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Gov't to let foreign athletes enter Japan under certain conditions

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Am I missing something? It seems like it is easier for a foreign athlete to enter Japan than it is for the Permanent Residents here.

The overseas athletes will be admitted, ostensibly to raise the level of domestic competition for Japan's top athletes in Olympic sports.

I think the right term for Japan in this case would be "wagamama"

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Am I missing something? It seems like it is easier for a foreign athlete to enter Japan than it is for the Permanent Residents here.

Yes, you apparenty missed this part:

"The athletes will be required to hand in the results of polymerase chain reaction tests before leaving their countries and upon arrival in Japan. They will also need to abide by the 14-day self-quarantine rule and submit their movement plans within Japan."

All the same for returning PRs and/or any resident visa holder, but PRs and returning residents do not need to "submit their movement plans within Japan."

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This is obviously Japan’s way of ensuring Japanese athletes occupy all the medal slots.

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@divinda

The part I believe I missed is that they need to be subjected to another test when they enter Japan

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Certain conditions? Movement plan? No you can't move ahead of locals, certainly no movement plan involving getting a first place. Not on paper of course.

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Can anyone say "Olympics".

I would strongly advise any world class athletes to do their research before even considering coming here for anything!

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@Yubaru

can you elaborate on that for those of us who are not in the know?

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Is the government seriously saying that the Olympics is more important than life and health of residents here?

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Olympics at all costs. How can this help with immigration control?

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This is beyond pathetic!!! Allowing people like this who were ALREADY based in Japan before covid I can understand no issue there.......but this plan is simply allowing favourable treatment of some group......

I can see what Japan is trying to do here, they are hoping to bring in a few sports gaijins & then pray none catch covid & then say """""SEE""""" Japan has it under control

Lame all round & unfair to boot!

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The part I believe I missed is that they need to be subjected to another test when they enter Japan

My cousin and husband had a test before leaving India. Negitive. On arrival in NZ and in quarantine, they both tested positive. Contact tracing claimed they got it from on the plane.

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With certain countries contemplating boycotting the games next year due to the pandemic, shouldnt the government consider begging the athletes to come to Japan instead?

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For certain sports, if they don't let athletes and their staff in early, overseas competitors will not be able to make the preparations necessary to fully compete in the Games. Aside from sports where the course/venue matters, none of the superstars, Federer etc. are simply going to turn up and stay in the Olympic Village two in a room on cardboard beds. They will have their own entourage and requirements.

I'd be happy for them to cancel the whole event, but if it goes ahead, I'll be happy to go along to see the road cycling and hope the teams get to do their prep because it could be an absolute classic.

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provided they contribute to Japan's success at next year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Japan Sports Agency and other sources said.

So rich of the host. My research in my home state of Florida regarding PCR testing is that it takes 3-5 days to get the lab results and they are basically emailed to you, so I have no idea how I can return home and satisfy the reentry restriction to get a PCR and result within 72 hours of departure.

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"provided they contribute to Japan's success at next year's Tokyo Olympics" Ahh, foreign athletes, striving with the LDP to build a better Japan. Might be better if they simply stayed away, given Japan's selective, subjective and arbitrary treatment of its foreign residents.

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I agree, expat. Let's see what happens when all non-Japanese boycott the Olympics. What is the sound of one hand clapping?

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can you elaborate on that for those of us who are not in the know?

I am surprised that anyone who posts here doesnt know about the Olympics.

Is this a serious question?

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It goes against the spirit of Olympics. Anyone should participate.

Segregation based on a country's help or not goes against.

It is like saying "are you with us or against us?" in a competition while giving a blow before the race !

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Fuzzy logic by the ruling block but these are the people that have allowed flights to continue to arrive from China right through the pandemic. Zero explanation about canceling fights to begin with. No clear directives. Some shoddy retarded website designed by a mentally challenged 2 year old.

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What a joke. Cancel the circus now!

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I agree, expat. Let's see what happens when all non-Japanese boycott the Olympics. What is the sound of one hand clapping?

About the same as a tree falling in the woods, right?

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Call me cynical, but everything the Japanese government does, there's always a hidden agenda or a catch. The latest conditions for foreign residents to come back are so difficult and troublesome, they're designed to turn people off from returning, but at the same time, Japan gets to show the world how generous they are in letting PRs back.

As for this latest news concerning athletes - yet again, so many conditions, it's designed to deter many athletes coming to the Olympics, but to let in just enough to get the Olympics on the road. The result? An increase in the chances of Japanese athletes winning medals, because they'll make up most of the athletes competing.

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And people with job offers and work visa (new entry) still can't enter Japan and risk their jobs... Are you kidding me?

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