When Will Japan Reopen for Travel? (January 2022 Update)

When will Japan lift its travel ban and reopen for international tourists, students, workers, or business travelers? Will borders open in Spring 2022? These are questions among those planning trips to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, etc. We monitor foreign visitor advisories, news, states of emergency, cases, and more for answers. (Updated January 21, 2022.)

Japan is setting new records for confirmed daily coronavirus cases as of late January 2022, with the country likely to exceed 50,000 daily cases in the coming days given the present trajectory as the highly transmissible Omicron variant spreads rapidly. More on the latest numbers, courses of action, and how this has thrown a monkey wrench into reopening plans in the January 2022 Update section below.

If you’re simply looking for an official answer about when Japan will reopen, we don’t have that–and no one knows. If you’d like to be notified as soon as an announcement is made by Japan’s government, subscribe to our free email newsletter. This post is speculative, with commentary about variables that’ll impact Japan’s border reopening later, and when we anticipate the travel ban ending…

Prior to Japan declaring its first state of emergency, we planned on traveling to Japan for sakura season, staying for a couple of months for research and additions to our Ultimate Guide to Kyoto. These plans were abandoned at the last minute, and we stayed in the United States.

For the last year, we’ve been closely watching the improvements in Japan, hoping for some clarity as to when the country will fully reopen and Japan will begin allowing international tourists to enter once again. We’ve cancelled three return trips since then, most recently for last December.

In terms of current travel advisories, Japan has imposed entry bans on over 150 countries including the United States, Canada, all of Europe (including the United Kingdom), and most of Asia. The travel bans are currently in effect indefinitely. Japan has also temporarily suspended visa exemptions, making it necessary to apply for a visa prior to traveling.

Additionally, everyone entering Japan must undergo a mandatory quarantine at a designated location and may not use public transportation for 10 days upon arrival. (This was just shortened from 14 days at the end of last month.) Most foreigners, including those who have been to countries on the entry ban list within 14 days of their arrival in Japan, will be turned away under current border control measures.

In a nutshell, it’s presently impossible to visit Japan unless you are a Japanese citizen or meet one of the few exceptions. That’s probably not going to apply to anyone reading this English language blog post, so let’s turn to what the future holds…

Economic benefits of international tourists is one big reason why Japan is expected to reopen its border. Boosting tourism was core to former Prime Minister Abe’s economic revitalization, and both subsequent prime ministers have indicated their intentions to maintain continuity with those plans

The Tokyo Olympics were instrumental to that, with Japan’s inbound tourism target for the original year of the Summer Games being 40 million visitors, up from a record 31.9 million visitors the year before. Instead, only ~4 million international travelers visited Japan.

Last year, the number of foreign visitors to Japan dropped to 245,900, the lowest since 1964, as the country enforced tighter border controls. The figure plunged 94.0 percent from 2020 when there were only a couple months of normal travel. That’s the sharpest fall on record according to the Japan Tourism Agency. Compared with the pre-pandemic level in 2019, it dropped 99.2 percent.

The bulk of these arrivals occurred in July and August, when athletes, staff, and media for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games arrived. Following that, arrivals have been on a downward trend, falling to 12,100 in December 2021. The number of Japanese traveling overseas in 2021 also decreased 83.9 percent to 512,200.

Economists fear a “double dip” recession in Japan due to the prolonged closures and restrictions. Decreased tourism plus falling exports, an increased consumption tax, reduced consumer spending, and growing national debt. Japan’s economy has serious issues and inbound tourism was previously a bright spot.

In other words, reopening to international visitors will be important to the health of Japan’s consumption-driven economy at some point in the not too distant future.

Based on public statements, the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party recognize this and were focusing on rebuilding the economy. Speaking on NHK, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated that his top priority was formulating new economic measures and implementing these goals.

“We will swiftly put together economic measures,” Kishida said. The major pillars of the economic measures will be to provide benefits for businesses and households that have been hit especially hard. The government will also take measures to stimulate and jump-start the economy.

The ruling government is doing so with an eye towards Summer 2022, when the upper house election will almost certainly be decided on the basis of how well the economy has recovered. Even officials in the LDP have conceded that accumulating achievements and quantifiable results will be necessary for success.

