Japan to lift travel restrictions but labour shortages dampening hopes for tourism boom

10/10/2022 9:59:00 AM

Japan to lift travel restrictions but labour shortages dampening hopes for tourism boom

Japan to lift travel restrictions but labour shortages dampening hopes for tourism boom

As Japan throws open its doors to visitors this week after more than two years of pandemic isolation, hopes for a tourism boom face tough headwinds amid shuttered shops and a shortage of hospitality workers.

Key points: Japan's PM is counting on tourism to help invigorate the economy However, about 73pc of Japan's hotels are short staffed About half of the shops and restaurants in Japan's biggest airport remain closed From Tuesday, Japan will reinstate visa-free travel to dozens of countries, including Australia, and scrap its cap of 50,000 daily arrivals, ending some of the world's strictest border controls to slow the spread of COVID-19.The Australian Financial Review.North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles from the Munchon area of Kangwon Province to the waters off the peninsula's eastern coast, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff have told reporters.Cookie Guide.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is counting on tourism to help invigorate the nation's economy and reap some benefits from the yen's slide to a 24-year low.Arata Sawa is among those eager for the return of foreign tourists, who previously comprised 90 per cent of the guests at his traditional inn in Tokyo.” Advertisement Mr Wylie, who arrived in Tokyo last week to scout new business opportunities, said Japan’s US$3."I'm hoping and anticipating that a lot of foreigners will come to Japan, just like before COVID," Mr Sawa said.Both missiles fell outside Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone, Ino added.More than half a million tourists have visited Japan so far this year, compared with a record 31.5 trillion) stock of foreign denominated investment assets dwarfed China’s at US$1.8 million in 2019.Credit: Screenshot “Car 10, which had collected damage and pitted behind the Safety Car, was then driving at high speed to catch up to the field.

Banking on the summer Olympics to boost visitor numbers, the government had a goal of 40 million in 2020 until both were up-ended by the pandemic.The annual Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference (AJBCC) starts on Monday, with high-level representatives from the Japanese and Australian governments and companies such as Nippon Steel, Inpex Corp, grain importer Hakubaku, Fujitsu, Tokyo Gas, Macquarie Capital, Santos, AMP, National Australia Bank attending.The US imposed new sanctions Friday, following North Korean recent ballistic missile tests, the US Treasury and State Department said.Tourists will return to popular attractions like the Kiyomizu temple.( ) Airport like a 'ghost town' Japan's biggest international airport, Narita Airport, remains eerily quiet, with about half of its 260 shops and restaurants closed.AJBCC chairman Peter Grey said the surprisingly large number of Australian delegates travelling to Tokyo, which will not fully open its borders to tourists until Tuesday, indicated the huge level of interest in Japan."It's like half a ghost town," New Zealand traveller Maria Satherley said.This is the 25th missile launch this year, according to CNN's count, which includes both ballistic and cruise missiles.Ms Satherley, whose son lives in the northern island of Hokkaido, said she would like to return with her granddaughter this winter but probably would not because she was too young to receive a vaccination, which is a prerequisite for tourists entering Japan.Anthony Albanese attended a bilateral meeting with Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo last month.” Gasly was summoned by the stewards under an alleged breach of speeding under red flag conditions, while McLaren’s Lando Norris tweeted: “Wtf.

"We're just going to wait till next year," she said.President Sawato Shindo said three souvenir shops had been closed at the airport and were unlikely to reopen until next spring.“China is still obviously a very large market, but clearly everyone from the government down talks in terms of diversifying resources.It also asked vessels to report any relevant information."I don't think there's going to be a sudden return to the pre-pandemic situation," Mr Shindo said."Restrictions are still pretty strict compared to other countries.” Advertisement He said the huge presence by Australian universities at the conference reflected this, while the other focus was planning for an energy transition, where Australian hydrogen and other green energy sources would become increasingly important for Japan." Staff shortages raise concerns About 73 per cent of hotels nationwide said they were short of regular workers in August, up from about 27 per cent a year earlier, according to market research firm Teikoku Databank.The last time North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan was in 2017..

In Kawaguchiko, a lake town at the foot of Mt Fuji, inns had staffing difficulties before the pandemic due to Japan's tight labour market.Resources and energy remain the backbone of the relationship, including Australia’s largest single inbound foreign investment project, Inpex Corporation’s $US34 billion Ichthys LNG project.They anticipate a similar bottleneck now, according to a trade group staffer.That sentiment was echoed by Akihisa Inaba, general manager at the hot-spring resort Yokikan in Shizuoka, who said short staffing during the summer meant workers had to forego time off.Japan is Australia’s second-largest export market after China."The missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the DPRK's unlawful WMD and ballistic missile programs."Naturally, the labour shortage will become more pronounced when inbound travel returns," Mr Inaba said."So, I'm not so sure we can be overjoyed.“It’s terrific to see so many visitors here reacquainting themselves with Japan and all that it offers.” Your cookie settings are preventing this third party content from displaying.

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Japan to lift travel restrictions but labour shortages dampening hopes for tourism boomAs Japan throws open its doors to visitors this week after more than two years of pandemic isolation, hopes for a tourism boom face tough headwinds amid shuttered shops and a shortage of hospitality workers. Lift wages!