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Japan lowers travel warnings for U.S., Thailand, 100 other nations

Many places had been on higher alert level since start of coronavirus pandemic

A traveler at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government eased travel advisories for 106 nations and territories on Friday, with the vast majority happening for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs cut the number of destinations designated with a Level 3 warning to 56 from 162. Level 3, the second-highest alert on a four-tiered scale, strongly advises against travel to locations. Countries remaining on Level 3 are mostly in the Middle East or Africa.

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