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Posted in: Gov't confirms it will start accepting some foreign tourists in June See in context


Please see this,m my understanding for travel back to the UK is nothing is required

The UK stopped being hostage to non vaccinators and the medical advice they received was the same as 5 other is the G7, it would appear 1 medical body does not like foreigners....

@thomas Goodtime, well said, Japanese people have some immunity that they cannot catch covid abroad they can only catch it in Japan, from a non Japanese after 8pm......whichever bucknut thought of that policy should be condemed.

I wonder how many have booked a group travel slot since the announcement, maybe no more than 10, despite the arrogance of this country, others dont wait for PM Ditherishida to make announcements and plan a holiday in advance.....

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Posted in: Gov't confirms it will start accepting some foreign tourists in June See in context

Calm down....

Look at the article, firstly, it will be tour groups on a pre-set itinerary, from that they will do an assessment, then decide over the coming MONTHS.

This is not going to happen quickly, Prime Minister Dither will seek the medical advice that appears to differ from the outside world, they will then make an announcement as to the future.

Seriously, who is going to book a flight when last year Dither closed the border 2 weeks after opening it, would you?

They have set back tourism more then 20 years, without a huge package of support to foreign people, this will not meet the 2030 target, the long term economic strategy of Japan is failing, rising prices, poor rate of Yen, lack of investment, lack of inbound tourism has created a paria state that the outside world could only hope to impose on Russia.

So to the doom mongers in Japan....smell the coffe....your lifestyle will have to change, because its what you wanted.

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Posted in: Japan should ease COVID border controls for foreigners: panel members See in context

Too little too late is the cry I hear, People have already booked their summer holiday destination and therefore Japan will not be on the list. People will require assurances, that if they book they will be allowed in, and the border will not be closed, once again, at a minute's notice.

People have already lost thousands of pounds because of the crazy vouchers game that the airlines have been operating, they will not be prepared to lose such a figure once again.

Everyone should remember that not a single politician has suffered during this crisis They have been allowed to travel to meet to do whatever they like throughout. It is only the people who have suffered.

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Posted in: Hayashi concerned about human rights abuses against Russians in Japan See in context

This is hilarious, a member of the government telling people not to discriminate because of factors that have taken place over the last 7 weeks.

Perhaps he will explain what has been happening for many years, the discrimination shown to all foreign people, by the government, the police and society in general.....he should remember that for 2 years he is part of a government that has not allowed foreigners to come to Japan as it is them who bring the nasty viruses...

Laugh....I almost did my pants

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Posted in: Tokyo stock market revamped in hope of attracting foreign investors See in context

We now live in a world where people have to look beyond just the company name, to things like how they treat the staff, how many females are in senior management positions, its family friendly polices, dispute resolution, equality of opportunity no matter colour or creed, to name a few. On almost every point, Japanese companies fail by a disturbingly high degree. Additionally, amongst the G7 Japan is the least welcoming, and despises foreigners in every form.

The ridiculousness of border control is beyond comprehension and fears abound that altough it is ajar now, it can be firmly slammed shut at a moments notice. Japan is now reaping what it has sown over the last few years, and still it dithers. Leadership and strategy is non existent, management is knee jerk depending on populist thinking, I fail to understand why, without an effective opposition this ruling party could have introduced radical reform and change for two decades without any real possibility of being deselected. Old men are risk averse, old men do not like reform, it's time for a younger generation of both women and men to change the country before it sinks.

In summary, what is attractive about Japan that would encourage a foreign investor?

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Posted in: Why some women are traveling to South Korea to find boyfriends See in context

Tando, I can think of one, J---n.....its below Kuwait in the gender equality table, it seems that men try to replace their mother with a wife, it is no wonder the birth rate is down, no wonder that Japanese women do not want to marry and prefer to live alone, and no wonder they look beyond Japanese shores for someone who will love, respect and treat them as an equal.

