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Tokyo tourist sites nearly empty as coronavirus bites

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Nose the perfect time to go. Take advantage of all the hysteric panic and have a nice day out.

-7 ( +14 / -21 )

Good time to go sightseeing!

11 ( +19 / -8 )

Because of the 2 guys who commented above, the virus is spreading and I need to home-school my kids. Thanks guys!

-28 ( +8 / -36 )

Sorry Rory - But they're right. Hotel Rooms at Retro Rates! Unreal. Check out the Park Hyatt for White Day . Unreal.

14 ( +19 / -5 )

I need to home-school my children, because I take the situation seriously. Unfortunately, most people don't and still send their children to daycare, or after school-care...

Anyway, I don't want a discussion; everyone should do what they feel is right.

-5 ( +8 / -13 )

Sorry Rory - But they're right. Hotel Rooms at Retro Rates! Unreal. Check out the Park Hyatt for White Day . Unreal.

I know, it's crazy.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

wish I had holidays now...Japan like it used to be when I first went there in 1996.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Many tourist locations are closed.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

What is funny though is people tell me things are empty then I go there and it is flooded with people. 2 months I went shopping in Osaka around Dotonbori and as usual it was packed with Asian tourists. Now the Asian tourists are gone but it is flooded with Japanese high school students and Western tourists.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

theResident,

How much does the Park Hyatt cost?

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Now the Asian tourists are gone but it is flooded with Japanese high school students and Western tourists.

Just wait until next month when the kids have to go to school and all the European countries have been travel-banned...

5 ( +5 / -0 )

HS kids made a mess at Kugenuma Kaigan today. Even after the Tonbi/KItes...birds of prey stole their McDonald's the kids did not pick it up. Not surprised as kids and adults toss garbage everywhere here in so called clean Japan. I reprimand so many for tossing their wrappings etc. straight to the ground.

Perhaps now the tourist won't be blamed as before for all the garbage tossed everywhere.

poisuteruna is a great phrase, but Japanese cannot read it obviously.

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@tom

Best stay inside man. Can avoid all that.

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@Roy

And it because of people like you the economy is going to the dogs.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

japan is a really funny country, when the chinese were coming ...................the japanese complained abt everything abt the chinese from their poor behaviors , bad manners , eating habbits and every thing from top to toe. Now, that the chinese are not coming , they are complianing too. I guess that japanese are thinking of themselves as perfect people. these japanese wants money but complian abt people , who bring them money.what does everyone think of the japanese ???.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Abe had better watch his behavior towards China.If China gets too p.o.'d, they might say no more visits to Japan because they can do that. And the businesses here so reliant on Chinese tourism will be really screwed.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Why are you guys giving me some many downvotes?

Only because I chose to be careful and keep my 2 kids at home?

Sure, I can be provocative, but I'm not telling you what to do and I don't want to engage any fear-mongering.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

Time to look beyond Chinese tourists.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

japan must be missing its revenue

0 ( +2 / -2 )

@resident

The Hyatt Regency in Tokyo is 34,000 for one, on Sat. March 14, according to Booking.com

These guys must be loaded.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Sounds like a great time to visit.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

This is the perfect time to travel. Not in groups, but travel for sure!

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Dadude

I live in downtown Namba. It’s nothing like it usually is or was.

Clubs are empty. Not to mention slowly things are being banned. I went to Aeon Mall and their cinema was closed.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Funny seeing all these students and couples out together wearing masks! As if it would help

6 ( +7 / -1 )

If people know how this virus will kill them,they would think twice about traveling on a airplane, i update myself daily on the the virus,so should you

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

WHO declare pandemic, while you sleep in Japan, in America, we have 12 hours of the new, news, than Japanese

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Yeah, good job WHO. Finally announce it after China gives you the green light, since they have it "under control" now.

WHO, you're a joke and you should be ashamed of yourselves over the handling of this crisis.

On a positive note, now it's all official, you'll see Japan move quick to introduce new measures to fight this. Abe and co were just waiting for the P announcment.

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@Rory Koelewijn

Why are you guys giving me some many downvotes?

