough decision for all who have been involved in the bid process and event preparation of Rally Japan over two and a half years. However, the Executive Committee determined that further delay would adversely affect the relevant individuals and parties. "We will now start the preparation for the next edition, which is included as an autumn event in the 2021 WRC calendar draft, and would like to ask all of you for your continued support," Takahashi concluded.

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