Among the business community and economists, there’s a belief that the government will also reform border controls at some point before mid-2022. “While international travel won’t make or break the economy, it’s an easy-to-observe metric that may shape public sentiment,” said Kenneth Mori McElwain of the University of Tokyo. It’s also a signifier of normalcy and recovery, and after 2 years of this, people are ready to get on with life.

Despite the aforementioned numbers, Japan is maintaining its goal of attracting 60 million foreign visitors by 2030. Additionally, the Japan National Tourism Organization has set 2024 as its goal for recovering to 2019 international travel levels. Both of these statements are reassuring given the current border closures, and indicate that Japan will unwind its travel ban in months, not years.

In the near-term, there’s not much reason for optimism. Japanese airlines are already backtracking plans on scaling up operations in early 2022, and both ANA and JAL have suspended some routes through late March 2022. Against that economic backdrop, let’s take a look at current case numbers, quasi-states of emergency, and changes to Japan’s reopening plans as of January 21, 2022…

January 21, 2022 Update

We’re back with another update, this one containing both case numbers and restrictions offering cause for concern in the short term, plus shifting sentiment providing longer-term optimism. To quickly recap, Japan had eased its ban on new entries by some foreigners last November, allowing business travelers on short stays, students in study abroad programs, and participants in its technical internship program.

That lasted for only a few weeks before Japan closed its borders to new entries by foreigners amid concern over the new Omicron variant. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida vowing to act fast to avoid the worst-case scenario, stating that closing Japan’s border was a “temporary measure until information about the Omicron variant becomes clear,” adding that “when dealing with an unknown risk, it’s best to take every precaution.” Following New Year’s festivities, Japan reassessed the closure and extended it until at least February 28, 2022.

However, the closure could last longer than that, as Japan is now in the midst of its sixth wave, as evidenced by the above daily case trends. Japan confirmed a total of over 49,000 daily cases on January 21, 2022, setting a new record for the fourth consecutive day. Tokyo accounted for 9,699 daily cases, eclipsing the city’s previous record of 8,638 logged the previous day, while Osaka also hit a new high of 6,254 cases. This wave has happened faster than previous ones–Japan started 2022 with daily case counts of around 500, after they had been in the 100-200 range for several months to finish out last year.

Actual infections are likely exponentially higher than the official numbers. That’s in part due to the mildness of Omicron leading (wastewater testing in the United States suggests official Omicron counts were dramatically understated), and due to the difficulty of getting tested in Japan. That’s been one of the secrets to the “success” of Japan as compared to other countries.

If Japan’s Omicron surge follows a similar trajectory to other countries around the world that have already experienced this wave–and there’s no reason to expect that it won’t–cases will continue to rise for at least another couple of weeks, far surpassing the previous highs of the Delta surge.

However, hospitalizations and deaths are unlikely to follow suit, or even match Delta levels. At present, less than one-third of available hospital beds in Tokyo are occupied by infected individuals, but there are fears that number will increase.

Concerns about hospitalizations and overwhelming the medical system as the precipitous Omicron spike continues has resulted in Japan’s central government declaring fresh quasi-states of emergency for many prefectures. As of today, a quasi-state of emergency takes effect in Tokyo and 12 other prefectures for three weeks, through at least February 13, 2022. Additionally, 8 other prefectures have officially sought quasi-emergencies and 5 more are preparing to make similar requests.

Under the latest quasi state of emergency measure, restaurants are asked to close by 8 or 9 p.m., depending upon whether they serve alcohol. Some large scale events will operate at reduced capacity, depending upon their anti-virus plans. Restaurants that close at 9 p.m. and don’t serve alcohol receive 30,000 yen per day in government compensation, while those that close at 8 p.m. get 25,000 yen per day. Those that choose to operate as normal–an increasing number–do not receive government assistance.

Opposition to these measures among Japanese is becoming increasingly vocal, with criticism that the measures are unfair, ineffective, and overly burdensome. After more than two years of repeated rules and requests, the Japanese public is becoming less cooperative to such measures. People are back to commuting on packed trains, shopping at crowded stores, dining out at restaurants, and just generally returning to normal daily life.

Similarly, the tough border controls have triggered criticism from foreign students and scholars who say the measures are not scientific. Petitions both inside and outside Japan have gained more traction and visibility, including coverage on Japanese mainstream media. Potentially feeling this pressure, Japan has made an exception to its entry ban on nonresident foreigners to allow some government-sponsored foreign students into the country.

