According to The Asahi Shimbun, Japan will finally allow tourists back in but on a strictly trial basis after a near-blanket ban on entry by foreign visitors since the COVID-19 pandemic flared in early 2020.
But like everything else in the government’s handling of the public health crisis to date, the process will be a gradual one contingent on whether fresh cases of the novel coronavirus start increasing again.
Small groups of foreign tourists could be allowed into Japan as early as this month, according to several government sources.
Further discussions are planned to determine the specific conditions that would apply for entry.
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