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Japan's summer holidays in full swing with lack of COVID restrictions

Stations, airports and highways jammed, but numbers still far below former levels

A platform for a bullet train at Tokyo Station is crowded on Aug. 11 as people head to hometowns or resorts for Japan's Bon holidays.   © Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's summer holiday season started in full swing on Thursday, with reservations for domestic trains and flights leaving Tokyo reaching a peak as travelers took advantage of a lack of coronavirus restrictions for the first time in three years.

While more people headed abroad for their break, numbers are nevertheless far below the pre-COVID-19 era as new cases across the country remain elevated, hitting record highs in recent weeks.

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