This comes as academic and business groups have continued to voice concerns after a growing number of desired foreign students and needed workers have given up on entering Japan in the face of the country’s strict border controls. The government’s measures are “affecting foreign students and businesses that employ foreign workers,” ANA Holdings Inc. President Shinya Katanozaka said. “I hope the government will balance both effective infection controls and social economic activities from a scientific viewpoint,” he said amid a drastic reduction in international flights.

Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of Rakuten, likewise expressed opposition to keeping Japan closed to foreigners, comparing it to sakoku, the policy of national isolation enacted by the Tokugawa shogunate hundreds of years ago. He called the policy to isolate Japan “way too illogical” and “ridiculous.” Tadashi Yanai, CEO of Fast Retailing, the parent company of UNIQLO said, “new graduates of overseas colleges that we hire cannot enter Japan. This could cause Japan’s national strength to decline.”

For its part, the World Health Organization this week recommended nations lift or ease their existing travel restrictions. This came during this week’s meeting of the WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee. During that, they issued a new set of recommendations that are “critical to all countries.” That guidance included the following:

“Lift or ease international traffic bans as they do not provide added value and continue to contribute to the economic and social stress experienced by States Parties. The failure of travel restrictions introduced after the detection and reporting of Omicron variant to limit international spread of Omicron demonstrates the ineffectiveness of such measures over time. Travel measures (e.g. masking, testing, isolation/quarantine, and vaccination) should be based on risk assessments and avoid placing the financial burden on international travellers.”

Perhaps most notably, the Japanese minister responsible for containing COVID-19 while steering the world’s third largest economy said last week that Japan needs to achieve a better “balancing act” of growing the economy while managing the virus. “We know infectious diseases aren’t going away ever,” Daishiro Yamagiwa said at the Japan National Press Club. “Co-existing with them while revitalizing the economy toward growth is our job,” he said.

While these changes in public behavior and sentiment offer reason for optimism, especially as they occur during record case numbers, they’re hardly conclusive of imminent policy changes by Japan. To the contrary, there’s every reason to believe the current travel ban will last until at least February 28, 2022.

However, there is nevertheless cause for cautious confidence that this latest step backwards will be the last. In addition to all of the above, it’s now clear that banning foreigners is unproductive, as Omicron entered Japan regardless. That’s what happens with a “leaky” border closure–it’s possible to buy some time, but only delay the inevitable.

Several countries have already recognized this, plowing forward with reopening plans and even dropping border restrictions, including testing and quarantine requirements. Similarly, more global groups like IMF and Eurasia Group are casting doubt on zero-Covid policies as being overly burdensome, destined to fail, and cause greater overall damage.

Omicron evading Japan’s border closure is arguably a positive development for the long-term prospects of tourists. For one, it demonstrates the inefficacy of the measure. For another, it moves forward the timeline for the milder Omicron variant to work its way through Japan’s population. If Japan’s health care system is not tested even with rising cases, this could be the beginning of the end on restrictions.

Regardless of how things play out with Omicron, this will be a setback to Japan’s reopening progress in the coming couple of months. While tourists hadn’t yet been allowed to reenter Japan, the country will still scale up slowly when reopening does resume–and this is at least 3-4 months of lost time. Even assuming the absolute best case scenario, no foreign tourists will be entering Japan until sometime in late Spring 2022, perhaps even summer.

Compared to most highly industrialized nations, Japan remains relatively insular and apprehensive of outsiders. For better or worse, it’s a culturally conservative country–a characteristic that is often valued by visitors. Not so much in the last couple of years, as this has been reflected in policy-making. Japan has vilified and scapegoated foreigners and had an overly aggressive approach to its borders.

That’s one of the reasons we previously cautioned against expecting any reopening announcements prior to Japan’s election. For many voters, reopening was simply a politically unpalatable policy–and the current border closure remains popular. However, another thing that’s politically unpalatable is a struggling economy. Japan has lagged behind economically, seeing slower recovery than the United States and other counterparts that have more aggressively reopened. The point is that the general public often holds internally incompatible beliefs or desires, which cannot be reconciled in making public policy.

Prior to Omicron, many countries–including those that had been incredibly restrictive of movement–shifted strategies and signaled a move towards reopening. Perhaps most notably, there’s New Zealand, which announced a shift from suppressing all outbreaks and new cases to “living with the virus.” The country has seemingly acknowledged that chasing zero cases is a fool’s errand, as the disease will become endemic.

