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Japan's travel and retail sectors buoyed by border reopening plan

Recovery still a long way off as Chinese tourists remain stuck at home

Tourists in Japan's Yamanashi prefecture view cherry blossoms against a backdrop of Mt. Fuji. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Businesses across Japan are gearing up for an expected spike in tourists after the government announced that the country's borders will fully reopen next month.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday announced that Japan would open its doors to individual tourists and resume visa-free entry for short-term travelers from Oct. 11. Currently, the number of daily arrivals is capped at 50,000 and only travelers coming on group tours are allowed entry.

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