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Japan to consider easing travel curbs for Tokyo Olympic athletes

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What about the foreign residents of Japan ? Still no progress for them for the reentry issue?

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it will be pure negligence to hold the Olympics before a credible vaccine is produced...

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Absolutely madness. What on earth are they thinking......oh cash and saving face. Neither of which trickles down to tax payers.

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This boring subject again.

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Its as if people are dying in the streets! Flatten the curve please! Amen!

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Welcome Olympic athletes, but permanent and long-term foreign residents of Japan still have discriminatory travel restrictions imposed on them.

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For the past several years, Japan has experienced severe natural disasters related to heavy rain, typhoons, flooding, and landslides. The JSDF and other emergency first responders had to be mobilized en masse to the affected areas. There is currently a front that is wreaking havoc in Japan now, so my question to the organizers is, how are you going to maintain security during a time of a pandemic, Olympics, and natural disasters? I don't think you have a plan because you'll be working with only limited resources, so unless there is a plan and it's clearly spelled out to the public, cancel the games.

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The Olympics are done. Let it go already. Who in their right mind would attend them?

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What about the foreign residents of Japan ? Still no progress for them for the reentry issue?

Welcome Olympic athletes, but permanent and long-term foreign residents of Japan still have discriminatory travel restrictions imposed on them.

the leaders here can be described as a clown car driving to the Benny hill theme

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What about the foreign residents of Japan ? Still no progress for them for the reentry issue?

Foreigners have been coming in. Not all of them, but some. Those with "extenuating circumstances".

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The governments clarification on the re-entry for foreign nationals doesn’t seem to have be heard or understood.... You are now able to leave and return.

But keep it quiet as they don’t want to encourage international travel at the moment.

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Are they worried about refunding the tickets already sold?

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@Mr. Kipling

The governments clarification on the re-entry for foreign nationals doesn’t seem to have be heard or understood.... You are now able to leave and return.

But keep it quiet as they don’t want to encourage international travel at the moment.

Not if you are an American! Or are you referring to military personnel and SOFA status because that is totally different.

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@ Mr Kipling

The governments clarification on the re-entry for foreign nationals doesn’t seem to have be heard or understood.... You are now able to leave and return.

I never saw that; do you have a link?

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Donno what percentage of expected participants (and spectators) will be from other countries but certainly hope the deciding committees consult with them before any decisions are made and not keep it an exclusive Japanese decision - that would spell disaster. These are extraordinary times that require extraordinary measures. Look at what UFC has done with Fight Island.

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This reeks of desperation, while I realie the topic needs to come up, they seem to have forgotten that there are 200+ countries that also have to coordinate travel restrictions on their OWN countries, factor in flights or lack of, especially from less fortunate nations...…………..I don't think its doable.

I expect just like when Canada informed they were pulling out for this summer, the same will happen again & sink the ship so to speak

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I expect just like when Canada informed they were pulling out for this summer, the same will happen again & sink the ship so to speak

Agreed, if it gets cancelled it will be because of gaikoku pressure..it will never come from Japanese side..too much pork at stake.

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@ Mr Kipling

The governments clarification on the re-entry for foreign nationals doesn’t seem to have be heard or understood.... You are now able to leave and return.

It'd be much appreciated if you could provide a source/link.

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Foreigners have been coming in. Not all of them, but some. Those with "extenuating circumstances".

And for those leaving after April 3, 2020? Are they getting back in?

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Here's some info, from about three weeks ago, about the current status of PR holders entry situation.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/06/13/national/re-entry-foreign-permanent-residents-coronavirus/

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Bugle Boy of Company BToday 08:25 am JST

What about the foreign residents of Japan ? Still no progress for them for the reentry issue?

Foreigners have been coming in. Not all of them, but some. Those with "extenuating circumstances".

Coming in or reentrying ?

Only a few are allowed to reentry, depending which time they left the country. Otherwise, "extenuating circumstances" is a case by case stuff, and if your embassy does not push behind, no guarantee to be allowed to reentry into the country,, taking the risk to loose everything. As a permanent resident, I am shocked by these restrictions who do not apply to the J-citizens

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Im not sure I understand this article, well. Easing travel curbs for athletes, meaning for the training this year ?

Is Japan still thinking to keep their border closed until the Olympics ?

Does that mean foreign residents won't be able to go back to their countries for until who knows ?

This article is a confusing to say the least.

