Japan’s borders will reopen to foreign visitors after being closed for more than two years due to the COVID outbreak. On October 11, travelers will not need a visa or to use a travel agency to enter the country. There will not be a restriction on daily arrivals either. Guests must show confirmation of their triple vaccination in order to enter, or their COVID test must come back negative. The expected increase in tourists will be timed to coincide with the Japanese yen’s slowest slide against the US dollar in six months, which will be advantageous for the government and local businesses. Mr. Kishida revealed a domestic reward program that provides savings on admission to shows, concerts, theme parks, and other events. However, the locals, like everyone else, have been deeply concerned about the rising cost of living. One of the last Asian countries to keep its borders closed over COVID health issues was the third-largest economy in the world. Although lockdowns and the use of masks were never required in Japan, many people were willing to take such measures.