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Japan visitors doubled to 500,000 in October after full reopening

Pre-pandemic highs still long way off amid China's COVID curbs, Ukraine war

Tourists take selfies in Tokyo's Asakusa district on Oct. 19, after Japan reopened its borders for general travel.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan welcomed nearly 500,000 visitors from abroad in October, more than double the figure in September, after the country fully opened its borders last month.

Figures released by the Japan National Tourism Organization -- the first since the government restored visa-free entry for individual travelers on Oct. 11 -- show 498,600 visitors entered the country, up from 206,500 in September.

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