TOKYO – Fireworks across Japan earlier this week lifted a nation which had been locked down in a state of emergency since April.
Simultaneous fireworks displays were held at about 200 locations all over Japan, although locations were not widely advertised to avoid the gathering of large crowds.
As of Monday, Japan has imposed entry bans on 111 countries and regions including the United States, most of Asia and all of Europe. The bans are currently in effect until the end of June.
However, the government has indicated that it may ease its entry ban currently in place on visitors from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The easing of a ban for business visitors is being eyed as a first step and Tokyo will negotiate conditions with the four nations, according to a Japan Times source.
The Japanese government is expected to approve a US$1.1 trillion stimulus package next week, part of which will find its way to support the domestic tourism industry.
A Go to Travel campaign, which is still being mulled, will pay for a portion of domestic travel expenses only, according to tweets by the Japan Tourism Agency. It will not be extended to international tourists at this stage.
Only 2,900 foreign visitors entered Japan in April, a drop of more than 99.9% compared with the year earlier, recent government data has shown.
In good news, Universal Studios Japan will reopen to the general public from June 19.The Osaka park will reopen with a limited capacity and initially entry will be restricted to residents of the Kansai area.