Government official says Japan may lift border restrictions before winter…

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There’s been a sizeable shift in hope for the Japan ski season ahead after Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara revealed further government plans on Fuji Television yesterday.

While daily tourist caps were risen from 20,000 to 50,000 on September 7 and tourists allowed to travel within Japan without a previously required tour guide. Word from Kihara is that Japan may remove caps altogether and also remove the current visa requirements.

“We will review [restrictions] altogether. We have to carry it out in the not-so-distant future,” said the Deputy Chief Cabinet Minister.

“Japan has seasonal attractions in fall and winter. We know there are a lot of people overseas who want to come to Japan.”

Watch this space.

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