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Debate on 'dark tourism' looms over Japan's quake-hit Noto Peninsula

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By Riku Nishio

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These "dark tourists" seem well intentioned. The real problem is if the Noto Peninsula reconstruction does not get the attention and support it deserves.

Kishida sent a large amount of money to Ukraine which could have been used for earthquake reconstruction. Taxpayers are still paying a surcharge for Fukushima reconstruction.

Where is Kishida today?

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Ide said they "might as well travel to affected places if they can explain the reasons for their visits."

No need to explain oneself. This happens everywhere after big disasters. I went a saw Kobe a year after their massive earthquake. I went to see the damages.

I remember a few friends of mine heading up to New York right after the WTC buildings collapsed. One helped with the clean up and volunteer tables.

Ishikawans unfortunately had a horrible thing happen to them but the more tourists that come, the more money will go into their coffers. Spending money there is how most oridnary people can help them.

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Kishida sent a large amount of money to Ukraine which could have been used for earthquake reconstruction.

Dense

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BellflowerToday  05:17 pm JST

These "dark tourists" seem well intentioned. The real problem is if the Noto Peninsula reconstruction does not get the attention and support it deserves.

Kishida sent a large amount of money to Ukraine which could have been used for earthquake reconstruction. Taxpayers are still paying a surcharge for Fukushima reconstruction.

Where is Kishida today?

Enjoying nice dinner in Switzerland and preparing new necktie for tomorrow photo shot.as usual.

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Dark tourism is a term used to describe travel done for the fascination of seeing places historically associated with death and suffering.

Interesting theme.

"a strong tendency in Japan to view dark tourism as inappropriate."

Persuade people to stay away from Hiroshima Peace Memorial then.

Crikey!

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BellflowerToday  05:17 pm JST

These "dark tourists" seem well intentioned. The real problem is if the Noto Peninsula reconstruction does not get the attention and support it deserves.

Kishida sent a large amount of money to Ukraine which could have been used for earthquake reconstruction. Taxpayers are still paying a surcharge for Fukushima reconstruction.

Where is Kishida today?

Kashida is nothing other then a jerk who wants nothing other than taking Japan to war. He does not care about anything else.

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Akira Ide, professor of tourism studies at Kanazawa University, pointed out there is "a strong tendency in Japan to view dark tourism as inappropriate.

Not sure I accept that, there’s no shortage of such sites in Japan.

It would be inappropriate if people were visiting these locations with intent to protest or mock, but there’s nothing to indicate that in this story. As long as visitors are respectful and don’t deprive the people of the region of resources, bringing business is a good thing isn’t it?

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As long as they don't steal local supplies and can do something to help the local community, I don't think the name matters.

I think they're much more sensible than certain foreign groups that made the trip to Noto after the disaster and repeatedly committed theft.

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“ Dark Tourism “ … lmao!

This is a term the authorities / Government officials came up with to discourage people from visiting the devastated areas because they want to hide the fact that the people there are still suffering and in a terrible state. The authorities / Government want to hide the fact that they haven’t done much or haven’t done enough to help in the rebuilding process. The LDP led Government throws tax payers money to other countries to project a rich and popular image while the Japanese people affected by disasters like this keep suffering without proper assistance from the Government! Shame on the authorities / LDP led Government!

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Dark tourism?

What a foolish definition of a non existent phenomenon!

There is the ‘shame’ that governments don’t do enough to help their own citizens though…

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BellflowerJune 16  05:17 pm JST............Where is Kishida today?

Is he not still living it up in Switzerland, for yet another pointless G7 conference?

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This reminds me of drivers who slow down or stop to witness car crashes and the like. There will always be people like this.

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If there were such a phenomenon then the millions of Japanese that have visited the Earthquake Memorial Museum in Kobe are guilty of this cri…, er, tourism and yes that includes (shock, horror) young children!!!

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As long as the tourists bring money to the area and do not impede the restauration, I do not see the problem. Pretty safe to assume that if tourists stayed away from the area, some people would complain about that.

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