Japan to reopen to tourists after 2.5 years of almost closed borders

Japan has said it will reopen the country to regular tourism next month, hoping to take advantage of the cheap yen to lure visitors and revive its sluggish economy.

The move, which is expected to take effect Oct. 11, belatedly puts Japan on a par with other major economies that have eased or eliminated pandemic-related restrictions and reopened to global travel. For more than 2.5 years, Tokyo has generally banned individual tourists from visiting the country.


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