Now, many experts are saying that Omicron will hasten the transition to endemicity. That’s a good thing in the medium to long term, but not so much in the immediate future as cases are likely to continue surging in Japan. However, once this surge ends (likely in 4-6 weeks if other countries are instructive), the pace of reopening plans could accelerate–just has occurred elsewhere around the world.

While other countries initially reacted similarly, Japan is perhaps the biggest offender when it comes to embracing the “we have to do something!” mentality–even if that something is wholly ineffective, mostly symbolic, or forestalling the inevitable. Border closures are low-hanging fruit, a signal to the public that the government is “doing something” about a virus it cannot control, while also not actually impacting the lives of its own citizens.

Many of Japan’s policy moves–or lack thereof–have been driven by fear of cultural outsiders, the unknown, and indecisiveness. Immunity is essentially the only way out of this endless cycle of lockdowns and loosening of restrictions. Those policies made some degree of sense when attempting to buy time while waiting for a vaccine. That is no longer the case.

Previously, Japan’s reopening was to be a phased approach starting with students, business travelers, and certain training programs followed by leisure travel after that. Japan has a plan to roll out countermeasures and a travel program set up for international tourists. Once these safety measures are in place, the government plans to lift Japan’s travel ban on foreign tourists gradually.

One component of last year’s version of Japan’s reopening program was that it was slated to begin rolling out in the winter. At the time, the goal was to gradually resume tourism with a soft launch during the off-season when travel volume was lower. From there, it would scale up for spring and summer, when demand naturally increases. It’s unclear whether this is still the plan, but we highly doubt Japan will simply open the floodgates for its busiest travel season of the year. More likely, it’ll be a pilot program and/or slow launch targeting a time when travel is lower.

How that could change is largely dependent upon how the current Omicron surge plays out and whether public sentiment continues to shift along with it. If hospitalizations remain relatively low or cases plummet as quickly and sharply as has happened in other countries, Japan could accelerate reopening plans. The country could also consolidate the timeline, recognizing that the virus has reached endemicity and it’s time to move on with life.

Accordingly, it’s our view that a phased reopening beginning in April 2022 is the plausible best case scenario if things go well and Omicron isn’t a serious setback. If there are significant problems–or even if there aren’t but Japan opts to maintain an overly cautious course–reopening might get pushed back to Summer 2022. If the government stubbornly ignores the rest of the world, that could slip into fall or even 2023.

Ultimately, Japan reopening to tourists as part of its phased approach in the first half of 2022 is just a guess–and we’ve made several overly optimistic guesses that have turned out to be wrong. With Omicron now in the picture and Japan in the midst of its sixth wave, it’s entirely possible that Japan won’t reopen until the second half of 2022. We’ll have a much clearer picture about 2-3 weeks after Omicron cases peak and hospitalizations start decreasing–hopefully both happen sometime in February 2022.

If Omicron in Japan follows a similar trajectory to other countries, international travel to Japan still seems likely by late Spring 2022. Even though Japan is cautious and conservative, with a slow and belabored decision-making process that often embodies “analysis paralysis,” the tides seem to be turning all around the world, as people are ready to move on with life. Japan cannot stay its present course without economic consequences, and its government recognizes this.

If you’re planning a visit, our recommendation at this point is to target April 2022 at the absolute earliest. With cherry blossom season forecast to start early, that almost certainly means missing that. Fall colors season (November/December 2022) might be the safer bet. Not because we think that is precisely when Japan will reopen, but because we anticipate the reopening to have scaled up and smoothed out by that point–and because that’s simply a good time to visit Japan.

Either way, we’ll keep watching the news and keep you posted if/when there are further developments about Japan reopening and allowing entry to travelers from the United States, Canada, Europe, and beyond. Again, if you’d like to be notified as soon as more details are released or rumored, subscribe to our free email newsletter for ongoing updates and alerts:

If you’re planning a trip to the Japan, check out our other posts about Japan for ideas on other things to do! We also recommend consulting our Ultimate Guide to Kyoto and Ultimate Guide to Tokyo to plan.

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  1. Bill Woodward
    Bill Woodward says:

    I had a trip booked for April of this year, which I then pushed back to November. Now I’m hoping for March 2022.

