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© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: An information notice regarding COVID-19 safety precautions is shown next to closed doors in a Narita International Airport departure hall on the first day with closed borders to stop the spread of Omicron, a new coronavirus Omicron strain.

TOKYO, Reuters – Japan’s business community released a joint statement Friday requesting further easement of border control as Japan begins a gradual easing COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Keidanren, the domestic chamber of commerce, and other chambers of Commerce urged more easing in order to create an “environment where people, goods and money can freely move”.

Japan opened its doors to tourists gradually on Friday, after more than two years of ban. To ensure infection control compliance, visitors are required to be on packaged tours and accompanied by guides.

Fumio Kishida, Japan’s Prime Minister, pledged to improve Japan’s borders, which were among the most restrictive in the world in the wake of the pandemic.

In a joint statement, United States business lobby and European business lobby signed onto, Japan urged to reinstate visa exemption eligibility for Groups of Seven trading partner.

It also advocated for individual travel to be restored quickly, COVID testing being relaxed at airports and an increase in international arrivals.

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