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WHAAAAT?!?! No one wants to go on these ridiculous tours?! Shocking I tell ya, SHOCKING!!

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I supported the boarder closure and subsequent separation from my partner until it was confirmed by Science the new Covid-19 variants are less deadly and unlikely result in an overloading of the health system. Now it's just Sakoku Politics. Do we need another Commodore Matthew Perry to sail gunships into Tokyo Bay aiming at the Imperial Palace "asking" to open these boarders ?!?

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Business visa valid for 90 days but 15 days stay max.

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Some guy reckoned it took 3 months and help from people on the inside to get his business visa.

I'm on my third... Takes a week.

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Kishida has erased a $44bn pa tourist sector without so much as a vote, even though LDP dominance means he would win such a vote.

Yes... Must be part of his evil scheme, Darth Kishida. Came to power with a hidden agenda - wipe out the tourist sector! Make Japan poorer!

Thanks... It all makes perfect sense now

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

All the smart tourists are coming in on business visa's so they don't have to troll around with stupid super spreader tour groups.

That's what I did. One business meeting (albeit a drunk one) and I'm free to play golf, go sailing, stuff myself with Tajima gyu and drink myself half to death for the next two or three months.

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Sorry, I'm just venting. I've cancelled this same airline ticket 5 times so far in 2020 and onward. Stupid me.

You should complain to the people who decided to have a pandemic, getting in the way of your travel plans.

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I now have now received FOUR corona shots (2 primary, 2 booster) here in the United States. I have visited Japan 6 times since 2017 - 2019 for a cumulative 125 nights, have climbed Fujisan 2x times, and completed the Kumano Kodo in Wakayama-ken. I respect the culture and people of Japan, and long for the day when I will be able to return as a solo-tourist.

I have an airline ticket to Japan purchased for August 31. I am stupid, right?

It really saddens me that Japan scape-goats gaijin for the rapidly increasing numbers of ba.5. They restrict respectful and eager gaijin such as me from traveling to Japan, literally forcing people (again, like me) to consider other travel destinations. So sad for the Japanese tourism economy!

Sorry, I'm just venting. I've cancelled this same airline ticket 5 times so far in 2020 and onward. Stupid me.

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Japanese should not be allowed to leave Japan....

we can't come in...

they blame tourists....

Japanese can freely visit here possibly get covid and take it back...

If they are so worried about Covid infection rates then do not let anyone out of Japan...

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Cognac:

NewgirlintownJuly 21 07:06 am JST

I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in. The irony is that the tourists are the ones who are probably more at risk off catching it off the local population.

based on what ?

Based on conversations with Japanese people. I do live in Japan you know.

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Won't visit Japan till Stoneage restrictions are removed and visitors are treated with respect.

you can stay in your country, no problem for us

ps : the "stoneage restrictions" are lockdowns and Japan didn't do that

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NewgirlintownJuly 21 07:06 am JST

I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in. The irony is that the tourists are the ones who are probably more at risk off catching it off the local population.

based on what ?

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Won't visit Japan till Stoneage restrictions are removed and visitors are treated with respect.

I'm sure if you can just get someone in charge to read your comment, they'll realize their mistake and open the borders. At the very least, they should make an exception for you. But only you. Well, and others like you who don't agree with how Japan operates itself as a country.

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Won't visit Japan till Stoneage restrictions are removed and visitors are treated with respect.

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Subject: Travel inside mainland China

That's absolute nonsense for a start.

Where do some people even get these ideas?

First, we don't expect to visit military bases or border control areas. That wouldn't be allowed in any country.

https://www.travelawaits.com/2692312/things-to-know-before-visiting-tibet/

Special Tibetan Travel Permit required. Must use a certified Tibet travel agency, which controls everything. Once inside, everything is scheduled. No wandering.

https://www.travelchinacheaper.com/which-parts-of-china-require-a-permit-to-travel want to visit the ancient desert ruins in southern Xinjiang? Nope. It is part of a "politically sensitive area." Rules change and the whim of the local authority can determine what is allowed. In China, if there is a CCP document that says drinks aren't allowed on the train platform, but there is a soda machine on the platform, expect to have the drink confiscated. I've experienced this myself. It was like the guard just waited until we all bought drinks, put them into our luggage. When the train arrived, decided our family needed to be searched. The fact that it was 35°C didn't matter. At least they waited until we were out of sight before they drank them.

