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Japan set for tourism windfall as it lifts visa rules for individual travellers

Industry players cheer, noting that weak yen will make country an attractive destination

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TOKYO - Japan is primed for a tourism windfall from pent-up demand overseas as, for the first time in 2½ years, it throws open its borders to visa-free individual travellers from Oct 11.

The decisive measure, announced by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in New York on Thursday, comes after months of baby steps that have proven to be head-scratching and cumbersome for potential visitors.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2022, with the headline Japan set for tourism windfall as it lifts visa rules for individual travellers. Subscribe