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Japan to reopen to tour groups from 98 nations and regions

Guides will accompany visitors to carefully monitor their activities

Foreign tourists arrive at Narita International Airport serving Tokyo on May 24. They have been admitted under a trial program launched by the government that day. (Photo by Konosuke Urata)

TOKYO -- Japan will accept tour groups from 98 countries and territories, including the U.S. and China, starting June 10, according to details released by the government Thursday, relaxing border controls that have been in place for about two years.

This framework will apply only to guided tour groups sponsored by Japanese travel agencies and similar organizations responsible for taking in the visitors. No individual tourist traveling alone will be granted entry.

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