The government plans to ease visa requirements for foreign ski instructors to help attract skiers from abroad amid the sport’s declining popularity in Japan, a government source said Saturday.

The Justice Ministry is eyeing amending the relevant ordinance as early as this summer, believing instructors with foreign language skills could help revitalize the domestic ski industry, the source said. At the same time, the ministry will also focus on preventing tourists from illegally working as ski instructors after entering Japan.

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