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Japan to suspend Go To Travel campaign for whole country from Dec 28-Jan 11

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Talk about leaving it to the last minute! Most people would have already made plans and bookings. Many would have paid in advance expecting to get the rebate. Now, they don’t have to pay anybody. Seems more like a governmental cash grab than an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

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Well glad they are on top of things in a timely manner.

And to think I thought there incompetance at play.

20 ( +20 / -0 )

Well, while this is a good start, only this measure will obviously not be enough to reduce numbers.

Hoping for a strong message from Suga soon, to ensure the population takes this virus seriously and stops packing izakayas, restaurants, bars like pre covid times.

Also, something as promoting remote working would be a strong measure, that would result in a decrease in cases, as many clusters happen in workplaces and who knows... maybe in the peak hour packed trains!

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Damn! I have a second booking for Japan 2-4. Hate Suga.

-9 ( +11 / -20 )

Sad news but it's necessary.

After that, we will have a vaccine ready!

Better register ASAP guys so we will quickly go back to normal life.

Let's hope for quick vaccine distribution as well!

-12 ( +4 / -16 )

Only country I know actively encouraging travel during a pandemic. At least in Hawaii you need a negative test to get in. Madness.

16 ( +20 / -4 )

Weren't we told that GoTo had nothing to do with the spread of virus, since only 200+ got infected from it?

Was this a lie after all?

10 ( +15 / -5 )

Damn! I have a second booking for Japan 2-4. Hate Suga.

I believe you can still go, just have to pay full price. Just be aware of the dirty stares from the locals.

9 ( +15 / -6 )

How many meetings you all think it took (and for how long, how many experts?) were needed to make this call?

18 ( +18 / -0 )

Why wait 2 weeks to suspend it?

Doctors and "experts" have been calling for this suspension for weeks already.

If they want to prevent it rom spreading any more, why not start tomorrow?

Will the virus somehow not spread for the next 2 weeks?

15 ( +16 / -1 )

What about reservations that are already made? Seriously, asking for a friend.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Better to extend it until the vaccine is distributed in the spring and just give the money directly to shut down businesses to help them make it through.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

That decision must’ve hurt. Less largess for the LDP.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Hysteria wins again,

Go-to is no more or less dangerous than yesterday, its just more unpopular that's all.

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

Cancel it.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Probably for the best although tourism and related industries are taking an almighty hiding.

What is being done to help?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I love how they set the dates here from A to B, as though the virus will obey and be satisfied with those dates. Don't get me wrong, it's good they are 'cancelling' it (not really cancelled if they are planning to start it up again), although this is closing the barn six months after the horses left, but seriously... people are going to have two more weeks during the PEAK of the outbreak to use the system? That's two whole weeks that people will pack into places to take advantage -- and trust me, they will abuse it and pack places -- including some holidays or many.

Ridiculous.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

A good start.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

The death knell to countless businesses no doubt.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

How many meetings you all think it took (and for how long, how many experts?) were needed to make this call?

Half a dozen at least..but what cemented the call is Suga govt,s nosediving approval ratings in a Mainichi shimbun survey done this weekend and released today ...17% drop in approval rate. That's falling off a cliff sfuff. You can bet all the LDP oyaji deadwood worried about loosing their cushy jobs at the next year's election got onto Suga real fast to force this flip flop. He was saying just a couple of days ago he has " no intention to suspend Go To , since there is no evidence it contributes to the virus spread ".

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Well, my girlfriend just wrote me.....Looks like Cancel City' Lots of people making other arrangements and may make some areas more crowded

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

I booked and paid for my eighth trip. Kyoto for four nights January 6-9th.

I wonder how much I would have to add to the cost, because we are going anyway.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

This sucks. Now I will have to pay full price for my trip. Oh well....

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Had to stay at a hotel for work a few weeks ago. They do take a lot of precautions, yet, at service area of highway, young people laughing, talking out loud, while having lunches without masks on.

Sure, pausing of goto travel is preventative, it will hit a lot of hotels, but it will not make people stay home, especially those who care little about the virus, they'll still go out and spread it.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

@virusrex

so there are more cases of COVID-19 in one day than influenza cases in the whole year

I think you're a little off, or do you mean "in this whole 2020/21 season starting in September (so far)"?