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This is political. It has nothing to do with Covid. No other G7 country is doing this.

Kishida has erased a $44bn pa tourist sector without so much as a vote, even though LDP dominance means he would win such a vote.

How much compensation has he paid out to the sector?

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Yubaru

Today 07:19 am JST

I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in.

> No you don't. Just sounds like you really dont know what's going on here and are just looking for excuses

Actually yes they are saying exactly that.

I am a member of our local and ward business association.

This year is my turn to be a committee member.

And at nearly all our meetings I have had to argue with members that the virus is already spreading and permitting tourists will not change anything.

The constant argument towards my defense of foreign tourists is that:

" Japanese are cleaner" "we wash everyday and wash our hands more " etc...

I know plenty of businesses that do not need foreign tourists and most believe tourist will spread the virus.

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@Larr Flint

I think problem isn't strict rules and testing, the problem is organized tours.

No one wants to come on organized tour we don't live in 60s or 70s.

Exactly - if nothing changes re these tours by September I'm rebooking for next year. No way am I spending a three week holiday stuck with being told where I can and cannot go with a group of people I don't know and do not choose to be with. My country opened up to tourists months ago (including Japanese tourists who can go where they want)... just seems silly.

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Maybe it wasn't clear

The fact the the ones who do make the restrictions don't is the issue here.

You said it's a fact the ones who made/make the rules have no basis, you must have a basis for saying that or well, it's not a fact.

That's what I was asking about.

No need to answer though it's obvious there's no basis

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Well you were saying the restrictions have no basis I just want the confirm if you have basis yourself thanks

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If you are not aware of how stigmatized COVID is here in Japan and how foreigners visiting are viewed you are probably a foreigner sheltered by the high politeness foreigners get as this is a society that goes above and beyond to put their best face to the outside world. If you are ingrained in the community being a foreigner long enough then you will see that indeed there is a huge stigma still. Families only recently started letting their family members from outside of Japan who are japanese know it's ok to come visit without worrying what the neighbors think. In the schools every week there are closures that may only last a day or two isolated by the grade and classes and trace of close contact but who gets sick is still held in secret only leaks out through the children because of course kids are awesome to them it's not a big deal but the adults still have that deep seeded shame. Of course it's not everyone but it's the prevelent mentality. The only thing that has helped sadly was how quickly omicron spread speeding up the process of normalizing in it. So we are at least headed in the right direction as far as accepting it as something we need to live with, deal with and manage. Despite all the criticism Japan has gotten on how it has handled the spread. I feel they whether intentionally or not achieved not overwhelming their medical facilities for over 2 years now. I give credit where credit is due. My take is everyone eventually will get it it's just a matter of time, I wish all stay healthy and if you get it as I already did once may you recover without any major illness as most people will.

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@ian

I don't need to show anything. I don't make the rules affecting others' lives. The fact the the ones who do make the restrictions don't is the issue here.

From the top of my head, I remember the tantrum the foreign minister threw when asked about the scientific basis on banning re-entry to non-Japanese residents a couple of years ago. He ended up belittling the journalist and then simply dodging the question.

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The entry restrictions are not based on data or facts,

Well can you show the data or facts on which you based this on or is this common sense that everybody knows?

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If it wasn't already obvious, the Japanese gov't is slow playing the reopening to tourists because inbound tourism is not popular with the Japanese people.

Outside of someone with direct business interests in tourism, the Japanese people don't ever want to see mass tourism here on the scale it was in 2019 - and I don't blame them. It was too much, too fast and risked destroying the places heavily frequented by tourists. Selling out to tourism under the perceived threat of losing GDP is not worth it. Just ask Thailand, the more you cater to the masses, the worse it gets. Keep tourism to Japan exclusive, high-end and overall low in quantity. It's better for the local people and the environment.

