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With all the conditions, would any tourist actually want to visit the country. I certainly would not.

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With no vaccine and the inability to control the spread of the disease which is on the rise, why should anyone make as Japan a destination?

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If a person is suspected to be infected with the virus, the center will provide consultations, available in multiple languages and the information gathered at the center will be made available to public health centers and prefectural governments.

Consultation? How about treatment, that's the most important not only language but immedeate treatment if they got infected.

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And what will the authorities do if someone breaks their quarantine? Other countries have some pretty strict laws or regulations in place, but I have yet to see anything similar talked about or even proposed here.

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The Japanese government will establish in March a center for monitoring the health condition of visitors from overseas during their stay amid the coronavirus pandemic, as it plans to accept small group tours ahead of the postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Tourists will be required to register their passport numbers with the center's database system and input daily updates on their health condition for two weeks, the sources said.

If a person is suspected to be infected with the virus, the center will provide consultations, available in multiple languages and the information gathered at the center will be made available to public health centers and prefectural governments.

Shouldn't testing be part of the equation?

"If a person is suspected to be infected with the virus, the center will provide consultations," seems a very vague way to go about things.

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and returning Japanese from overseas are need to do the same?

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So, every one of the frequent asymptomatic carriers will be free to spread the contagion? What are the people going to do after they find someone with symptoms? go back in time and stop this person from having contact with lots of other tourists, spectators, etc. during the 2-3 days he could be spreading the disease before showing symptoms?

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Seems like the tourist are more important than us local who live and pay Japanese taxes. They get a PCR test upon arrival and I living in Japan don’t even know how to beg for a PCR test.

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I living in Japan don’t even know how to beg for a PCR test.

¥2900

https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/this-new-covid-19-testing-centre-in-shinbashi-offers-pcr-tests-for-just-2-900-120220

They get a PCR test upon arrival

and must go through hassle and pay before come to Japan too.

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So, every one of the frequent asymptomatic carriers will be free to spread the contagion? What are the people going to do after they find someone with symptoms? go back in time and stop this person from having contact with lots of other tourists, spectators, etc. during the 2-3 days he could be spreading the disease before showing symptoms?

You, my friend, are assuming that there is a method to the madness here. There isn't.

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and returning Japanese from overseas are need to do the same?

they are Japanese...I think not need add it more here.

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Seems like the tourist are more important than us local who live and pay Japanese taxes. 

Indeed. As a "permanent resident" of Japan, should I travel for any reason, I need to take a test before I can return (Japanese citizens do not). Now, imagine that that test was positive! I'd be prevented from entering the country. And yet this is the only country in the world where I have any health coverage. This is my home. To deny me entry into Japan would be to deny me the health-care I pay for in the place where I live.

Japan is keen to get tourists returning, and business travel, but couldn't give a fig about the human rights of those that live here.

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Will these tourists have a quarantine or not ?

If not, it is a better treatment than most of PRs.

Japan currently denies entry to foreign nationals who have stayed in any of 152 countries and regions, except for short business stays as well as stays of 3 months or more for study and other purposes.

So, if the staying period is between , a short business trip, and, 3 months or more, no chance, you will be denied. Is my understanding correct ?

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Rather than spend money on this nonsense, why not spend it on distributing vaccines?

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So, if the staying period is between , a short business trip, and, 3 months or more, no chance, you will be denied. Is my understanding correct ?

I believe that if you have JP residence, you can return, but need a test 72 hours before departure, with the results written by the hospital or clinic on a form from the JP govt website. If the test is positive, of course you will be denied entry (even if you have no health coverage anywhere else except for at home in Japan).

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tip to anyone of us PR types who are now OUTSIDE Japan.

When you go for your 72hr prior test, IF you test +ve..........DO NOT SEND this info to any Japanese govt authority, repeat DO NOT!!

Simply STAY where you are & wait it out, try again, only if you get the -VE then proceed to travel. I would bet if the J-govt has a +ve next to your name no matter when that was it WILL affect your ability to get HOME to Japan.