Because daily Covid is still a bit below this year's (2020's) total influenza of 4 million or so cases (the vast majority of which was between January and March).

1 ( +1 / -0 )

After that, we will have a vaccine ready!

Not for a couple of months after that, and its effects won't become evident in the population as a whole right away, especially as this evening NHK news reported that in a survey only 50% responded that they intend to get vaccinated.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

What happens if you book a trip from December 25 Xmas to December 29th to Okinawa? How does the new GOTO Travel rules affect this plan? Its it exempt or still ok?

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

I think you're a little off, or do you mean "in this whole 2020/21 season starting in September (so far)"?

Sorry, yes the accumulated cases for this 2020-2021 season. For the last season until March cases were still reported around in the media.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Best news all evening!

Folks who can't have fun during the pandemic. Sorry. haha

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Bad timing. Would have been better to do this much earlier to get infections under control and at a lower base rate before everybody travels for the holidays. Now, we get the worst of all worlds- higher infections overall and having to watch our backs even more than normal during our time off.

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HenryKToday  10:18 pm JST

Best news all evening!

Folks who can't have fun during the pandemic. Sorry. haha

Think of all the poor people in the tourism industry who are now facing great difficults. And you acting like you've lottery numbers come in.

Idiot

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

I believe you are free, you can still do whatever you want, you just won't get the "GO TO" discounts.

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That people cant travel to see family members, that the medical industry cant handle this number of cases, that people will lose their jobs, that people are literally killing themselves , is nothing to celebrate.

How messed up to you have to be that your actually happy it's come to this.

What so you can say I told you so?

So, you can feel safe at the expense of people's livelihoods?

There is nothing to celebrate, you should be disappointed this situation continues, not happy it didn't work out.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Have fun in your own city or at home.

Not a time to travel and spread COVID.

People are sick and dying.

It's the government's responsibility to help the suffering businesses.

Lives first.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

All the tourism industry, restaurants etc are doing is trying to make a living.

I imagine your job isn't to cure cancer, so I wonder how compassionate you would be when its time to sacrifice your job ?

I don't work in the service industry but I have the humbleness to realize my job isn't indispensable and thus have great sympathy for anyone trying to make a living in an affected industry.

-9 ( +1 / -10 )

Wow can't believe some of the comments here some people putting enjoyment over life. I know people who have and have died from this virus. I don't think traveling is worth the risk of contacting it. Its not a good SIGHT OR FEELING being on your back!!

1 ( +7 / -6 )

There is nothing to celebrate, you should be disappointed this situation continues, not happy it didn't work out

And you should be apologising for the months and months of encouraging reckless behaviour and promoting dubious and false information which has allowed for the failed strategy and for the situation to continue.

I agree, schadenfreude is not an attractive quality, but it is those who failed to take the virus seriously and actively promoted a chevalier attitude who are responsible for the situation now, not those protested the clearly inadequate response in Japan.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

The strange thing , around the globe btw, is, they don’t care about it all if it is about crowded commuting and workplaces, businesses, doing other duties. All restrictions are completely and only set on everything entertaining, leisure, relaxation, regaining energy from that working. Does anybody else find that somehow suspect, too? If the virus is dangerous during travel or eating in restaurants, it is at least equally dangerous in trains, buses , offices, stores and so on. If they really wanted to fight the virus they had typo cut all activities equally. No, it becomes obvious they only want to exploit us more and tighten the rope around all our necks. I am for strict corona measures, but not this one-sided way. It of course also won’t help against that virus, can only insignificantly slow down the curves a bit. Their real intentions belong visible on the table!

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The fatalities, are what unfortunately matters. Not the cases.

We have anywhere between a 90-99 percent recovery rate. That needs to be focussed on, rather than “cases”.

Glad I got my discounts in recently

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

“Probably for the best although tourism and related industries are taking an almighty hiding.”

Agreed. Part of the reason I was in Aizu and Nagoya, helping local businesses

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

“I know people who have and have died from this virus”

That one has been thrown out there a thousand times in the last few months and...that hook has lost its bait.

