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COVID in Japan shuts one in 10 hotels and travel agencies

Over 5,000 businesses closed, raising concerns over tourism revival

As Japan starts to reopen its borders, there are worries that tourism-related business closures over the last two years will hamper a recovery of the industry. (Photo by Kotaro Urata)

TOKYO -- Approximately one in 10 hotels and travel agencies in Japan appear to have closed permanently over the past two years, hit by COVID restrictions, a Nikkei survey found, raising concerns over the ability of the tourism industry to recover as the country starts to reopen its borders.

The survey, jointly conducted by Nikkei and NTT TownPage, covered hotels, inns, travel agencies and other travel and accommodation facilities in Japan.

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