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Gov’t to arrange shuttle buses from airports to hotels for travelers arriving from overseas

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The tourism and transport ministry will start using shuttle buses to take travelers arriving at Narita and Haneda airports from overseas to hotels from Dec 16.

Under the current policy, the government has asked travelers not to use public transport such as trains and buses, even if they have tested negative for the coronavirus.

But many people have complained that the cost of rental cars or hiring private transport is too high and that they have no one who can pick them up, Fuji TV reported. The ministry, therefore, will operate the shuttle bus service three times a day to 12 hotels in the Tokyo metropolitan region for Japanese, and foreign visitors who have made prior reservations at the hotels.

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Are they then expected to stay in their hotel rooms for the duration of their holiday?

What about the restrictions on foreign residents, do we get buses too?

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The ministry, therefore, will operate the shuttle bus service three times a day to 12 hotels in the Tokyo metropolitan region for Japanese, and foreign visitors who have made prior reservations at the hotels.

In other words, it's Friendly Airport Limousine. Seems like nothing new.

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Wow hate to be the bus driver on that one.

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Wow hate to be the bus driver on that one.

I’m sure it comes with a full hazmat suit... ;)

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Let me guess, Japan is going to trust the people arriving into Japan that tested negative in other countries but still NOT test them arriving in Japan but think that it's not a good idea for them to take public transit.

If that doesn't say it right there that the Japanese government DOESN'T trust the foreign test results but still wants the money flying in at all costs, I don't know how much clearer one would have to make it. Shame!

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Dumb just keeps getting dumber doesnt it......carry on

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But many people have complained that the cost of rental cars or hiring private transport is too high and that they have no one who can pick them up, Fuji TV reported. The ministry, therefore, will operate the shuttle bus service three times a day to 12 hotels in the Tokyo metropolitan region for Japanese, and foreign visitors who have made prior reservations at the hotels.

Businesses shutting down, people losing jobs but for foreign visitors and connected cronies its all aboard the GoTo gravy train.

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I hope that KIX (Kansai apt) will soon follow suit. It's on the offshore, from which people can't even walk home.

Let me guess, Japan is going to trust the people arriving into Japan that tested negative in other countries but still NOT test them arriving in Japan but think that it's not a good idea for them to take public transit.

Currently testing is done on all arriving visitors. Hope it will be kept intact awhile. I don't trust a negative test result issued in 72 hours prior to departure.

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Are they then expected to stay in their hotel rooms for the duration of their holiday?

What about the restrictions on foreign residents, do we get buses too?

Be thankful we don't get interned behind a wire with a matching outfit. Omotenashi ...it's just so special.

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This story really is not making a lot of sense to me. I returned here on Saturday (5th) and the free bus was available then. How can it be starting on the 16th when it is already available? In any case, I am bit confused behind the logic of not allowing returning people to use public transport when they must have received negative test results from up to 72 hours before their departure and then another negative result immediately after arriving. They won't get on the plane without a negative test result from up to 72 hours before the flight and then won't even get as far as immigration when they arrive here if they don't test negative when being tested immediately after getting off the plane. It strikes me that the very people we are sure do not have Covid-19 are not being allowed to travel on public transport whereas anyone who has not been tested can. If I were a bus driver, I would certainly want to be driving that free bus to the hotels, where I know for sure everybody on it has just tested negative for Covid-19 rather than another bus.

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Wow hate to be the bus driver on that one.

Why ?

I believe all will have a PCR test on arrival at the airport., and that it must be negative

Unless some business travelers on short trips are exempted due to agreements between Japan and some countries

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Three times a day? To twelve hotels? Are all international flights that land at Haneda and Narita scheduled to land at only three times a day? And where's the list of hotels? I'll bet any of the three I stay at in Tokyo aren't on that list, and they're decent hotels. I happen to like the monorail from Haneda to Hammamatsucho. Quick, efficient, and NOT a bus.

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This is really making my blood boil. They're coming up with stupid ideas which doesn't help the people they're supposed to help, and doesn't help people they don't want to help. Getting a private ride to a hotel in Tokyo from Haneda won't cost that much, and yet these visitors will then spend 2 weeks stuck inside the hotel? For what? And those who actually live here, not all of us can get a friend or family member to drive them home.

Someone coming from abroad will have been tested at the airport (twice if they're not Japanese), and they're more likely to take precautions and wear masks when they're out and about. I would trust these people more than I would with those Japanese who don't wear masks on the train. And one of them sat right next to me the other day. Another sat opposite me. I'm sorry, but not all of us have 20,000 yen to spend on a one-hour or so ride from the airport.

Unless some business travelers on short trips are exempted due to agreements between Japan and some countries

Yeah, and we all know businessmen are immune to the virus. Another stupid harebrain scheme. Just wait until they allow tourists to wonder around whereas us residents will still have to quarantine and avoid public transport.

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https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2020/12/07/issues/stories-from-japan-residents-outside-japan/

At the bottom, the case of Maryse Gregoire. No exceptions made for permanent residents, and yet they care more about visitors. Shameful.

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Is the shuttle bus going to drop residents off at their homes? Since we can't take a train, and walking not really viable, cabs out too, that's their only choice since no one is coming here to stay at a hotel.

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This should be done for all residents who are traveling from Kanto especially Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, and other areas hit hard by Corona Virus who use the To Go Campaign for weekend holidays who visit rural parts of Japan from any airport or Shinkansen station to their hotel.

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Total shut down please

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In Australia they are transported to the quarantine facility and guarded by the military so there is no chance of them escaping into the general public until they complete their 14 day quarantine.

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Speaking from experience here, I was able to enter Haneda from LAX in October. I am happy to say that the process was quick and efficient. There was a pcr test for international arrival, and it only took 30 min to get the result, granted I arrived at 5am and there wasn't that many travelers. Once that is cleared, I had to go through custom and immigration as per usual. Once I am out of the custom area I was greeted by this friendly gentleman about free bus ride by the hour that starts at 8am. I took it to Kawasaki station as my self quarantine hotel is located near Kawasaki station. There was less than 10 people in that bus ride and took less than 1hr from Haneda to Kawasaki.

During the self quarantine I was able to walk around to buy food, but not to take train or public transport. I was not able to to eat breakfast in the hotel restaurant (hotel provided washoku bkfast), but I had to eat my meal in my room instead. This is understandable as they need to protect their guess and I respect that. Since I was working remotely from my room, I find the self quarantine to be non-issue and actually better compare to workign remote during LA shutdown since I was able to walk around Kawasaki park, supermarket, etc

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Speaking from experience here, I was able to enter Haneda from LAX in October. I am happy to say that the process was quick and efficient. There was a pcr test for international arrival, and it only took 30 min to get the result..

But a negative test on arrival doesn't guarantee that you are negative. In Australia there is three stage testing - on arrival, after 5 days, and at the end of the 14 days quarantine.

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So this bus is for both who test negative and those who test positive?

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and Japanese arriving from overseas?

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