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From roughly 2.8 million foreign visitors in June 2019 to 120,000 in June of 2022. Stark difference. Lots of money in Japan tourism revenue lost in last couple of years.

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252 tourists with 10,000 ushers and guides.

Guides are holding hands to keep the 252 tourists away from the general public.

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I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in.

That's a wild assertion. I keep hearing the exact opposite. Now what?

What good is it to make wild assertions? Corona is here, now we have to work on dealing with it rather than wasting time pointing fingers and blaming.

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NewgirlintownToday 07:06 am JST

I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in. The irony is that the tourists are the ones who are probably more at risk off catching it off the local population.

I have never heard anyone say it this bluntly.

What I have heard quite a bit is people talking about how Japanese people have "better manners", are "cleanlier" and "orderly" (majime), especially when the pandemic was less tragic here than in some other parts of the world. That at mostly a complete lack of sympathy for the plight of those who got locked out because of Japan's unreasonable re-entry restrictions for the first few months.

The implications are quite clear to anyone who's lived here for a while, but the wording tends to be less hostile, at least in my experience.

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He is right, tourists, but not the foreign one's, as there arent enough to matter!

He meant the foreign ones! I told him there weren't enough to matter and he changed the subject, then he went off.

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He is right, tourists, but not the foreign one's,

That's an eminently important distinction,

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Lol, a guy literally said this to me this morning. I asked him if he knew why there's been a sudden spike in new case numbers in Osaka and he said, "It's the tourists."

Yeah, same as down here in Okinawa, DOMESTIC tourists! Domestic travel has not had a slow down and is causing a huge increase in numbers of infected.

He is right, tourists, but not the foreign one's, as there arent enough to matter!

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You seem to have conveniently forgotten the situation at the beginning of the pandemic when some stores refused access to foreigners, and even PRs were refused entry back to Japan, leaving them stranded without their Japanese families.

You seem to read something but not comprehend what was written and assume something different. You are talking about the beginning of the pandemic, reread what I wrote, SINCE the first explosion in cases. The beginning had no huge jump in cases, it jumped when omicron started!

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NewgirlintownToday 07:06 am JST

I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in. The irony is that the tourists are the ones who are probably more at risk off catching it off the local population.

Lol, a guy literally said this to me this morning. I asked him if he knew why there's been a sudden spike in new case numbers in Osaka and he said, "It's the tourists."

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Tourists do not want to be treated as infected inferior specimens. Unnecessary testing, masked, monitored, guided, supervised, lectured. Japan’s true colours.

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I am not traveling anytime soon, not until this craze and revenge travel cool down.

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“ Do they not realize that when the locals come back from their travels abroad they have as much chance of catching and spreading the virus as tourists?”

They do, which is why a negative test result is required before boarding to be back to Japan… this is a pain but just one measure to limit the risk..

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What is not mentioned was that when the borders opened to international tourists, there were barely any tours in place. Tour companies got little guidance from the Kishida government on what to do and how to manage tours. By the time they got that guidance, it was too late for numbers to rise in June. In addition, the time to get visas (a week in Australia) adds to the delay. No wonder that figure is low.

Now, look at the other figure that was mentioned:

A further 14,580 have applied to enter the country in July or later

Now the companies have got their act together, you are going to see that number of international tourists rise sharply.

I think problem isn't strict rules and testing, the problem is organized tours.

No one wants to come on organized tour we don't live in 60s or 70s.

You would be surprised- there are many people who don't want to travel without guides, and there are some so desperate to return to Japan they will go on these tours.

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Every single time I have been out of Japan and back on arrival the Covid regulations have changed-do they know what they are doing?

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What a joke

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

Hurry up I want to go back homu!!

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My partner just tested positive

That explains alot !

And nothing at all.

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252 out of 120,400 and many are "technical interns" from Asian countries. Wonder why?