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Posted in: UK to end all COVID-19 travel rules ahead of Easter break See in context

Wow, was it the UK who had a full lockdown, closed the pubs and cafes etc so the virus could not spread at all, realised the virus did not come out at night and was only attracted to alcohol, the country that bought vaccines, vaccinated the population, didnt give away vaccines until they were protected, the country where the politicians stood in line and didnt protect themselves first, the country had a plan, published months in advance that told its people how it intended to move on from the virus, reviewing it every month, the country that protected its workers, brought in testing, the same country whose economy is now growing?

And now they have decided to return to normal...amazing

So i agree Luddite, its utter maddnes, they should copy Japan, be clueless, take an opinion poll, make rash decisions with no warning, ban the entire world from entering the country, be overwhelmed when allowing only Japanese to enter, have no hospital places available even though the variant is much milder....madness.

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Posted in: Japan eyes lifting COVID quasi-emergency next week as infections fall See in context

A new variant is growing in those distant prepared for (partial) quasi emergency 6, or is it 7, then again perhaps 8.....anyway, another quasi emergency. Definition of quasi....apparently but not really, seemingly or almost.....

In summary, they can't even decide if it is an emergency....and after so many attempts, you would expect them to know....apparently...but not really.

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Posted in: Japan eyes entry of most foreign students on waiting list by end of May See in context

If its by the end of May and the courses start in could be suggested that many will miss the start of the course. I wonder if anyone told the government that this plan won't achieve what they hope it will

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan to relax COVID border controls, give priority entry to students See in context

A master strategy, he has approved another 2000, however they can only arrive midweek when the carriers have empty seats!! And wait for it.....drum roll..........ANA and JAL have stopped flying to europe...however its a nice move to support the airlines in a quiet time as he has done with the hotels.

It would be better if he followed the science, the omicron variant is not a threat to life, although it is accepted more people need medical support due to infection rate, however it is short term.

This government has had 2 years to resolve the medical issues and have failed.

They have even created a scenario, that many choose to believe, that it is non japanese who spread the virus. If it was satire, no one would would find it funny. If Kishida wants to be taken serious on the international stage (all Japanese Prime Ministers seek this), then he should stop being led by a drive for popularity.

Non vaccinated people are the problem, no matter colour or creed, vaccinated people are problem free, the students that they have decided to allow in the country are the age group that has shown the greatest relutance to be vaccinated, so, even if they are free of the virus on arrival, they are most likely to catch or transmit it.

The next omicron variant is beginning to gather pace, therefore, Kishida should be clear about the future policy on border control in the inevitable event that it reaches Japan....especially when only non Japanese can carry it.

If they were in charge of an organisation, would such incompetence be tolerated?

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Posted in: Amid an increase in corporate firings, warning signs that you may be next See in context

Its simple, companies became greedy, they wanted to maximise profit, already the worker was doing ridiculous hours, but felt rewarded because of the salary, a move towards a bonus based system, lower salary, high bonus was the way. Then the percentages were lowered, the worker was trapped, a mortgage and expected standard of living, all the while those at the top reaped an ever increasing profit.

The suicide rate due to overwork is shocking, more die from that, than Covid and even indiscriminate bombing in the Ukraine, the Japanese Government turns a blind eye to the shocking conditions that people endure, and I suggest a signifficant reason as to why they are reluctant to have people from Western economies.

They rely on loyalty, but also take advantage, it is time for lawyers to stop sitting on their golden thumbs and address all of these inequalities in the workplace. Take the abusers to court, have the cases highlighted in the international arena, then and only then will things change.

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Posted in: Webinar: How to find an English teaching job in Japan as a foreigner See in context

They missed off three important factors.... salary, working hours and paid holidays.

When such things are missing, usually the job is low paid, long hours and few holidays....

And maybe they forgot, but with returning nationals and students, the queue to get in is getting longer.

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Posted in: Japan's top business lobby calls for border controls to be eased more See in context

Look and admire.....

