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After zero-COVID, Chinese tourists only trickle into Japan

Full recovery remains doubtful amid toughened entry restrictions

Tokyo Disneyland is not seeing significant numbers of reservations for group tours from China after the country relaxed its travel restrictions. (Photo by Yoshino Sakurai)

TOKYO -- The end of China's zero-COVID policy signaled the possibility of a renewed influx of Chinese travelers to Japan, but it appears traffic will not recover anytime soon as numbers at airports and tourist spots remain light.

Flights from mainland China to Narita International Airport serving Tokyo early this week remained about 80% below pre-pandemic levels, according to data from the airport's operator.

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