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May 26
The government will carry out support measures to shore up demand in the travel and restaurant industries hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, starting late July, sources said Monday. (Japan Times)

May 26
One of Japan’s major airlines plans to make the wearing of face masks compulsory as the industry shifts toward operating in a new coronavirus pandemic normal. (Japan Times)

May 26
The number of foreign tourists staying at hotels in the normally thronging tourist destination of Kyoto plunged 89.5 percent in March from a year earlier amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent survey.
(Japan Times)

May 24
Some souvenir shops and restaurants have reopened in the popular tourist district of Arashiyama in Kyoto, following the lifting of restrictions on business activity in the prefecture.
(NHK)

May 23
A Japanese business daily apologized Friday after it erroneously reported that this year’s Fuji Rock Festival, one of the largest outdoor music events in Japan, has been canceled. (Kyodo)

May 23
Three Japan Railways Group firms said Friday they plan to scale back cancellations of regular bullet train services ahead of a recovery in travel demand expected from the government’s lifting of the state of emergency in many areas of the country. (Japan Times)

May 23
Japan on Friday included 11 more countries, including India, on its travel advisory list as part of measures against the novel coronavirus pandemic. (aa.com)

May 22
Japan is preparing to gradually ease its entry restrictions on foreign visitors, with business travelers and researchers being the first to get the green light. (Nikkei)

May 22
Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways will make it mandatory for passengers to wear a mask aboard planes and at the airport, starting in June.
(NHK)

May 21
The number of foreign visitors to Japan plunged by 99.9 percent in April from a year ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.
(NHK)