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Japan to trial small group tours from 4 countries

Japan will trial small group tours with travelers from the U.S., Australia, Thailand and Singapore from this month, the government said on Tuesday, as it experiments with easing strict COVID border rules.

There are no plans to lift border restrictions fully, as other countries have done, with the trial involving only tourists from the four countries who join package tours with predetermined itineraries, according to the Japan Tourism Agency.

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