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Opinion

The best way to help Japan reopen

Closed borders are hurting the country but policy changes will take time

| Japan
Calm arrivals area at the Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, pictured in December 2021: this cannot go on forever.   © AP

Melanie Brock is a specialist in Japan-APAC relations. She has her own consultancy and is a senior adviser at Finsbury Glover Hering.

Sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo's upscale Ginza district recently, I overheard some Japanese women exclaim how delightfully quiet everything was. The absence of tourists, they said, especially in the food courts of the famous department stores, was positively glorious. No tourist buses? Even better.

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