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Beyond borders -- tourists return to Japan, and Ukraine fights against an invasion by Russia.
Most read in 2022

Japan's reopening, war in Ukraine -- our 12 most read stories of 2022

Tensions in the Taiwan Strait and China's policy shifts were much on readers' minds throughout the year

Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- As the end of 2022 nears, one of the biggest stories has been China's loosening of its strict zero-COVID policy, adding to a year that has seen borders reopen across much of the world as countries aim to boost their battered economies.

In October, Japan began allowing visa-free entries for foreign individual tourists, and our readers took a keen interest in the opening of the world's third-largest economy after two and a half years of closure. Nikkei Asia's numerous reports followed the Japanese government's moves and commercial activities related to this.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February has dominated much of the year's news coverage. Some of our most read stories on the conflict include Moscow's airstrikes on Kyiv, support by Western powers for Ukraine's resistance -- including major sanctions against Russia by the G-7 -- and Turkey's emergence as the key player due to its control of the Turkish Straits and supply of military technologies such as attack drones, which have been used extensively by Ukrainian forces.

Taiwan also grabbed much of the spotlight this year. Some of the biggest stories looked at rising tensions in the Taiwan Strait due to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island in August, satellite photos of China's military exercises and the ongoing impact of the U.S.-China rivalry on global business, especially in the chip industry.

In China, the Communist Party held its twice-a-decade congress in October. While President Xi Jinping secured an unprecedented third term, the party's elders received an unexpected amount of attention at the event.

Take a look back with our most read stories of the year.

Our most read stories of 2022

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