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The governments clarification on the re-entry for foreign nationals doesn’t seem to have be heard or understood.... You are now able to leave and return.

I agree, but the misunderstanding appears to be on your side fella.

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The government needs to issue a clear commitment when foreign residents living in Japan will be free to travel again.

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Uselless, nobody or almost nobody will participate without a vaccine.

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It is disingenuous to say Japan is allowing foreign residents to come and go. If you leave Japan you can only return if your visit abroad was for ‘humanitarian’ reasons.

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If an athlete becomes infected with the virus their career will be over. Not worth the risk.

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Many sports people have been infected especially in the UK and US or do you not consider Football Players or Basketball Players to be athletes? Thats a little elitist of you.

The travel sitiation is at best confused. However I know people who have returned to Japan now AFTER the date that the country they have been in has been added to the list with a fairly simple phone call - There have been good reasons to return but not all of them éxtenuating'.

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Luddite. What is the rationale for not allowing permanent residents to go out of Japan and return, while it is allowed for citizens or those going for “humanitarian reasons”?

Respondents, please consider the meaning of “rationale”. Never mind accusations of “discrimination“ etc.. There must be some kind of stated rationale. And I can’t imagine what on earth that would be.

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There is no stated Rationale. Japenese Citizens (and special permanent residents) may come and go aas they please. With a PCR test on arrival etc.

ANYBODY else - Permanent Resident/Working Visa holder etc can leave but will be denied re-entry except on humanitarian grounds. Many of us are long term taxpayers here and have our lives here but family elsewhere.

Feel free to persue all the very long winded documents on the relevant webpages. You will not find a good reason why.

All other G7 countries let legal aliens return.

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The people who have become infected and put on ventilators have damaged lungs and reduced oxygen levels. All bad for an athlete.

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GOJ has gone insane! They failed protecting the people, believing a monetary stimulus aid along with masks will do, and now they intend to allow the gradual influx of global travelers, regardless of the status, as in this case athletes!

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This is so desperate

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Cancel now, cut the losses. Its absurd to think these games will take place next year.

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Coming in or reentrying ?

Only a few are allowed to reentry, depending which time they left the country. Otherwise, "extenuating circumstances" is a case by case stuff, and if your embassy does not push behind, no guarantee to be allowed to reentry into the country,, taking the risk to loose everything. As a permanent resident, I am shocked by these restrictions who do not apply to the J-citizens

Sorry, I meant reentering.

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Foreign residents keep out but 11,000 strangers to Japan come on in! (athletes maybe but still strangers)

I spoke with an advice hotline today re the immigration re-entry issue. Quite helpful. He warned me that when you depart, the immigration officer at Narita or wherever will make you sign a statement admitting there is no guarantee of re-entry, even if you have a death in the family etc.

You should gather evidence and have a very good reason for leaving but even then you are at the whim of whichever re-entry immigration officer you come across.

So the question is, what do they do if you actually arrive in Japan and they say no...??

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Absolute proof-positive that the ban has NOTHING to do with actual health or safety issues, and is purely at the moment based on race (at least in terms of criteria for allowing in, regardless of Japanese nationals coming home from abroad). It'll be safe for all, though, because Abe and Koike have kindly asked corona-sama to simply stay away for those two weeks around the Olympics, and then after it can rampage across the world (in Japan as little as possible, please, and thank you, excuse me).

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I spoke with an advice hotline today re the immigration re-entry issue. Quite helpful. He warned me that when you depart, the immigration officer at Narita or wherever will make you sign a statement admitting there is no guarantee of re-entry, even if you have a death in the family etc.

The above is my understanding from what I have read.

It basically means you are free to leave BUT there is absolutely NO guarantee you can return to Japan.....This is seriously messed up & the govt should bloody address it. As of present it means there is NO POLICY for those with PR, NONE!!!  And to make it even worse immigration staff etc also have no idea what to do should someone with PR return!!

FOR SHAME!!

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They decided to scale it down, which is sensible. Relax. There will be 2021 half-sized Olympics.

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@Lovecrafting

Im not sure I understand this article, well. Easing travel curbs for athletes, meaning for the training this year ?

Is Japan still thinking to keep their border closed until the Olympics ?

Does that mean foreign residents won't be able to go back to their countries for until who knows ?

This article is a confusing to say the least.

I agree... does the article mean that there will be no access to foreigners (be that for business or pleasure) until summer next year?

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