"in response to" and "in a response to" are interchangeable?

good-for-nothing person

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Japanese
can "in response to" in the sentence below be changed into "in a response to"?

TOKYO —In response to series of cases in which foreign tourists have left Japan without paying medical fees, the government plans to refuse reentry to foreign visitors who may do so again, according to sources.

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  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    "In response to a series of cases in which..." is correct. The government plans to do an action "in response to" something.

    "In a response to a series of cases in which..." is a different sentence, and is not correct. The government plans are not in a response: they are the response.

    Edit:

    You could say "As a response to...", meaning the government plans are a response.
     

    good-for-nothing person

    New Member
    Japanese
    "In response to a series of cases in which..." is correct. The government plans to do an action "in response to" something.

    "In a response to a series of cases in which..." is a different sentence, and is not correct. The government plans are not in a response: they are the response.

    Edit:

    You could say "As a response to...", meaning the government plans are a response.
    Thank you for your clear explanation.
     
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