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Experts meet on how to prevent Go To campaign from spreading coronavirus

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By Christopher Gallagher

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Just set up testing areas in each prefecture at stations and road stops to test people from out of the area and charge each person 5000 yen.

If the travel is discounted then who can complain?

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Another meeting with (so-called) experts to make that decision?

Whoever you talk to, they all say the same: at least delay this campaign!

Sell those vouchers and wait until next year (latest) to see whether or not the COVID19 problem has overcome.

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it is apparent Japan values tourism revenue more than the welfare of its citizens, also end the ridiculous hotel system of charring per person per room per night so tourists can afford to travel. I propose hotels overseas charge Japanese visitors the same way they charge us here - see how it feels.

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How about don’t encourage travel!!

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Easy solution is to postpone the campaign.

28 ( +28 / -0 )

"spread the virus through regions that have been relatively lightly hit" = regions that have not been tested.

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I am promoting the DO NOT GO TO Iwate travel campaign. In my town alone, 1/3 of our population is over 65 and the virus would wreck havoc on our community.

People don't have any sense of how to deal with a crisis. You need to travel? Really? We are in the middle of a pandemic. Wait until there is a vaccine in place

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“Experts”. LOL.

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You couldnt make this stuff up! Hilarious!

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It’s not going to make any difference. People will get the virus, recover from it, then be on their way again.

It’s seriously getting out of control, this virus stuff

-24 ( +5 / -29 )

Cancel it...

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"We hope the Go To campaign supports tourism and the food and beverage industry and brings about a social and economic recovery so that the regions can escape this severe situation," Suga told a news conference.

Right....

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Any expert who dares to say anything against the government have already been fired.

The new expert board is just a bunch of yes-men and for show.

The only conclusion that can come out of this “discussion” would be national government is and always will be 100% correct and there is zero risk of transmission from the go to campaign

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Once I go and get my ワクチン, give me a pamphlet with travel discounts on the way out. Thanks boo

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Go to jail. Do not pass GO. Do not collect 10 man yen.

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Radical idea here, but why don't we just postpone it to around 2022-ish?

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The world is in a mess. Good things in the past turned bad things. They are saying you can go on a trip but keep social distance, do not get together, do not have parties and when you eat, do not talk, wear masks etc. etc. We are living in an awful time.

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Tokyo put on high alert due to pandemic, citizens encouraged to leave the city and travel throughout the country.

You couldn't make this stuff up. It's pure comedy.

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Another "Expert" Pannel please grow up, if you need a Pannel to advise you, you are probably not suited to your position. A normal person would I think say holy crap stay at home.but have to wait for a newpanel of experts to say travel everything is OK, Not an expert not on a panel but even I can see this is seriously bad advice.

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They should not be promoting tourism, even domestic tourism, until Tokyo gets control of the pandemic. And it seems impossible to happen.

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Why not promote very strong deals to people within their own prefecture?

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Government...“So experts, how can we encourage travel and tourism while at the same time NOT spreading the virus?”

Experts..” You can’t.”

Government...”DOOH!... here’s you massive consultancy fee.

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They need yet another panel of so-called ‘experts’ to decide this? They have to be kidding, right? Japan is not ready to give up on travel restrictions and promote holidays due to the large number of infections, in Tokyo especially. All summer travel needs to be stopped or Japan will spend the next year battling this virus. The only countries that have succeeded in controlling the virus are those that took strict and drastic action against the transmission of the virus. Japan has not done that.

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Japan’s tourism industries have been suffocating for 4 months. Something has to be done.

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“All summer travel needs to be stopped or Japan will spend the next year battling this virus”

Lots of nightlife workers were tested and - what did we expect?

It’s but a fraction of what is likely the real number.

But if we leave the tourism industry to fend for itself this year it will go under.

Asymptomatic people will also not get tested due to the cultural stigma of being found positive

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Just freaking cancel the campaign, you can't have your cake and eat it too.

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Go To トラブル Campaign.

So now Tokyo citizens are excluded?

Shouldn't we get some cash instead?

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Has anyone concerned about the campaign thought about just booking out hotel rooms and claiming the cost back anyway? That would stop people travelling even if the government didn't do anything to stop it

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Just kick back with a few beers and go on a virtual tour of wherever takes your fancy. Spend time in front of the screen taking selfies and the experience will be complete.

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Got an AirBnb sorted for my summer trip. I’ll wear a mask

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

Don't Go To. Avoiding unnecessary travel is one of the first steps.......

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Has anyone concerned about the campaign thought about just booking out hotel rooms and claiming the cost back anyway? That would stop people travelling even if the government didn't do anything to stop it

What I heard is you may get 50% the price of a room or travel... so yeah book it and don’t turn up and consider the 50% you do pay a donation to the hotel.

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How about offering the discount on holidays booked and paid for now, but taken later? We do not want to spread the virus over all Japan.

An alternative would be to give some businesses compensation based on last year's sales. Many minshuku, ryokan and others would be happy to receive 50% of last year's sales. That might actually mean they make more profit than they did last year if they don't have to provide services such as food, cleaning and so on.

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The Kanji of the year for 2020 certainly has to be "Experts".

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The selfish will travel. And, just because you wear a mask doesn’t mean you can’t spread it. Stay away campaign is a much better solution.

However, I feel people will still head out of the city and destroy everything. It’s in their selfish nature. The ignorance is mind-boggling.

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LessDeceived, Damn “AutoCorrect”.

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In my expert opinion, the best way for this campaign to avoid the spread of covid is to simply change one word in the name. Instead, let's call it the "Go To Hospital" campaign. This has the added benefit of making sense grammatically.

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"We hope the Go To campaign supports tourism and the food and beverage industry and brings about a social and economic recovery so that the regions can escape this severe situation," Suga told a news conference.