    I did travel to the Czech Republic a few weeks ago, and had a great time. Folks were masking on all public transport, and mostly in restaurants, tourism spots, inside cathedrals, etc. The Czech Republic is open to vaccinated Americans (no Covid test required), while completely closed to unvaccinated Americans. I expect more countries to take that approach.

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  2. Chris
    Chris says:

    Now Fumio Kishide will be new Prime Minister. According to Nikkei Newspaper yesterday, the government will leave it to him to decide about possible border openings. I have commented about him some time ago on this page. He said about his covid strategy that all of his decisions will be based on “worst case scenarios” and at the same time he wants to pump money into the population and businesses to alleviate the covid crisis. i didn’t hear anything from him clearly about the border situation. But his general ideas sound to me rather like “keep the border closed to prevent any possible risk and instead subsidize businesses in Japan”.

    Do you agree or you have another opinion? I am not super familiar with Kishide.

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    • Wassim Hellal
      Wassim Hellal says:

      I think he said that he will ask for the vaccine passport to be used for tourism, before the election the 4 candidates spoke about tourism, like 1 or 2 days before the election

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    • Leonidas
      Leonidas says:

      The only thing that still gives me a slice of hope of a sooner opening is that, despite everything, Japan never created a “ban list” based on high-risk/medium-risk/low-risk, they just kept adding every country to a extremely wide general ban list.
      This might indicate they will “open for everyone” once they do (vaccinated of course). Vaccination there is ramping up super fast, they already harshly dropped in daily cases. Once they confirm things are under control (as long as it’s not COVID zero bullshit NZ strategy), we might see a reopening starting between December and March.

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    • Octávio
      Octávio says:

      I agree. The government will most likely rather pay for the tourism sector to stay than to reopen the country to foreign tourists. It’s a terrible strategy because it will work for a while but will eventually created an economic imbalance in the real economy. And, of course, hinder our travel plans indefinitely…

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  3. wassim
    wassim says:

    I think we can be optimistic about spring 2022. Why ? 2 words …. Sakura Season, Japan was closed for 2 sakura seasons (2020 and 2021) + the olympics, the amount of money lost is crazy + Kyoto is facing bankruptcy without talking about all the businesses that need to survive thanks to tourism. I think we have a good 80% chance to see the reopening around march/april 2022

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    • Octávio
      Octávio says:

      In theory, you’re right: logically Japan should reopen to try and save the tourism industry. But logic isn’t on the table. It’s the irrational fear of foreigners that rules Japan today. The Bank of Japan will most likely follow through with Kishida’s plan and keep the money presses going to dump aid money all over the hotel owners and most tourism related businesses. I hate to say it, but I fear for Sakura season 2022 for I also have bookings for late March… My trip as been cancelled 4 times in 18 months.

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      • Wassim Hellal
        Wassim Hellal says:

        Yes i agree with you, but the G7 had a meeting last week about tourism and the reopening and all. I won’t see a recommendation coming from them for the other countries with one of their members not respecting rhe recommendation

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    • wassim hellal
      wassim hellal says:

      to be honest, i think japan will reopen around march/april 2022, I started booking my plane ticket for may 2022, and the hotels (with cancelation option). So I think its safe to say you can start book things but on expedia or booking . com always take the (cancelation option) it doesnt cost anything. And for the plane ticket i changed mine 5 times without any fees so its safe (i booked with air canada)

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      • Tom
        Tom says:

        Do you have to book any particular kind of fare to be able to rebook? Like is that flexibility only available at certain tiers?

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        • Wassim Hellal
          Wassim Hellal says:

          for plane ticket, before booking you can still contact the company to know more about their cancelation policy, I’m from Canada so when I look with Air Canada, I can change the dates whenever I want, I did it 4 times now (I only have to pay the price difference, but I never had to because it’s always the same price), but I cant ask for a refund with air canada. Concerning the hotels and all, on expedia you can select the option Free cancellation, there is no additional cost for a booking with free cancellation or without

  4. Ali
    Ali says:

    Had been booked for March 2021 but pushed back to next Spring. ATM I think there’s about a 50/50 chance of getting to go then. Even if the borders do open, there will still likely be some sort of quarantine or limited numbers allowed. If they add restrictions on internal travel e.g. not allowed to use public transport for 10 days then that will mean most organised tours that take in 2 or 3 cities will need to be rescheduled again. With that in mind, I believe it will be the fall of 2022 before it starts to return to anywhere near normal and potentially 2023 (though I’m hoping for earlier than that). Whatever happens, the flight prices etc will skyrocket when Japan does open it’s doors to tourists…so may well close them again in fright lol!