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Because Hawaii is America

Correction - Hawaii is a state in the USA - the Aloha state! Although technically Hawaii doesn't exist anymore after it was invaded and colonized.

And in case your still confused America is multiple continents and many countries.

Your referring to a state in a north American country called the USA

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

I despise Japan's one rule for them, one rule for others, policy. Despise it.

Hate that Japanese can go anywhere they like, but it's hard for others to enter Japan.

I despise it. Would love Japan to be called out on this by anyone.

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The only ones are sad are the foreigners. I don't see any see Japanese crying about the policy. The Japanese are happy.

The Japanese are happy because -their movements are not being restricted. They can travel to loads of places, pretty as they please. I'd bet you plenty that if countries restricted Japanese tourists from entering their country or placed restrictions on their travel, they'd be singing a different tune. These tourist rules and restrictions Japan has put in place is nothing short of hypocrisy and discrimination. Do they not realize that when the locals come back from their travels abroad they have as much chance of catching and spreading the virus as tourists?

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For all those people claiming foreign people are bringing the virus in, can they explain the reentry of Japanese citizens going abroad then returning ?.

What is the difference ?

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One thing is absolutely clear; international tourism won't be making a strong come back to the country's desperate travel sector any time soon.

Tepid interest in restrictive group tours which are typically only popular with the Chinese market means the government needs to fast-track an action plan to let free-moving travellers back into the country. This was a step everyone in the travel industry was crossing their fingers for after the elections earlier this month. Unfortunately, the 7th wave pushing case numbers through the roof couldn't come at a worse time - the government has now scrapped their domestic tourism initiative, and it's very clear that their "watch and act accordingly" strategy towards opening the border is a shaky house of cards resting on the back of domestic tourism programs being rolled out without case numbers shooting up.

By the time this wave subsides, domestic initiatives resume, and the government "watches and acts accordingly" for a little longer, we will be right on the doorstep of winter and an 8th surge.

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@larr flint

*I live in the center of Tokyo near one of the major tourist hubs and pre covid the place was overran with tourists, my best guess would be over 50% of them on organized tours.*

Yes your place in Tokyo got overrun with those 252 tourists from overseas.

pre-covid larr, pre, as in before covid happened, as in before 2020, as in when Japan had about 20 million annual visitors.

It really is a good idea to actually carefully read the comment you are replying to before starting to type.

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Shows the scale of immigration

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

100% some crafty techniques being used to get into Japan for 'business' reasons. There are a few automotive Youtubers I follow who got in for 'business' reasons but in reality they needed 2 weeks of content. Some guy reckoned it took 3 months and help from people on the inside to get his business visa.

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Nobody wants to subject themselves to a North Korean style holiday after 2+ years of being under lockdown and restricted to a local geographical location. They'll be going to places that allow them free reign to do, see, and go wherever they like without a chaperone so it's not at all surprising that Japan's not seeing a huge influx of international tourists.

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Allowing intern workers for cheap labor. Companies first. It’s like the EUs plan to increase the cost of domestic gas so people can’t afford and companies can continue.

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If tourists arrive with proof of vaccination and negative Covid test, what's the problem?

you do know that being vaccinated doesn’t stop transmission and infection right? You do know that PCR tests are 60-80% accurate right? You do understand about ongoing variations right?

my partner just tested positive on Monday. The “so called” test can’t even detect which variant. Luckily only sore throat and fatigue, but it would be nice to know if she will suffer Long Covid.

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There is alot of scamming around the "business" visits...just open up people are find many ways to get in...

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Have you seen prices the prices for airline tix + lodging? I can't speak for anyone except myself but prices are through the roof.

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The borders are open ! What’s the question?

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 Recommending people wear masks in Japan is fine too, given that it is Japanese etiquette. The more people say things like "Japan must open completely and no more face nappies (masks)!", the longer it will take for the border to open. There have to be compromises.

agree with you. But please allow me to play devil's advocate.