Suga has said something extremely sugoi. I mean what even? You'd ask to wear mask, be at home and at the same time ask to travel just for the sake of "economic recovery" I am sorry but this is plain stupidity

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Somewhere in the distant future, in a far off galaxy, another Eikawa hologram on the Abe Maru

Blondie McGaibot: "What did you do for Obon?"

Gucci Lexus (named for her parents' favourite brandlore™): "I went to travel!

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

This really pisses me off.

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Experts meet on how to prevent Go To campaign from spreading coronavirus

You cancel the campaign. How easy was that!

Japan has not seen the kind of explosive spread of the coronavirus that has killed tens of thousands in other countries. 

Here we go again!

Every. Single. Article.

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Oh dear! Do I need to step in and tell them what to do? Again? Cancel, lockdown etc.etc.

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A Japanese campaign to boost domestic tourism faced scrutiny on Thursday with the economy minister due to meet experts as critics worried that encouraging people to travel out of Tokyo risks spreading the coronavirus.

Tokyo is being castigated for taking testing to 2 nightlife districts and ramped up testing a bit per japan model standard and that has led to an increase in numbers whereas the other cities with similar nightlife districts have done nothing while pointing fingers at tokyo. Osaka for the first time tested more one thousand and returned 65 new cases. Test and you will find.

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I don't see why it can't be delayed a bit, or it could be limited to certain regions," said Ryuta Ibaragi, governor of Okayama Prefecture, which has had just 29 infections out of Japan's total tally of 23,000 cases.

Lets look at Okayama pref, pop almost 2M, number of corona virus related calls to the welfare centers etc 45,632 calls. Total number of people tested 2094 that is 0.001% number of infected cases 29.

0.001% tested is like the geneal trend in almost every prefecture in japan. The numbers being low is not difficult to understand,

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Ridiculous and they expect us to swallow this dribble, yeah right, experts on what? WHat are they experts in , meetings and talking rubbish related to nothing helpful or how to manage the situation other than wearing arm bands so they can identify they are in the same expert group having tea served at some resort paid for by the tax payers.

How about some cluts makes a real live decision and says this joke stupid plan has been shelved and we are not going through with the Go To Campaign, but it will be post poned until after the situation has stabilised and then we will be promoting it with vigor.

Now that wasn't so hard was it !

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From another article today.

TThe train is not crowded and I don't worry how people at my hometown perceive me, but my wife seems to be worried about me," he said.

This sums up the stupidity of the

situation perfectly people are afraid of the stigma not the virus.

Young people with less to lose socially and economicaly are going out, enjoying themselves and thankfully spending money. If they get sick they have rightly figured out themselves or their family dying is not zero but at the worst 0.6%(according to the most comprehensive research, google geneva coronavirus if your interested).

Hopefully the rest of us will figure it out too in the near future.

Me personally, I want to travel this summer but the expected disapprovement from my clients is stopping me, not the virus. I hope you can see the difference.

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I wonder if any 'expert' will dare to tell the prime minister that locking down Now, eliminating the virus as best possible Now, will ensure that the Olympics will be held Later, like Next year.

On the other hand, uncontrolled spreading of the virus via your imbecilic 'Go To' campaign will almost assure the cancellation of the Olympics.

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A lot of idiots making stupid decisions around the world right now. Japan seems to be no exception. Noone thinks this is a good idea.

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Japan is inspired by the ingenious Trump attitude who’s also just thinking about reopening the economy rather than protecting the population. Shame to both of these government!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The gov't should just give the money directly to the tourist industry businesses, and encourage people to stay home.

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Why don’t they promote the Olympics while they’re at it!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

No Olympics, who comes moaning? JTB and Dentsu (AGAIN!) What do the oyajis come up with to get money to them? BINGO Go To Travel. No, Take Our Money more like. Obvious!

The nation’s health put at risk for greedy, greedy, JTB and Dentsu

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"Lets look at Okayama pref, pop almost 2M, number of corona virus related calls to the welfare centers etc 45,632 calls. Total number of people tested 2094 that is 0.001% number of infected cases 29.

0.001% tested is like the geneal trend in almost every prefecture in japan. The numbers being low is not difficult to understand,"

2,094/2,000,000=0.1% not 0.001%.

This is an example of how inaccurate commenters can be...

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Crazy, the South in the States said the virus increased due to travelers over the July 4th long weekend. Abe's side kick he clearly cannot read and or does not listen to the news, because if he did this is a no-brainer cancel this campaign because it goes beyond just the virus you have the logistics of getting these people home if they used the public transport to reach their destinations which most do if someone has the virus. In addition, you just don't have the individual with the virus you will have to deal all those who accompanied that person as most Japanese do not travel alone and if one in the family has the virus where are they going to spend the night? The place they booked most likely will not allow the family to stay and so really they have a BIG Hot logistical mess on their hands.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Whoever is making these ill thought out plans for Japan needs to resign.

The average high school student could do way better!

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There appears not to be an infectious disease expert on the government's so-called expert advisory panel supposedly advising the government.

Kenji Shibuya, director of the Institute of Population Health at King's College, London: "this is not a scientific panel but simply another government committee managed by bureaucrats"

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They seem to have a lot of experts with no expertise in this country. Please allow this amateur to help: You don't want to have a child? Don't have sex. You don't want to spread the coronavirus? Don't have this campaign. Call on me anytime.

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I’ve got a great idea on how to stop the spread of COVID; stop the campaign. It’s just madness.

please, please PLEASE do not come to Okinawa.

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Call me old fashioned, but surely you don't need experts to tell you that encouraging Tourism during a Pandemic isn't the wisest of moves.

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