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Japan Considering Resuming Full-Fledged International Tourism

Japan Considering Resuming Full-Fledged International TourismAnyone who’s tried to travel to Japan since the COVID-19 pandemic hit knows it hasn’t been easy. Until very recently, tourism was a no-go, and even now, you have to buy into tour packages to get in. There’s also an entry cap of 50,000 people per day.

But now the government is considering removing all such restrictions, reports Kyodo.

That’s the word from Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara, who said that other countries have opened up, and that the weak yen would make Japan an attractive tourism target.

Pre-pandemic, international tourism was becoming an increasingly important part of the Japanese economy. But there were negative effects too, but residents and businesspeople alike feeling the strain of overtourism.

The decision on tourism is set for the “not-so-distant future,” so keep an eye out for future updates.

Source: Japan Times

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.