Soccer fans packed in - Japan Today

If you go to this article, you will see that masking is not really followed that much by the Japanese themselves anymore. Also, just last weekend the wife took the kids to see their grandparents so I had the house to myself. I thought I could do with a beer in a quiet corner of an izakaya as long as I could socially distance, but EVERY SINGLE Izakaya, Ramen shop, and restaurant I walked into was PACKED with TONS of people and those that were walking around to and from the toilets weren't even masking up, and it looked just like anywhere else in the world with people pretty much ignoring the mask social distancing mandates.

I'm all for etiquette as long as its applied equally across the board and not with one rule for the Japanese and another for the foreigners.

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I wish people wouldn't talk in all-or-nothing terms.

I would like the border to open to independent tourists, my livelihood depends on it, but I think its fine to force people to get tested before flying here. Given that vaccination helps avoid hospitalization for folk who catch Covid in Japan, I think its okay to encourage inbound tourists to get vaccinated as well. Just ditch the testing on arrival. Recommending people wear masks in Japan is fine too, given that it is Japanese etiquette. The more people say things like "Japan must open completely and no more face nappies (masks)!", the longer it will take for the border to open. There have to be compromises.

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Pure hypocrisy from Japan. They don't open their borders but still travel freely to the west. I suppose it is the west's fault for not putting the same restrictions on Japanese travelers.

Golden rule

Japan has it as well

黄金律

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No we would not. We would respect America's decision, Because Hawaii is America. Thus America's rules must be both followed and respect as Japan's rules must be both respected and followed.

If the Japanese had the same restrictions put on THEM to travel like THEY do to the world, they would open up quickly.

Very quickly

-10 ( +12 / -22 )

Because they can still travel. I would love to see the US not allow the Japanese to travel to Hawaii. Reciprocal treatment. You'll see how loud the Japanese will start crying. they'll start screaming

No we would not. We would respect America's decision, Because Hawaii is America. Thus America's rules must be both followed and respect as Japan's rules must be both respected and followed.

-8 ( +6 / -14 )

The Japanese government response is spectacularly out of sync with reality, and even the advice of their own experts - stupendous dithering in sporadic dysfunctional flip-flops, as someone above put it so well.

Its been that way from day 1. And not just about the pandemic. Every single response they've had to anything has been horrendous

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@Wil

 I live in the center of Tokyo near one of the major tourist hubs and pre covid the place was overran with tourists, my best guess would be over 50% of them on organized tours.

Yes your place in Tokyo got overrun with those 252 tourists from overseas.

We are not talking about domestic tourism but international one. The reason why it is so low is due to the organized tours.

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Until Japan starts allowing tourists to enter the country, other countries should stop letting in Japanese travelers. Japan always gets a free pass! Why?!

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It would help if the article used less confusing terms. It's confusing calling someone who is going to come and live here for three, four, five years a 'foreign visitor'. It would make much more sense to use 'visitor' to mean someone coming on holiday, to see family, or on business, and call the others inbound foreign students or workers. For the average Japanese, a furriner is a furriner, and they make no distinctions, but this kind of article is confusing and perpetuates mistaken ideas about the situation. It would make sense for inbound workers/students to quarantine at their workplace or campus for a few days, to help slow down the spread of new variants and protect the health system in the current situation of soaring infections.

The North Korea-style 'guided tour' idea was dumb from the start, and even dumber with the current soaring figures.

The Japanese government response is spectacularly out of sync with reality, and even the advice of their own experts - stupendous dithering in sporadic dysfunctional flip-flops, as someone above put it so well.

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Because, Japan has the right to set any rules for its borders. If you dont like them you dont have to come to Japan. Japan's borders Japan's rules.

I'll bet Japan would change its rules REALLY fast if they were treated the same way they treat others.

The only ones are sad are the foreigners.

No one is sad. Most of us are already here.

I don't see any see Japanese crying about the policy. The Japanese are happy.