I think that is related to the fact you seem to consider 2 people you know of nowhere as spreading the virus around. And that you seem to judge negatively parent which let their child in daycare and so on without a care about their personal situation.

Perhaps you should reconsider you way of phrasing.

I agree with thepersoniamnow, Namba is still full of people thought they doesn't seem to do much shopping and that is not as crowded as before so not difficult to walk.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Over the past few weeks, I've been thinking I've seen this disease somewhere before, so I looked through my old DVD Library...(Matt Damon sprung to mind) and lo & behold, "Contagion" came up.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1598778/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Its old(ish) 2011, but pretty much mirrors what's happening today.

At least the investors in this movie at the time, doubled their money (according to IMDB)... maybe now they will Triple it ??

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Anyone seeing the link in countries hit hard by this ChinaVirus2.0?

How many of you have heard of China's "Belt and Road Initiative"? It's been around since 2013 so it's not really news.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belt_and_Road_Initiative

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-e2-80-99s-belt-and-road-plan-is-getting-lashed-by-coronavirus/ar-BB10KPPr

The W.H.O. as we all know is in China's pocket. The stats all point to the countries in China's pocket due to China's "Belt and Road Initiative" as being the ones hit the hardest because China would have been VERY 'displeased' at them for blocking Chinese from entering back when the world found out China was hiding the outbreak in December 2019.

As most of you know Taiwan is blocked from the W.H.O. at China's request. Taiwan has been VERY proactive since the 2002/2003 China SARS outbreak. Taiwan learned from that and acted this time for the ChinaVirus2.0 long before the world was even accepting the problem existed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFxmiV2_OHs

The W.H.O. now is surprised at the lack of effort and seriousness in most of the world to deal with this ChinaVirus2.0.

"We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action. We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO chief.

"All countries can still change the course of this pandemic. If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response," he said. "We are deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction."

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/covid-19-is-a-pandemic-world-health-organization-1.4848414

What a hypocrite Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is. Just about everyone NOT controlled by China's influence was screaming at the W.H.O. to declare a Pandemic a month ago before it got out of hand but he didn't until China had manged its (fake) numbers and then said it was okay. He downplayed it and that's why no one did anything until it was too late. The W.H.O. is nothing more than a pawn of the CCP. This is the CCP's war on the world now. Do think there is any chance of sending the CCP the bill for this and collecting on it?

FYI, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus "Director-General of the World Health Organization" is Ethiopian, one of the countries 'controlled' by China's "Belt and Road Initiative". Coincidence? I THINK NOT!!!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Reports for years have had the Chinese as the highest spenders visiting Japan, Americans are few and spend little compared to Asian tourist from other countries. As a American living in Japan and keeping up with local news for years, the expectations of creating a tourist wonderland that the government wants to bank on as a continuous source of revenue was never realistic. The disasters of 2001 and on, more earth quakes, big flooding, Fukushima radiation, etc... worry not only Japanese citizens, but the world also.

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@Rory Koelewijin

‘I need to home-school my children, because I take the situation seriously. Unfortunately, most people don't and still send their children to daycare, or after school-care...’

This comment makes me so upset. I am also a mom of two and doing what I can in a difficult situation but I have friends who are single moms or from a double income family who can not easily just take time off work to accommodate the situation. They are doing what they can like thousands of families throughout Japan. This shows your privilege and lack of empathy for others that are not as well off or in the same situation as you.

‘Why are you guys giving me some many downvotes?

Only because I chose to be careful and keep my 2 kids at home?’

Because you are judging other people’s actions based on your own....you have no idea what every family is going through to pass judgment on them.

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@ Kim Barber

I'm sorry that my comments made you feel upset. I can be provocative, but it's never my intention to hurt people on a personal level. The same goes for my first comment; I didn't mean that literally those 2 people are personally responsible for spreading anything. It's just that I really don't understand that (in the current situation) people really think it's a good idea to travel all over the place or go to a 'livehouse' event in Osaka, or whatever.

That being said, I DO sympathize with single-mothers/fathers or people who are depending on a double income.

It wasn't a personal critique (although some parents really have no clue what's going on around them), but more to the government and (black) companies for a lack of support/sympathy.

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