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As tourists return, Japan looks to open doors even more

Tokyo eager to reap economic benefits from weak yen

Foreign tourists visit a temple in Nagano Prefecture under the government's pilot program for resuming inbound tourism. 

TOKYO -- As Japan opens to foreign tourists Friday after a two-year hiatus, the government is considering allowing in more visitors, seeking to take advantage of a weak yen to revive pandemic-battered tourism.

Ahead of Friday's reopening, the daily entry cap was doubled to 20,000 people on June 1. For now, visits are limited to supervised tour groups. Japan already allows entry by individuals such as foreign students and business travelers.

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