Because they can still travel. I would love to see the US not allow the Japanese to travel to Hawaii. Reciprocal treatment. You'll see how loud the Japanese will start crying. they'll start screaming

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JohnSmith Today 08:57 am JST

Numbers are rising everywhere - with or without immigration controls.

Time to open up.

I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment, I would rather see unbound tourism resume. But I can't help pointing out a bit of a problem:

If Japan opened up while the numbers are rising, even if tourism would not contribute in a disproportional amount to the numbers, there would still be an increasing number of aff/infected tourists to be taken care of. Most of them "just" with the prospect of a week or two of isolation, but some of them with a serious and potentially life-threatening illness. And the Japanese hospital system is hard enough to navigate as is, but imagine having to do it without speaking a lick of the language. Combine that with Japanese either a) wanting to be hospitable and not actively hurting their visitors, or b) wanting nothing to do with dirty foreigners, then you've got a bit of a conundrum on your hands.

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I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in. The irony is that the tourists are the ones who are probably more at risk off catching it off the local population.

Yes. This is true. A few months back during the then latest upsurge in covid cases we had a typical scheduled meeting at my company only to have the meeting head start by blurting out that the upsurge was due to non-japanese and he was literally physically shaking and upset because he truly believed it.

I just glared at him with the how dare you look and for the remaining time of the meeting he wouldn't dare look in my direction.

To this day he still holds that ignorant misguided believe and needless to say our relationship hasn't been the same since.

What a shame.

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@Yubaru

Don’t you think that it is more than strange that the vaccines are never ending?

As I child, I caught a nasty virus which causes chickenpox which I have never had again.

My immune system obviously protects me against any reinfection.

The governments of the world suggest and sometimes enforce (including Japan) multiple vaccines on their populations.

Present vaccines are clearly not effective against new variants in the same way we all catch the common cold; viral mutations.

I am begining to seriously wonder.

What is it really all for?

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I think for Vietnamese, Chinese and South Koreans, Japan is an enduring tourist destination relatively close to home.

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honestly if i am potential tourist i will opt for some other destination say Thailand...where you are more welcome than here

Yeah so no need to open the border for tourists

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

honestly if i am potential tourist i will opt for some other destination say Thailand...where you are more welcome than here

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Tourists, Hahaha, when was the last time you went on a tour ? and who is crazy enough to travel with all the restrictions and trouble abroad ?

Better hold on till about 2025.

-8 ( +8 / -16 )

Japan have to forget to get many tourists this year.Thanks to own covid rules for visitors and also thanks to increased covid cases which both drives away potential tourists from visit.Just weak yen is not enough to attract masses.

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What is the criteria for increasing the number of tourists or even just going back to normal? Covid is not going to disappear anytime soon. Its not going to make a difference not allowing tourists.

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tourist are in groups and have almost no contact with the Japanese. In fact, they are more likely to bring in, and alot of them are testing positive."

And how many Japanese are testing positive daily again?

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Larry Flint

I think problem isn't strict rules and testing, the problem is organized tours.

No one wants to come on organized tour we don't live in 60s or 70s.

I live in the center of Tokyo near one of the major tourist hubs and pre covid the place was overran with tourists, my best guess would be over 50% of them on organized tours. Looks like the 60's and 70's are well alive.

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I have literally never heard any Japanese person say that.

I always hear foreigners say Japanese say foreigners bring the virus in

6 ( +17 / -11 )

how incredibly sad. Other countries are moving forward and Japan is moving backwards.

The only ones are sad are the foreigners. I don't see any see Japanese crying about the policy. The Japanese are happy.

-10 ( +7 / -17 )

Good. Please control tourist entry. Japanese government should do what they think is right. Focus on promoting domestic tourism first. That would also make the tourist industry more stable, sustainable with a better balance of domestic and foreign.

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May I assume these are not foreign residents of Japan returning from a trip to their own countries?

Japanese news showed a special last night of Chinese investors coming to Japan to buy bankrupt minkan, hotels and onsen built for tourists in cash. Japanese owners took out massive loans to build or upgrade them.