But shall we consider the marriages that have collapsed or those who’ve suicides as a result of the hysteria. Do they not matter to you?

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

I have from the spring said wear a mask take sensible precautions but otherwise keep society moving forward.

Supporting balancing the economy and health is nothing to apologize about.

but it is those who failed to take the virus seriously and actively promoted a chevalier attitude who are responsible for the situation

Personally, I think the weather is the biggest cause, but of cause my actions may have contributed to the spread while participating in society.

And honestly I am okay with that .

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Best news all evening!

Folks who can't have fun during the pandemic. Sorry. haha

Half the people who are against the Go To are jealous because they can't afford to.Like above statement.First degree jealousy or what?

Not a time to travel and spread COVID.

How can you spread Covid if you don't have it? And I guess you don't leave your house even for work? Some of the hypocrisy is real. Lame AF too.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

I live in New Zealand. As you know, through good leader-ship, we went early, we went hard, TWICE!

Our Land Mass is similar, our population is much smaller, 5.5 million.

So the virus is easier to control (true) At the moment we have less than 50 dead, just over 1000 infected persons, less than 20 in hospital.

Like Japan, many are out of work including myself. Many business have failed.

Support is now minimal. Crime is on the Up. The building blocks are being placed in line, slow and careful

progress is being made. Strong border controls are catching those who come into the country.

A 14 day compulsory period in controlled isolation, mostly catches those who develop virus symptoms.

I watched a programme on NHK WORLD about the early days of the pandemic in the hospitals.

Gut wrenching, depressing and inspired leadership from hospital managers turned a mega disaster

into a managed disaster. This was a case of CARE above CASH.

This travel locally scheme is the opposite. This is CASH over CARE.

The result of this is now Many new infections, Many new deaths and a lot of misery

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Go to Travel is like a Car without brake.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Better safe than sorry I guess. :(

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

“Like Japan, many are out of work including myself. Many business have failed.”

Likely due to the measures you described. Ardern’s approach is like hitting a peanut with a sledgehammer

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

“Half the people who are against the Go To are jealous because they can't afford to.Like above statement.First degree jealousy or what?”

Fair point. It certainly helped when I was in Aizu and Nagoya. Local businesses need all the help they can get

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

“but it will not make people stay home, especially those who care little about the virus”

It’s not so much that, it’s about proportion. For something that has a recovery rate over 90 percent

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Guess people will use the time before that to travel to their home areas, since winter vacation begins on the 25th and ends on 7 January. What a smart decision again!

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Well - I agree with the suspension, but looking at what has happened overnight, most hotels (obviously) have a glut of rooms for a chunk of that period now, especially the 9th-11th weekend as packages with travel have been cancelled - so the dynamic pricing algorithm has kicked in and reduced room rates by 20% anyway. It will stop people travelling in the huge numbers I hope, but with hotel prices at lows for as long as I can remember as there are no tourists people are still going to travel.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The real risk over the holiday period isn't people going to hotels, it's people traveling from the metropolises to visit family in the countryside and then spending several days cooped up inside with them. All of the Japanese people I have talked to have been weighing up the wisdom of doing this WITHOUT considering Goto Travel. In a normal year they would go, this year some (many) say they won't, but it's because of fear of transmitting the virus and not because of cheap train tickets.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

All of go to travel campaign is a big fail.

Completely out of any healthy common sense.

Huge tax waste in other words.

Sit at home during holidays stay safe,reduce risk and avoid further spread of disease.

And forget some kind of "campaigns"...

4 ( +5 / -1 )

This is about as clear an admission of failure as you could ask for...

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

wow finally !

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I can't tell if this is a play to save the Government Oyaji bonuses.........or to save people

NO

It's strictly to save The Diet's winter bonuses. Thanks guys.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

So what does that mean..I made a reservation and paid to Okinawa?? Dec 27

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Paying full price ain't bad, but paying full price on a jacked up price by a hotel due to expectation of GOTO rebates is tough.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Don't have to go to the in-laws then, winner!!!!!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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