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Japan to decide on lifting ban on individual foreign tourists by October

Tokyo also examines ending cap on daily entries and waiving visa requirement

Japanese tourists congregate at Oshino Hakkai, a popular attraction near Mount Fuji. (Photo by Makoto Okada)

TOKYO -- Japan hopes to decide on whether to allow individual foreign tourists and drop visa requirements for short-term stays by October as the country seeks to encourage inbound tourism amid a weak yen.

The government will consider easing coronavirus-related travel curbs, such as by ending Japan's daily entry cap of 50,000 people, waiving short-term visas and allowing tourists unaffiliated with tour groups, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a press conference on Monday.

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