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Japan Cracks Door Open to Tourism With Chaperoned Tours

Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

Photographer: Kentaro Takahashi/Bloomberg
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Japan will allow small groups of tourists on package tours into the country this month on an experimental basis, a first step in welcoming back the foreign travelers who have been shut out for most of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Travelers from the US, Australia, Thailand or Singapore who have received three vaccination shots and have medical insurance will be allowed in as small groups on package tours, the Japan Tourism Agency said in a statement on Tuesday. Groups will need preset itineraries and must be accompanied by travel agency staff, it said, as reported by the Yomiuri newspaper earlier.