Tourists will love the yen. Will Japan love them back?

Japan seems to be able to finally open its borders and end its splendid isolation. The key question is: can she learn to love foreign tourists again?

After a series of bogus border reopenings this year that promised more than they delivered, a recent report that Japan would remove most restrictions on tourists was the most significant. If carried out, the plans – which include restoring the visa waiver for those with three shots, removing a daily cap on the number of arrivals and allowing tourists to book without going through a travel agency – would make Japan’s ease of entry more like that of 2019.

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