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Ninja Castle in Tokyo has heartwarming message for foreign tourists in midst of coronavirus

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

As the coronavirus continues to spread in Japan, fear of contracting the illness is also spreading throughout the country. Worrying news reports are now surfacing, with one commuter pushing the emergency button on a passenger who coughed without wearing a mask on a train and business owners flatly denying entry to people who aren’t Japanese.

With everyone on edge at the moment, one business in Tokyo is putting a smile on people’s faces with a refreshingly friendly approach to foreigners in the midst of the current health crisis. As one of the city’s most popular tourist spots, Ninja Castle in Asakusa is used to welcoming foreign visitors through its doors, and now they’ve decided to take a stand against “corona discrimination” with an all-inclusive message that’s caught everyone’s attention.

Twitter user @MAD_adnap snapped the photo above of the message outside Ninja Castle.

The message reads:

“We welcome everyone. So foreigner (sic) and of course Chinese too. The bad thing is the virus not you who come to Japan. So come in with ‘peace of mind’. Eliminate corona discrimination. Ninja Castle.”

This level-headed approach towards foreigners at a time when many are labeling them as possible high-risk carriers for the virus is a welcome change to some of the sad stories of racist behavior floating around online at the moment.

In light of the massive drop in tourist numbers from China and other places around the world due to coronavirus fears, many businesses in Japan are currently facing an uncertain future as they struggle to stay afloat. Down in Kyoto, a city that’s usually weighed down by problems related to overtourism, merchants have even started an “empty” tourist campaign to encourage more people to visit the area.

While Ninja Castle relies on its foreign customers in the same way Kyoto does, it’s nice to see them acknowledge their customer base and proactively create a message to make them feel at ease. As they say, “the bad thing is the virus not you who come to Japan”. 

Coronavirus doesn’t discriminate, people do, so hopefully we see more of these welcome messages in the future as opposed to fear-based signs denying people entry to businesses solely on the basis of race.

Source: Twitter/@MAD_adnap 

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Awww that's adorable!

Stuff like this makes me love Japan even more!

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Glad I could brighten your morning Elvis! Have a good day!

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There are nice people in this world. Respect goes to Ninja Castle in Tokyo.

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It’s nice to see an article about something positive. Usually only negative stories make it into the news, giving JT posters a distorted vision of reality where japan is a crumbling hell hole. When actually just like every country there are some people who suck and some who are awesome.

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Saw a group of Japanese this morning in a cafe on The Barrier Reef coast in Australia escaping the weather and the virus, said they we happy to be here.

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That’s the spirit of Real Japan and Japanese! Love you ❤️

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Thanks for a positive news JT.

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Honestly after all the negative posts, this one made me smile. It means that there are still people who act with their mind not with fear! Bravo!!

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Ninjas: Always known for their warmth and hospitality.

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Ninjas: Always known for their warmth and hospitality.

Captain Picard has the right reply to such negative sarcasm.

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