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Newgirlin town

I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in.

I have literally never heard any Japanese person say that.

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It's because the intelligent folks have figured out if they get a business visa they can visit Japan.

and a Business visa is hard to get since you have to employee of the company to get one.

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No one wants to come on organized tour we don't live in 60s or 70s.

Won't be true no matter how many times you say it

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If tourists arrive with proof of vaccination and negative Covid test, what's the problem? Why limit them to these silly North Korea-style group tours?

Because, Japan has the right to set any rules for its borders. If you dont like them you dont have to come to Japan. Japan's borders Japan's rules.

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I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in. The irony is that the tourists are the ones who are probably more at risk off catching it off the local population."

Yep, I usually tell them this is the case when this nonsense comes up. Goes down a treat.

-11 ( +6 / -17 )

Employed at a vocational (technical?) college, one prime course lately is Hospitality and Tourism. The moment learners view this, they will question whether their investment was worthy. Hoping for a better outcome.

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The irony is that the tourists are the ones who are probably more at risk off catching it off the local population.

Probably not, since tourist are in groups and have almost no contact with the Japanese. In fact, they are more likely to bring in, and alot of them are testing positive.

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

I think problem isn't strict rules and testing, the problem is organized tours.

No one wants to come on organized tour we don't live in 60s or 70s.

0 ( +10 / -10 )

If what everyone says that no one wants to visit Japan anymore is true then there's no need to open up

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

Drop the stupid pre departure pcr tests for triple jabbed passangers. Covid is already here and being spread by Japanese. The horse has bolted. Time to get on with living.

I'd gladly do a test but the one they are requiring in Japan specifc format is just a big scam.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

With coronavirus numbers rising again, I am confident that the current immigration controls are on target.

Numbers are rising everywhere - with or without immigration controls.

Time to open up.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

Other countries are already accepted corona as part of their lives and open up their borders with no testing and quarantine , I don't understand why Japan still can't do it as an advance country. Many countries have their fair share of high infection rates..but they don't shut their borders so strictly again.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

And even in non-pandemic times, tourists aren't free to travel many places inside mainland China.

That's absolute nonsense for a start.

Where do some people even get these ideas?

-8 ( +8 / -16 )

I appreciate the Japanese government’s cautiousness towards opening up. You can better control a trickle than a flood. With coronavirus numbers rising again, I am confident that the current immigration controls are on target.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

Well whatever data they may have gleaned from their little group tour experiment surely are of no use now

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Methinks its victim complex

Finally you got something correct !

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

No one has been talking about foreigners bringing in corona since the first real explosion in cases here in Okinawa, and the Gov. looking to find someone to blame, blamed the US military. Soon that passed by as well.

You seem to have conveniently forgotten the situation at the beginning of the pandemic when some stores refused access to foreigners, and even PRs were refused entry back to Japan, leaving them stranded without their Japanese families.

And those 'visitors' are not visitors. They're here to live temporarily and do the menial jobs no locals want to do.

2 ( +12 / -10 )

Funny to see how NHK reports this:

Foreign visitors to Japan top 100,000 for 3rd straight month

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20220720_25/

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

i am not surprised at all these few hundreds or tourists are pathetic number from any point of view.

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

If a fourth or fifth vial of Moderna or Pfizer were enough to prevent all these infections then there would not be any precautionary measures in place.

One has to understand that the covid vaccinations do not prevent anything. No matter how many times a person receives one, or two, or three, or four, or even five! You still can catch it, and still pass it on to someone else.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Lol

-15 ( +0 / -15 )

Not ALL of this is a result of bad internal policy making. Pre-pandemic, Chinese tourists made up the largest group of inbound passengers by far.

Their own government will not allow them to leave the country.

Not much the Japanese government can do about that even if it wanted to (which it apparently does not).

But there are multiple industries that could certainly use the business. One would hope that the limitations will be lifted in a reasonable and rational amount of time (although this "one" is not holding out too much hope for that...)

