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Japan is expected to waive the visa requirement for some tourists and remove a limit on daily arrivals in October as it aims to benefit from a rebound in global tourism, Nikkei reported Thursday.

Following the change, Japan will not require short-term traveler visas from the United States and some other countries and will cancel the daily entry limit of 50,000 people, the media said.

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to announce the changes in the coming days, the report said.

With the yen languishing near a 24-year low against the dollar, due to an aggressive US Federal Reserve, the Japanese government could benefit from capitalizing on the increased purchasing power of tourists by easing travel requirements, the report added.

Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto, Japan was once a popular tourist spot for foreigners. After the pandemic, Japan closed its doors to foreign visitors along with the revenue they bring to the country. Pictured: The empty Yasaka Shrine photographed two years after the pandemic on June 26, 2022.
(Kosuke Okahara / Bloomberg)

Japan last week raised the daily cap for inbound travelers from 20,000 to 50,000 and eliminated the requirement for Covid testing before departure, easing what have been among the most restrictive border measures among major economies.

Before the pandemic, Japan did not require tourist visas for 68 countries and regions.

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