1,300 apply for Japan entry since tours reopen as COVID fears ease

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Kyodo News

More than 1,300 people have applied to travel to Japan on guided tours since the country restarted visa procedures to accept some leisure visitors from abroad a week ago as worries about the COVID-19 pandemic wane, a government agency said Friday. Koichi Wada, who heads the Japan Tourism Agency, said at a press conference that over 300 applications have been received for June, with around 1,000 from July onward. The very first group comprising a small number of people arrived in Japan on Wednesday, he said, without revealing their nationalities. Wada said he expects entries to Japan to “rise s…

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