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Time to end Japan's '93% isolation' and allow foreign visitors

Harm of closing country outweighs public health benefits

Japan currently only allows in 10,000 people a day, or 7% of what it was pre-COVID. (Photo by Mizuho Miyazaki)

One after another, countries around the world are easing or eliminating stringent restrictions on the entry of foreign visitors. It is time for Japan to do so as well.

For two years, Tokyo has imposed tight regulations on the number and type of foreign nationals who can enter Japan. While the government needs to be considerate about controlling COVID-19, Japan must be open to the rest of the world for growth and prosperity.

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