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Posted in: Sea of sunflowers See in context

Tamanegi, I thought the same thing!

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Posted in: Japan reports 206,495 coronavirus cases; 26,313 in Tokyo See in context

How many of Japan’s covid “hospitalizations” are just hypochondriacs with the sniffles and an incidental positive test result?

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Posted in: 77 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is time to proliferate peace See in context

How many non-Japanese lives did the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki save?

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Posted in: Japan walks tightrope between no COVID restrictions, hospital strain See in context

“No restrictions,” says the only country in the world banning foreign tourists while its own citizens are free to come and go.

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Posted in: The pandemic made all Kyoto’s strengths into weaknesses: culture, tourism and universities. Many citizens welcome the return of foreign visitors as the virus dies down. See in context

@jack Your question is irrelevant, since no other civilized country is still banning foreign tourists while allowing its own citizens to move freely.

Let’s pose it another way. What would people have to say if the US, EU or UK maintained Japan-style border settings?

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Posted in: The pandemic made all Kyoto’s strengths into weaknesses: culture, tourism and universities. Many citizens welcome the return of foreign visitors as the virus dies down. See in context

@jack Pretty rich for a foreign resident (aka long-stay tourist) like you to say that

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Posted in: Japan reports record daily high 110,675 new coronavirus cases See in context

I find it funny that some of the more hysterical posters here are urging strengthening of border restrictions. Japan will soon have the highest rate of covid cases in the world! If anything, there should be outbound travel restrictions to prevent Japanese from infecting the world.

And at the end of the day, the BA5 variant was brought in by Japanese people who are not subject to the bans you want put back in place. Japanese people brought in all the earlier variants, too, and will bring in future ones, whether or not foreign tourists are allowed to come back without booking monitor tours.

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Posted in: Japan reports 94,493 coronavirus cases See in context

Japan, in spite of maintaining the world’s most draconian border controls outside of China, is logging nearly the most covid cases of any country in the world. A sane country would accept the failure of these controls and normalize entry policies.

But not Kishida’s Japan.

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Posted in: As COVID fears ebb, Japan readies for more tourists from abroad See in context

@Thunderbird2 JNTO, which is a private organization, doesn't know anything one way or another. They get their information at the same time all of us do.

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Posted in: As COVID fears ebb, Japan readies for more tourists from abroad See in context

Not "opening up 100%"

lol, Japan is not even open 1% of what it was before COVID

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Posted in: As COVID fears ebb, Japan readies for more tourists from abroad See in context

@BigYen I understand feeling cynical, but what makes you think Japan will remain closed to normal tourists until next spring (7-8 months away)? Once the election passes, I'm not sure what reason there will be to continue restricting entry to monitor tourists.

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