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Tokyo tourism sector worried as elderly asked not to use travel scheme

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They do know people die? Or that's not a Buisness expense. Nice to see priorities.

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Workers at tourist spots in Tokyo voiced concern Saturday about the negative impact on their businesses of the government's request for elderly people and those with health issues not to use Japan's domestic travel subsidy campaign

So, they'd prefer them to go and buy a trinket at their stall and end up on a ventilator.

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Tokyo tourism sector worried as elderly asked not to use travel scheme

But they don't worry about well being of those elderly? Especially elderly have more fatality rate during this pandemic. For them it just all about business and profit, that really shame.

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Let’s see the landlords give their commercial business tenants a rent free holiday then?

Every time there is a proclamation from on high millions of businesses are affected negatively.

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It's not a matter of the elderly NOT being able to travel, it's just they can't use the "Go To" money when they do!

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Great headline. Our sales are more important than older people's lives. They'll get no compassion from me if they end up closing business or on line at Hello Work. Karma ya' know,

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Containment of the pandemic is successful in totalitarian China while in democratic countries where individual freedom, human rights and free enterprises are the norm, they are facing difficulties. We may be entering the time to rethink our inefficient regime at the time of crisis.

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Workers at tourist spots in Tokyo voiced concern Saturday about the negative impact on their businesses of the government's request for elderly people and those with health issues not to use Japan's domestic travel subsidy campaign amid an uptick in coronavirus cases.

Capitalism: Please die for the economy.

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Selfish idiots! All they care about is their profits. Just ignore the worldwide pandemic and over a million people killed by the virus worldwide in the last 8 months.

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It’s bizarre that the government are advising the elderly not to participate in this mad campaign YET encouraging the young/ the group with the highest case of infections (according to the questionable data given) to keep participating and keep spreading the virus. Utter insanity!

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Asakusa's Nakamise shopping street

So after years and years of making a fortune, the shops have no savings to survive a downturn? This is Japan, so earthquakes, mega typhoons, missiles from NK, etc. are going to happen.

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@do the hustle @ ossan

trying to make an income to buy groceries, pay rent & maybe pay the staff isn’t exactly being selfish. They are just trying to survive.

Your income is probably unaffected by lockdowns, so you can sit at home sipping craft beer, totally stress free.

Many people rely on tourists or customers for their livelihood. So if you’ve never run your own business, just shut the f*** up

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YubaruToday  07:38 am JST

It's not a matter of the elderly NOT being able to travel, it's just they can't use the "Go To" money when they do!

They can still use it if they want, it is only a request and there is no need to provide correct identification when you use it.

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Talk about living in a bubble. They’re concerned about the request for elderly to refrain, not at all concerned about the fact that there is a pandemic raging practically unregulated in their cities.

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It’s not rocket science. SARS-CoV-2 is very very dangerous to elderly. Also obese and people with heart or lung complications, as well as people with cancers or immune system diseases.

this grouping must be locked down.

normal healthy younger people can most probably recover if they take two weeks off work.

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Tokyo people need to learn from kyoto people who are now overjoyed that tourist numbers are down.

Instead of blatantly ripping everyone off for some worthless trinket, adjust and get with the program.

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Real business people show creativity and resilience in times of a downturn whatever the reason. My companies are active in the sports and entertainment sector but I switched the center of gravity by using my network to represent food and other companies.

Most of us , business men , also constantly complain about government interference so crying for them to bail us out is inconsistent. But accepting support when offered is good business acumen.

As a business man you choose independence and that has pro and contra’s compared to being an employee but we must accept both.

Nothing more true than the saying that there is opportunity in challenges. Those who can’t adapt or transform go bust, that is the tough but just law of being a business man. There is no ‘“ but” we have to accept that

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Old people have the money... Catch 22

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Old people have the money... Catch 22

And there are lots of them...

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Tokyo people need to learn from kyoto people who are now overjoyed that tourist numbers are down.

I sometimes visit Kyoto and local people definitely wish for tourists. Just not from Tokyo.

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I own a business (largely unaffected by the rona), and if the government were requesting actions that would affect it, I would be concerned and angry, too.

It's incredible how the some officials are willing to sacrifice the economy and livelihood of regular people in order to save a minority of frail people from the tiny possibility of dying from an overestimated flu.

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vanityofthevanities

So by your logic, australia and New Zealand are on par with china? Both countries with democratically elected governments imposed very strict lockdowns.

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They do know people die? Or that's not a Buisness expense. Nice to see priorities.

Yes people die. But consider this: More Japanese died of suicide( n Japan, more people died from suicide last month than from Covid in all of 2020. And women have been impacted https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/28/asia/japan-suicide-women-covid-dst-intl-hnk/index.html)

So the government has to be concerned about the resulting economic impact of the covid 19 issue.

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El rata,

what business do you run? An exterminator outfit ?

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@tooheysnew

They are just trying to survive.

Your income is probably unaffected by lockdowns, so you can sit at home sipping craft beer, totally stress free.

This is excatly the point.

If your life and income are not effected by lockdowns and restrictions, then it is easy to say "let us shut down everything" and "People should not travel".

But if your whole existence and life income is depend on tourism, it is a complete different situation.

In my opinion, if you want to travel, do it!

But do your best personal preventions. (Like wearing masks, keep social distance, use hand sanitizers...).

In America, Europe...many many people are traveling. And not only inside their own country. Also to foreign countries. The difference to Japan is, that Japan support your travel with money via the GoTo Campaign.

The GoTo campaign supports the businesses which depends on tourism and support the travelers with cheaper travel expenses.

@Goodlucktoyou

*I sometimes visit Kyoto and *local people definitely wish for tourists.

Yes, because the local people of Kyoto depend on tourism.

Just do your best personal prevention, and your tarvel will be fine.

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They really have no idea what's going on, do they?

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They were worried long before this...

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Does the government (and some commenters here) not realize that many households in Japan are multigenerational? You can’t keep jiichan and baachan safe if they live with their adult children and grandchildren.

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Ooohhhh I seeeeee!!!

Give us your money after that, we don't care what happens to you!!! That's what they call customer service in Japan!!! We will arrange the meeting with God!!!

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So by your logic, australia and New Zealand are on par with china? Both countries with democratically elected governments imposed very strict lockdowns.

Very strict lockdowns led to an increase of suicides higher than virus attributable deaths, a 400%+ increase in domestic violence and one in five children suffering from developmental depression, unemployment and financial debt. Not to mention erosion of civil liberties.

chinas response was best, but Japan is not doing so bad. Apart from not preparing for 9 months, dedicated hospitals that is.

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Back on topic please.

@monty

well said

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@vanityofthevanities

Ha ! you actually believe China !?

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In America, Europe... there are a lot of people travelling. And not only within a nation of their own. To foreign nations as well. The difference with Japan is that through the GoTo Campaign, Japan helps your travel with currency. The GoTo campaign helps companies that rely on tourists and offers lower travel costs for passengers.

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