Japan hopes reopening of inbound tourism will boost local economies

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu has expressed hope that the resumption of inbound tourism will help revitalize the country's local economies.

Japan eased its anti-coronavirus border controls on Friday and started accepting tourists from overseas.

Matsuno said the government will continue to urge related parties to follow the COVID-19 preventive-measure guidelines compiled by the Japan Tourism Agency.

Matsuno also noted that Japan will aim to increase visitor arrivals in stages to levels similar to those of normal years.

But he stressed that the government will make decisions on inbound quotas and other issues by taking into account the implementation status of quarantine systems and anti-virus measures in the country.

He added that the government will also consider the COVID-19 infection situation at home and abroad, as well as border control measures in major countries.