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In this short policy brief, we aim to answer four questions. 1. Will Japanese tourists coming to Hawaii be COVID-19 free after taking a pre-departure PCR test? 2. Are some Japanese tourists likely to be infected in Hawaii and bring COVID-19 back to Japan? 3. Will the combination of a pre-departure test and a quarantine upon return to Japan lead to a substantial resumption of tourism to Hawaii? 4. What are the potential pitfalls and risks from reopening Japanese tourism?