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U.S.-Japan air traffic declines

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Any one knows a reason causing foreigners staying away from Japan? ...

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Any one knows a reason causing foreigners staying away from Japan?

While the trained rescue teams are very welcome and very much appreciated, tourists and businessmen would have little joy in the Kanto area, what with the shortages, disrupted travel, power cuts, etc. And Japan for its part at the moment really doesn't want to be bothered with clueless folk wandering around clogging things up and using precious resources. Common sense, I would have thought.

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My sister was due to come over in April, but I've told her to stay at home, it's hard enough for locals to keep working, and someone who is not used to crowds could really be stressed. Of course now the travel agency refuse to give her a refund, circumstances not exceptional enough!

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Perhaps also the US State Department bulletin advising against US citizens making unnecessary travel to Japan might have something to do with it also

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"Anyone knows a reason causing foreigners to stay away from Japan?"

Ask the U.S. State Department. They said something to the effect that now's not a good time to go to Japan.

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CLEO! You are back! I am sure you know that many people were worried about you. Happy to see you posting again :)

Anyway, it is sad that tourism will be taking a hit...if only tourists were willing to fly into Kansai and explore the southern, often less traveled part of Japan. It might put a slight strain on resources but pump money into the economy which can be used for relief efforts.

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Let's see how much longer until the flight crew/cabin crew unions start raising hell about flying into NRT...

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"Anyone knows a reason causing foreigners to stay away from Japan?"

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i thought the reason is quite self evident. Just read the news.

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"Any one knows a reason causing foreigners staying away from Japan? ..."

Thankfully there is still humor and irony in shinkansenjp's corner of Japan! Did you have a nice nap, Rip Van Winkle?

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One of my cousins is an international volunteer, made his own NGO, coming in with volunteers to Narita next monday, then going up to Sendai etc..to help out, I should be going to, I am not sure if they have any Japanese translators and that would be a problem, language barrier etc..but this group Jordan Aid International has helped people out in Haiti, etc..now time to help the victims in the Tohoku region but I told my cousin we should avoid Fukushima, the radiation etc...So even though air traffic may be down, very good people from all over the world want to help us here in Japan in our time of need.

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Just returned from Kanto last week and would love to go back before Sept. (language study, friends..). But United seems to be cutting direct flights from Chicago and raising prices. They should be working to stimulate demand - not only respond to temporarily depressive conditions.

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Cleo! Glad to see you're still among us! A few people said you live in the northeast, and I was genuinely worried about you.

As Sarge noted, the U.S. State Dept. advised Americans to not travel to Japan during this crisis. If I were a trained in rescue or an EMT, or could help in any way, I would be there as fast as I could. But since I can't be of help at this time, I'm staying here and donating what little money I have left to aid agencies.

The last thing Japan needs is more people using what resources they have available. Fuel needs to be reserved for emergency and relief vehicles. Medicine needs to be transported, and blankets delivered to keep people warm in the shelters.

But when the time comes, and Japan has the resources to support tourism again, I'll be back over there.

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sakurala and WhiteHawk, thank you. I'm not in the thick of it (southern Tochigi), but the 6+ shake killed my phone, router and computer as well as scaring the living daylights out of me, so it took me a few days to get sorted.

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I don't see how a weakened travel industry accomplishes anything but further deterioration of the country's economy. Japanese are already moving around less internally which means business/tourist hotels will go out of business and more people end up unemployed. It isn't as if they are going to have a fire sale with donations of blankets of food to the relief effort.

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My adult daughter and I are still coming over to Japan in early July as planned. If we are unable to visit Hakodate and Sappore by train as planned, then we'll spend extra days in Western Japan and Kyushu. We're not concerned about the radiation issue at all. We're both hoping that our visit will still help the Japan economy in some way with our hotels, food, shopping, train tickets, etc. Gambatte Japan! You are amazing people! Juneau John

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