Yes, it is likely to happen in the second quarter of the year. Recently, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced during his visit to London that Japan intends to further ease border controls as of June 2022. This is intended to put Japan more in line with other G7 countries, which allow quarantine-free travel for vaccinated visitors. However, the meaning of this is still unclear since entry rules are not uniform across G7 nations. For example, the United States requires foreign leisure travellers to be fully vaccinated while Italy, France and the United Kingdom do not.
Currently, Japan allows up to 10,000 people a day to enter Japan, but visitors are limited to businesspeople, technical interns and students. It plans to raise the cap as well as the number of foreign tourists in stages in the months to come.
We’d sure love to see border restrictions eased, though unfortunately as of now details continue to remain pretty limited.