I have no proof, but I think many here will understand my ""logic"" as its based on what is ""common sense"" in Japan....what a mess

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But if they find someone positive they can not treat them as no beds are available.

it is logical some of these tourists will need hospital attention but with a medical system “ overburdened “ already , bringing in tourists seems a major contradiction.

it is only an excuse again towards the Olympics. If there were any ethical or moral standards left at IOC they would already have cancelled these games.

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during the 2-3 days he could be spreading the disease before showing symptoms?

So no 2 week quarantine? Current research reports 2-12 days.

even experienced a “small tour group”? They will be crowded together in hotel buffets and then tour buses, where on mass they will wander around some of the most crowded places in Japan. I went to Arashiyama in Kyoto a couple of weeks ago, and at least 100 people bumped into me.

my biggest question is...WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR THESE FOREIGNERS?

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Vaccines are not ready. Must be tested on Asians to ensure the side effects are acceptable. Has for vaccines here in Japan, foreigners will find themselves at the bottom of the chain ladder.

Tourists are not legally required to have health travel insurance.

If they come and then get Covid-19 it will put the dampers on the Olympic visitors for sure.

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Indeed. As a "permanent resident" of Japan, should I travel for any reason, I need to take a test before I can return (Japanese citizens do not).

As a PR like you, I agree its unfair, but thats the perk of citizenship.

Now, imagine that that test was positive! I'd be prevented from entering the country.

Umm, if positive, you should't fly. Neither should a JC. Actually, if an airline knew you (or a JC) was positive, you'd be denied boarding, maybe even removed from the airport in that country by hazmat suited staff and put into quarantine. In many countries, going around in public while being knowingly positive could get you fined or even jailed no matter what your citizenship or residence is.

And yet this is the only country in the world where I have any health coverage. 

Thats why they have "Travel Insurance". If a JC tested positive abroad, they'd have the same situation as you.

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Ah yes, good points. Hadn't thought about that. The big difference being, of course, that Japanese people don't need pre-flight tests, non-Japanese do, so really nothing much makes any sense!

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Hilarious. There are 126 million people here, the virus is evidently at large within the local population. There is literally no point in tracking a small number of overseas visitors if you are doing nothing to monitor the local populace.

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Japan it is time to get serious about this virus and start to look after the locals and to make sure the virus is totally eradicated & vaccine is available around the world before letting in tourists in. Tourist or not let have a referendum and let the Japanese people decide for themselves.

A - Tourists money

B - Japanese life

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Before March I hope the hospitals who need the SDF nurses have both space, personnel, and expertise in dealing with coronavirus patients.

If a tourist is 'suspected' of having coronavirus, will they be treated more quickly than, say, a certain pharmacy professor who was turned away by a hospital and the gov't agency in charge of sending people for testing and then died?

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"Tourists will be required to register their passport numbers with the center's database system and input daily updates on their health condition for two weeks, the sources said." Will foreign travel agencies be informing potential tourists of the conditions they will face? I can't imagine there will be a sudden influx of visitors.

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Saving face in Japan is the priority.....of course!

13 ( +13 / -0 )

What else are you dreaming of at nights? Nothing is held in summer. lol

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I wouldn't want to go to a country which has no vaccination at all.

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Anyone entering must quarantine at least 5 days upon arrival even if they tested negative from departure. What if that person aquired COVID on board. Many things can happen after 12 hour flights.

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It amazes me who thinks of these brilliant ideas.

Only in Japan. haha

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Note to self.

I'm here because Japan is a safe country.

I'm here because Japan is a safe country.

haha

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So they set up this health monitoring centre for tourists but leave the foreign residents that pays taxes in a limbo.

Perfect move to keep the tatemae for the world and the honne for the foreign community within their border.

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It would be beneficial for Japan if the government also mentions COVID in Japan affects those 65 and older. Tourists will flock to Japan. haha

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How about doing that now with the spike in numbers. Take care of the people who pay your bills and stop worrying about filling up your pockets from outside sources.

Japan should be following Taiwan’s lead, where the numbers are low and people walk outside with little to no fear.

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