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Record 3,568 people needed assistance on Japan's mountains in 2023

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I didn’t.

I didn’t “go there”.

”Stay HOME; Save Lives”.

Lol.

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Make them pay for their rescue.

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Look these climbers must take reasonability, financial with personal liability insurance.

It is outrageous the J tax payer, the rescue services be accountable, put in danger.

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itsonlyrocknrollToday  05:42 pm JST

Look these climbers must take reasonability, financial with personal liability insurance.

It is outrageous the J tax payer, the rescue services be accountable, put in danger.

Nothing in this article indicates that the cost of the rescue is borne by the taxpayer instead of the rescued person footing the bill. But maybe you read this somewhere else.

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Only copter rescues are charged.

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10 per day

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In the two countries I've lived in, mountain rescue services are done by a combination of volunteers and police and air force rescue. The registration to be required of climbers sounds a good idea though.

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Rakuraku, maybe I wasn't clear, so allow me to define.

I am insisting all that venture "climbing" mount Fuji purchase personal liability insurance.

No ifs or buts.

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The latest data showed cases involving foreign visitors also increased, with a total of 145 people needing help, the highest number since records on foreign tourist incidents began being tracked in 2018.

145 out of 3,568 (4%) is rather low considering Japan has over 3 million foreign nationals living in Japan (according to Nikkei) and over 3 million inbound travelers a month.

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145 out of 3,568 (4%) is rather low 

The Mt. Fuji climbing season is from early July to early September, basically two months.

During that time, we have 6 million foreign travelers in the country, accounting for 4.6% of all people here. So foreign visitors accounting for 4% of people needing assistance is what should be expected.

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Only copter rescues are charged.

Perhaps in the prefectures in whose borders the Fuji trails fall. Not so in all prefectures.

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Anonymous

Only copter rescues are charged.

Perhaps in the prefectures in whose borders the Fuji trails fall. Not so in all prefectures.

I think all copter rescues are charged. There was a time when there were no charges then they were introduced.

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After that pic I thought that 335 person died on Mt Fuji alone, luckily I was wrong!

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"Rescue operations in Japan's mountains may be conducted by the police, rescue workers from private companies, or a combination of these. If a private company conducts the rescue operation, you will be charged about 50,000 yen per day per worker."

https://hikesinjapan.yamakei-online.com/information/l.php#:~:text=Rescue%20operations%20in%20Japan's%20mountains,yen%20per%20day%20per%20worker.

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“Stay Home, Save Lives”

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

Climb the mountain! You won’t live forever.

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How do you get stranded on Takao-san?! The tramline lost power?

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I am insisting all that venture "climbing" mount Fuji purchase personal liability insurance.

No ifs or buts.

Hikers in Fuji already pay for their own rescue assistance.

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Kudos to the hikers.

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Stranded on Mt Takao

No way to be stranded there. What’s the reason?

Old age, inability to walk, lack of simple training, bad shoes?

Takao is the closest and easiest mountain near Tokyo, no risk at all. But frequented by many “city people” who sometimes do not exercise at all and do not have the basic body fit, Same for many climbing Fuji.

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Oh. I see, didou. Before I climb a hill I'll have a physical. I'm not as dumb as all that. Thanks for the tip.

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“Stay Home, Save Lives”

Stay in home whining...

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I've not been to Takao but I have seen a news article about rescues and it said "hikui yama" (smaller mountains) were much more likely to have incidents of people getting lost. The news crew went up one and it was dense forest with badly marked junctions where the path branches. If you were there when its getting dark, which will be easily done if you can do the hike in a couple of hours, it would be very easy to miss the junction in the path and get lost. On big mountains, its usually obvious where the path is, especially above tree line.

Lots of this will be people having cardiac incidents, strokes, or slipping and spraining their ankle or knee. All easily done. Its not all idiots who do big hikes in spite of typhoon warnings.

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Home is in the mountains. I found even easy hiking in Rokko Mt. in Kobe challenging as the trails are quite rough and the forest is dense there are also wild pigs. If you fall down a slope into the dense growthy bye bye.

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It is hard to tell if this is a good news story or a bad news story without knowing the number of people hiking in the mountains.

Have the number of people hiking decreased, increased by 1% or increased by 30%.

In Japan hiking, in the past, has not been a particularly popular pursuit for young people but an extremely popular pursuit for retired people. It would be somewhat unusual to see a group of late 20's woman hiking in the mountains but normal to see a group of 70 year old woman hiking in the mountains.

Does the increase in the number of people needing assistance simply reflect the rising number of seniors who have the time to go hiking?

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