Japan To Reopen Visa-Free Travel As Covid Recedes

As Japan throws open its doors to visitors this week after more than two years of pandemic isolation, hopes for a tourism boom face tough headwinds amid shuttered shops and a shortage of hospitality workers.

Starting Tuesday, Japan will reinstate visa-free travel to dozens of countries, ending some of the world’s strictest border controls to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is counting on tourism to help invigorate the economy and reap some benefits from the yen’s slide to a 24-year low.

Arata Sawa is among those eager for the return of foreign tourists, who previously comprised up to 90% of the guests at his traditional inn.

“I’m hoping and anticipating that a lot of foreigners will come to Japan, just like before Covid,” said Sawa, the third-generation owner of the Sawanoya ryokan in Tokyo.

Just over half a million visitors have come to Japan so far in 2022, compared with a record 31.8 million in 2019.

The government had a goal of 40 million in 2020 timed with the Summer Olympics until both were upended by the so-called coronavirus.

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