Some further changes announced in Japan today. Last week, they dropped the requirement for PCR testing before boarding a flight to Japan, which was great news for residents, but still they did not allow mass tourism, only North Korea style "guided tours".
Today, they relaxed for tourists somewhat, allowing non-escorted visitors into the country. But still it seems like tourists may need to purchase some "package tour" (as opposed to "guided tour" last week), and still no word on if Japan has reinstated visa exemptions like they had pre-pandemic or if tourists still need to apply for a visa.
Progress. Just very very slow. At least faster than HK .