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Visitors to Japan decrease even after reopening to tourists

New COVID wave clouds outlook for further easing of entry restrictions

Tourists from South Korea arrive at Kansai International Airport in Japan on July 7. (Photo by Arisa Moriyama)

TOKYO -- The number of visitors to Japan fell last month despite borders being partially reopened to foreign tourists, and a recent surge in domestic COVID infections has further dimmed the outlook for the country's travel industry.

A total of 120,400 visitors entered Japan in June when tourists were allowed back into the nation on group tours after a two-year hiatus, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) said on Wednesday. That's down 18% from May and 14% from April.

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