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Japan gears up for tourism recovery amid Lunar New Year upsurge

Kishida moves to downgrade COVID while labor crunch weighs on growth

Foreign tourists arrive in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district after a day of shopping and sightseeing. (Photo by Rurika Imahashi)

TOKYO -- Japan's tourism industry looks to be on a path to recovery amid the Lunar New Year upsurge, as the government moves toward downgrading the COVID-19 status and neighboring countries like China reopen to the world.

Earlier this week, in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district, over 70 foreign tourists were getting off tour buses after a day trip around the capital's most famous sightseeing spots. This year marked the first time since the onset of COVID-19 that Asian tourists were able to travel overseas during the Lunar New Year, which began on Jan. 22.

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