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Japan to introduce “vaccine passports” for international travel

Japan plans to introduce “vaccine passports” to make it easier for people who have been inoculated against COVID-19 to travel internationally, government sources said Wednesday.

The passports are expected to be in the form of a smartphone app, with travelers scanning QR codes at airports before boarding flights or when entering the country.

The government is moving forward with the plan in the hope of resuming business travel that has virtually stopped during the pandemic, joining the European Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China.

“Other countries are doing it, so Japan will have to consider it too,”

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Japan to introduce ‘vaccine passports’ for international travel

Japan plans to introduce “vaccine passports” to make it easier for people who have been inoculated against COVID-19 to travel internationally, government sources said Wednesday.

The passports are expected to be in the form of a smartphone app, with travelers scanning a QR code at the airport before boarding a flight or when entering the country.

The government is moving forward with the plan in the hope of resuming business travel, which has virtually stopped during the pandemic, to shore up the world’s third-largest economy.

Taro Kono, the minister in charge of Japan’s vaccination efforts, said last month the government

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Japan wants more pre-departure virus testing for Olympic and Paralympic teams

Japan’s government will ask overseas athletes and staff participating in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to be tested for the novel coronavirus twice within 96 hours of departure from their respective countries, multiple games sources said Sunday.

An interim report by a government-led panel released last December concluded that travelers needed to be tested once within 72 hours of departure. The requirement for multiple negative tests is designed to tighten health screening during the immigration process, the sources said.

Tokyo Games athletes and staff will also be tested at the airport upon their arrival in Japan.

The issue is set

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Japan opts not to resume travel subsidy program until at least June

The Japanese government will not resume a subsidy program for promoting domestic tourism until June at the earliest due to concerns over a resurgence of the new coronavirus, even as a state of emergency was lifted for the last remaining area earlier this week, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The government will earmark 300 billion yen ($2.8 billion) as reserves to support municipalities’ own travel promotion initiatives until the “Go To Travel” campaign restarts, the person said.

Photo taken at a shopping street in Tokyo’s Asakusa area on Dec. 19, 2020, shows a signboard promoting the Japanese

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FAUCHON L’Hotel Kyoto Opens In Japan

FAUCHON Hospitality, which debuted its first hotel in Paris in September 2018, opened its second hotel in Kyoto, Japan. The property is already a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

Japan has been featured high on the “must visit” lists when travel resumes, and the allure of this FAUCHON property, which is in the Shimogyo-ku district approximately 10 minutes from the most interesting districts (Gion, Higashiyama and Kawaramachi-Shijo, is also not to be missed. The property is already a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

The 70-room FAUCHON L’Hotel Kyoto carries on the tradition of its

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