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Mitsubishi Estate, China's Trip.com to help pep up tourism in Japan

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Industrial tourism, enflamed by corporate profiteers intends to directly encourage the 'great white whale' to once again invade Japan with hordes of tourists. Instead of sustainable domestic tourism, it purposefully creates a dependence on Chinese tourists which adversely impacts local cultures and does naught to bring an economics of scale which sustains independent, small business.

In Nara, five hotels have recently been constructed, including a massive Marriott and FuFu a resort hotel. FuFu was somehow allowed to avoid regulations and ordinances that do not permit hotels in Nara Park - the governor was in league with the corporation that owns FuFu and changed the law to allow its presence. FuFu the rooms are incredibly expensive and aimed at wealthy Chinese. The monies spent will not enter the local economy or banking institutions. Same for the Marriott. That FuFu was allowed, neglects its impacts on the historic and rather beautiful Nara Hotel that sits just outside Nara Park.

An APA hotel has been constructed which impinges on the historic district and will further. A robot hotel (with no robots) which employs a minimal staff is another recent addition, as is another 'luxury hotel' close to the main shopping street & arcade.

Not one of these entities will profit the local economy.

Nara Park is designated by the federal government as a "Place of Scenic Beauty" which has been intentionally despoiled by a callous governor and his ties to outside businesses and contractors. He once proposed the construction of a monorail thru Nara Park to the op of mount Wakakusa, which brought significant outrage from the local population. Nor did he listen to the citizenry that opposed the building of FuFu.

One might also consider the 'ecology of tourism' which brings the likes of SARSCoV-2. The first case of domestic transmission was a Tour Bus with citizens of Wuhan, shuttling between Tokyo and Osaka, the bus driver was from Nara and was one of the first individuals infected with the virus.

Large entities like Mitsubishi and Trip.com are simply in the business of generating profit at any cost and have access to capital that creates adverse impacts to the culture of Japan, which it exploits without care. The Marriott in Nara was built with the involvement of the Mori Trust, controlled by one of Japan's billionaires.

Trip.com is based in Singapore and a Chinese company. It is an online presence and will directly compete with JTB and H.I.S., both which have struggled during the pandemic, branches of which recently closed in Nara. Both were a large presence in Nara.

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A woman running a liquor store in the Mt. Fuji region told me of rumours that Chinese investors are really keen to develop the area, buying up local land and creating huge modern hotels and other facilities that would cater exclusively to an endless stream of mainland Chinese tourists.

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Japan’s growth in the modern age has spoiled and blighted the nature in Japan that was so abundant.

The Japanese do not want hordes of tourists causing chaos, holding up traffic, blocking sidewalks, and impacting on the harmony that is present in Japan.

It is time to restrict the flow…

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No tourism.

Advanced technology and industry, please.

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No, no, no. No going back to how it was before. No way. Life in Japan has been so much nicer without tens of millions of tourists. MUCH nicer.

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An APA hotel has been constructed which impinges on the historic district and will further. A robot hotel (with no robots) which employs a minimal staff is another recent addition, as is another 'luxury hotel' close to the main shopping street & arcade.

Ironically, the owner of APA is extremely Sinophobic and hateful. I guess that he has been bought out by Chinese money.

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