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  5. Dariann
    Dariann says:

    My husband and I are booked to go to Japan in late Dec 2021, so I hope the quarantine is over before then! But if we have to cancel it is what it is. Remaining hopeful that Covid numbers keep going down.

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  6. Vanessa
    Vanessa says:

    I have already booked twice in Japan year 2020 and 2021. Both trips are canceled and I lost money on rebooking my second trip. Now hestent on rebooking. Just going to wait for updated news and book once they allow USA and Canada tourists. I have no issues getting all documents required to travel to Japan. But difficult to not use public transportation (quarantine) in Japan unless you rent a vehicle.

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    • Rick
      Rick says:

      So the company canceled your tour and YOU had to pay to re-book? WAHT? I’m sorry to hear your news. What company did you use?

      I’m booked with Japan and more and they’ve also had to cancel my tour, but it hasn’t cost me anything. As a matter of fact, the tour they switched me to was more expensive, and they let us switch for the same price. They’ve even told us that if it gets canceled again, we’ll be able to switch again – at no cost to us.

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  7. Chris D
    Chris D says:

    I’d love Japan to reopen, but I had a look at the ticketing situation at TDL and the capacity seems to be so limited that tickets are extremely hard to obtain. So from my point of view, that’s two things that need to change before I book my flight!

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  8. KT
    KT says:

    Everyone planning a trip for spring 2022 is being so optimistic. I’m planning on fall 2022 and that has me worried it might not be possible…. I do hope things change soon. Get vaccinated!

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  9. Chris
    Chris says:

    So last week the government has announced that as in November some 80% of the population will be vaccinated, they can then start their “covid exit plan” which means lifting some covid restrictions. For the first time I’m happy to see they seem to understand that we have to learn to live “with Covid” and normal life has to return. Zero covid is an illusion.

    However… the government has been heavily critized for this. Here some excerpts from the news:

    “Japan governors fret over impact of government’s plans to ease COVID-19 curbs. The governors said the announcement of the plan to relax curbs around November once most of the population has been vaccinated could make the public too optimistic about the pandemic situation.” (Japan Times, Sep 11)

    “Japan’s top COVID-19 adviser Shigeru Omi on Wednesday warned against hastily easing anti-pandemic restrictions. Omi warned that the fight against the new virus is expected to last for a long time. “It may take about two to three years until the public no longer has to worry about COVID-19”. (Kyodo News, Sep 16)

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    • Tom Bricker
      Tom Bricker says:

      Thankfully, Japan hasn’t had the same zero covid delusions of some other countries. Although they have adopted a lot of theater/symbolic measures similar to other countries that have accomplished nothing other than conveying to the public that leaders are “doing something” (even if that something is wholly ineffective). I’m not sure that’s much better.

      Shigeru Omi has made headlines repeatedly for ‘sky is falling’ predictions and recommendations, many of which have been wrong and/or ignored. No surprise he’s against a covid exit plan given his past statements. (And also the reality that it would marginalize his influence.)

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      • Jim
        Jim says:

        Hi Tom
        What do you think of the new PM?
        Also, I got an email “notification” yesterday from TC saying there was a good chance that Japan would open in late November! Before I could check it out it seems to have disappeared. Was that from you?
        Thanks for all the info
        Jim

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  10. Luuna
    Luuna says:

    Wow. Thank you so much for such an in depth article about the current situation. It is difficult to find so much information elsewhere. At the same time I`m almost covered in my tears as I have waited for more than 1.5 years now to enter Japan. I`m feeling better to know that I`m not alone. Hoping very much that there will be enough people vaccinated and that they will be able to open again this fall.

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  11. Gabriel
    Gabriel says:

    The number of vaccinateds is high and keep rising, Covid cases are going down very quickly, what are they waiting to open it up or it least start to think about it?

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  12. Jintaro
    Jintaro says:

    Planning to go in late March. I’m optimistic that this won’t be a big problem as they will have enough time to prepare regulations and international vaccination passport apps.

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  13. inoe
    inoe says:

    Japanese government never take a vote or public opinion. We cant hope from political issue or main big event like Olympic. The real reason they still banned for International Travelers is pure because the number, and sadly the number of Covid is never touch to zero. Lets forget about being normal and visiting Japan.

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