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Japan institute to receive int'l scholars as exception to COVID rules

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"The country has been 'closed' for a long time but we should not put out the light of Japanese studies (abroad)," said the official

Japan has history for being closed from other countries in the past, during pandemic Japan do that again.

https://www.history101.com/sakoku-japan-cut-off-world/

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The border entry and requirements should be controlled by quantity, not by quality such as nationality.

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55 people? 55 ????

What about the thousands who continue to wait?

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The Japan Foundation was established in the post-war era by John D. Rockefeller III, a close associate of John Dulles, whose brother served as the director of the CIA from 1953-1961.

The Rockefeller Foundation has been active in sponsoring academic exchanges and academic publishing since the early 20th c. As an academic gatekeeper with huge amounts of capital and insider government relationships it is able to exert an unusual level of influence over the popular narrative of that which is 'objectively' correct and true.

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Move on with your lives. Thousands and thousands entered for the Olympics/Paralympics yet COE holders are still waiting. No logic, no science, no humanity, that's Japan. Only reciprocity by other nations will change this racist policy.

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A typical reactive measure in order to save face after complaints of double standard by the international community.

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(The basis for the Japan Foundation was International House, which was set up by John D. Rockefeller III in the post-war era. International House established the tradition of fostering an active cultural exchange program which emphasized academic exchanges.)

scroll up after clicking the following:

https://books.google.co.jp/books?id=jSXxpUQxfUMC&pg=PT55&lpg=PT55&dq=International+House+Japan+Foundation+Rockefeller&source=bl&ots=ktH41Vh5xH&sig=ACfU3U2kAdXuZ8JB3wCMfgxiNXN5oHVbFQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjct9DijuTzAhVMZd4KHckWCrAQ6AF6BAg8EAI#v=onepage&q=International%20House%20Japan%20Foundation%20Rockefeller&f=false

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When it comes to paying taxes or making sure money comes into the state coffers, the government here is doing the first and the last so as not to miss a single chance. However, if it is education or things relating to foreigners, where the inflow of tax money is not even remotely certain or viable, then it looks exactly like this.

On the one hand, foreign students and other foreigners can't practically enter Japan, even though they may have a valid visa or documents. It's not impossible, but it is very difficult. On the other hand, even a Japanese living abroad for say 5 years can easily return to Japan. The excuse is that we are trying to keep the infection numbers down, but a Japanese returning from the US after 5 years can be just as infected as a student from the US. But someone needs to think about that a little bit....

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@moonbloom I think the Japan Foundation was set up to counter International House, the website says it was set up specifically to be supervised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while International House is a 'Public Interest Incorporated Foundation'.

https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/index.html

https://www.i-house.or.jp/eng/about/

As for these scholars being given an exception, I think it's fine for such an important institution to get the go ahead before the undergraduates. Quality is far more important than quantity

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You reap what you sow.

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@Wobot

Here's some relevant background:

[ In this case, the friends were Robin Chandler Duke, her husband, the late Ambassador Angier Biddle Duke, and the late Japanese entrepreneur, Ryoichi Sasakawa. Robin and “Angie” Duke, a prominent New York couple, had met Ryoichi Sasakawa in the late 1970s through their common interest in supporting United Nations programs in the developing world.

Angie Duke had been interested in Japan and its culture since 1937 when, as a student, he first visited that country. Serving as Chief of Protocol under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, he accompanied Prime Minister Eisaku Sato during his visit to the United States. In 1976, as Commissioner of Civic Affairs and Public Events for New York City, he was in charge of arrangements for the visit of Emperor Hirohito to the city.

The great-grandson of Washington Duke, for whom Duke University is named, Angie Duke was a diplomat with a distinguished career when he first met Ryoichi Sasakawa. ]

https://us-jf.org/about-the-foundation/history/

Same upper crust East Coast elites (the Dukes).

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This is just a meaningless face-saving gesture. What's worse, it implies that you need to be a member of selected elites to be graciously let in. Only good they won't only be allowed to drink konbini chuhai in cardboard bed-furnished hotel rooms like others earlier this year.

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The pandemic has unveiled the very stubborn and myopic prejudice outlook towards foreigners in Japan.

Its sad.

Double standards indeed

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Japan institute to receive int'l scholars as exception to COVID rules

Of course since the Virus would NEVER spread among int'l scholars or to Japanese. Right? Right?

Kyo wa heiwa dayo ne and Thomas Goodtime- Agree 100%

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Thousands and thousands entered for the Olympics/Paralympics yet COE holders are still waiting. No logic, no science, no humanity, that's Japan. Only reciprocity by other nations will change this racist policy.

Hear hear!

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Seriously?!

Of all the people waiting to enter Japan (families waiting for loved ones stuck overseas etc) they choose people studying Japanese to be the first?

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The article says researchers,scholars and students.

Iam sure they are pretty excited to arrive in Japan soon and feel privileged.

Until they realize why the oldest country in the world of 5000 yrs callf Japan doesn't have its own national language.

And that most of what they call Japanese culture is in fact introduced or borrowed from China and korea and the Ryukyus or was changed by the USA and the UK after the defeat and surrender of Japan of world war 2.

The katana is a saber not a sword.

The word arigatou comes from Brazilian Portuguese.

Nonetheless Japan is still an interesting place with lots to learn from.

Both good and bad.

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Those few and their kind of studies…like a vase with Ikebana. Absolutely unnecessary and of no use, but nice to look at and have it standing on the shelf. lol

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I heard that a number of foreign students were able to enter Japan. In fact, you can see a lot of foreign students suddenly on the public transport system once the university semester started.

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Why do these researchers need to be physically in Japan. Hasn't video conferencing become a world wide norm since the pandemic?

And with how terrible the outside world at containing the virus, it's only logical to shut the border until they get it together. Or until an actual effective drug is developed, not these halfa** vaccines

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@Seth M

*And with how terrible the outside world at containing the virus, it's only logical to shut the border until they get it together. Or until an actual effective drug is developed, not these halfa* vaccines

Those "half-assed*" vaccines are the very reason Japan is in the position they're in.

Also, there are many other countries in the region that are containing the virus in a comparable way to Japan.

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