2 ( +6 / -4 )

sure there will be lots of tourist if japan open to all instead just tour groups.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

The Japanese government has divided countries and regions into three groups, with travelers in the lowest-risk "blue" group permitted to enter Japan on guided tours and are exempt from quarantine and testing upon arrival if they show proof of a negative pre-departure test result

……

The Japanese government is failing to acknowledge the truth and that is Corona is rampant in Japan and rising.

Clearly, foreigners are not part of the problem now and measures taken months ago are not the measures that should be in place now.

Before an international trip, I am more concerned of infection here than my destination.

If a fourth or fifth vial of Moderna or Pfizer were enough to prevent all these infections then there would not be any precautionary measures in place.

Perhaps, the PCR test is the best measure available at present and even that test is open to criticism.

Vaccines just aren’t saving the day as the new variants eg BA.2.75 et al; are just not the same as Delta or Omicron.

I don’t expect any changes to occur for tourism except for the big government linked tourism firms to keep receiving big wads of yen…,

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

Looks like those 252 tourists are solely responsible for the 100,000+ daily Covid cases! Once in a century pandemic! Close the borders NOW! Never reopen!

GANBARE NIPPON!

-7 ( +16 / -23 )

It's because the intelligent folks have figured out if they get a business visa they can visit Japan.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

how incredibly sad. Other countries are moving forward and Japan is moving backwards.

-10 ( +22 / -32 )

sounds like there was a backlog from the travel restrictions and these people were waiting. all in all a good sign that things are moving toward the new "normal"

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

What Japan already did to boost their tourism after Pandemic? Proposing group tour, only country in the world who really did that.

Russia has always been like that for visitors from some countries. And even in non-pandemic times, tourists aren't free to travel many places inside mainland China.

So, if being like those countries is the goal for Japan, that has been achieved.

Pre-pandemic, I would love to travel to Japan with the exchange rate as it is now, but I try to travel in spring and fall, not summer, to avoid crowds and heat.

0 ( +11 / -11 )

If this is just stating statistics, then there really isn't much to be surprised at, since it's just stating the results of their rules.

But if they are trying to be sad about not enough foreigners entering, it's a little silly. How many people can afford the packaged tours? How many people want to me watched constantly while on "vacation"? Also it's July/August. The hottest time in Japan. And not many events have started up again. Not much to entice a trip?

I really don't know why this article keeps popping up as something new when they keep restating the same thing for months...

14 ( +19 / -5 )

Anyone visiting Japan being fully vaccinated won't catch anything off a local right ?

120k foreign visitors were here on Business ? Did they leave too, or are they on a short-term visas ?

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in.

I've heard foreigners claiming Japanese people are talking about this. I never heard a single Japanese person say it, in person, or in the media.

Methinks it's victim complex.

21 ( +46 / -25 )

Drop the stupid pre departure pcr tests for triple jabbed passangers. Covid is already here and being spread by Japanese. The horse has bolted. Time to get on with living.

44 ( +53 / -9 )

I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in.

No you don't. Just sounds like you really dont know what's going on here and are just looking for excuses

No one has been talking about foreigners bringing in corona since the first real explosion in cases here in Okinawa, and the Gov. looking to find someone to blame, blamed the US military. Soon that passed by as well.

18 ( +46 / -28 )

Japan gets 120,400 foreign visitors in June, but only 252 tourists

252 tourists? What Japan already did to boost their tourism after Pandemic? Proposing group tour, only country in the world who really did that.

I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in. The irony is that the tourists are the ones who are probably more at risk off catching it off the local population.

At least this time they won't blame foreigners for that, just check daily commute in Japan big cities. Still wan to blame foreigner for that?

10 ( +34 / -24 )

If tourists arrive with proof of vaccination and negative Covid test, what's the problem? Why limit them to these silly North Korea-style group tours?

47 ( +68 / -21 )

I keep hearing Japanese people talking about how foreigners are going to bring coronavirus in. The irony is that the tourists are the ones who are probably more at risk off catching it off the local population.

40 ( +83 / -43 )

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