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Posted in: Japan's top business lobby calls for border controls to be eased more See in context


As has already been mentioned, international tourism equates to 2% and domestic tourism 98% by definition, so the problem appears to be over tourism by other Japanese people ruining the lives of locals?

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Posted in: Japan's top business lobby calls for border controls to be eased more See in context


You could make a reservation before, you just had to make it before the Chinese people made one.

As for Japanese products, they are being outsourced to other places such as China, as a byproduct of globalization people look for cheapness rather than quality, which is why the Japanese bubble burst many years ago salaries have become stagnant, working I was increased, and eficiency has fallen. Abe had foresight to see that the economy needed supporting in other ways and moved towards tourism, pushing for the rugby world cup, Olympics and expo.

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Posted in: Japan's top business lobby calls for border controls to be eased more See in context

Surely Kishida is now embarrassed. In the United Kingdom, they have a 95-year-old woman who is continuing to work even though she has Omicron, she has said she will only do light work but nonetheless, she is working.

If she is not scared of Omicron then no one should be.

Zoroto, Those tourists contribute to your infrastructure, a country where the population is in rapid decline needs money from somewhere in order to maintain the standards that you have become accustomed to. Japan's own business lobby is speaking out on this, the people who comment, foreigners or not, have the right to make comments as they choose. Whatever your gripe is with non-Japanese, you should remember that they contribute, when working in Japan as much as any Japanese person. As for the tourists they only give money they take nothing.

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Posted in: Japan to cut 7-day quarantine period for those entering country to 3 days See in context

Does this set of politicians think that everyone is as stupid as they are? They make an announcement that they are allowing more people into the country this equates to 50 people each day. It also calculates to 150,000 students who say they cannot enter Japan because of the restrictions. in turn those who I wanted to enter Japan to see family will have to wait even longer.

It should also be questioned as to why there is a quarantine period at all if people are fully vaccinated, The three days they speak about holds no weight in the medical field, it is a figure that is plucked out of the air of some ridiculous politician in Japan.

As Japan is now one of the worst countries in the world for omicron you have to wonder what they have to fear.

It is nothing new prime minister that is needed in Japan but a whole new structure of government. What is in place now not only fails the people it fails the country also. It would be beneficial to them if they were to peer on national television and apologise to everyone within the country for the failure that they have overseen with regard to this virus. They have destroyed families destroyed careers and destroyed business in some ridiculous hope that the virus would not enter Japan.

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Posted in: COVID-19 entry ban could deter interest in Japan: UK scholars See in context

The wide issues that also need to be considered within the context of the pandemic, it tells non-Japanese people that they are second rate people in Japanese society, whenever there is an issue they will be cast aside, They will be blamed and they will be excluded.

It is time for Japan to open its eyes, I do open them wide that the xenophobic and racist attitude that is so apparent in all levels of society must end and must end now. Personally, I am pleased that people are now seeing Japan for what it is, only in the hope that Japan will change its attitude and the way that it treats foreign people. I do not refer to only white people, but also the people of colour. However, when consideration is given to the way that you treat women in your society it is no wonder that you see other people in the way that you do. It is deplorable that countries such as Kuwait a deemed to treat females more equally than Japan does. The next time you bow your heads it should be in shame.

If you want to be a part of the modern world then you have to fully commit to equality. If you want to commit to equality then it will take a significant shift in the attitude of your politicians and your managers within society.

Without question, Japan is a beautiful and wonderful country Only ruined by the attitude of those who organise society.

So you should tell your country that is not foreign people who brought Omicron to your shores but it was the returning Japanese, your kindred folk.

After two years omicron is now rampant within Japan and it is your attitude that has created this situation, How do you vaccinated and boosted instead of making excuses then this situation should never have occurred.

Now you look for the way out of this situation, a way to save face, so be honest, stand up and tell the truth, you got it wrong and that the isolation policy that you thought would keep the virus out has failed.

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Posted in: Gov't under pressure to again declare COVID state of emergency in Tokyo See in context

What a shambles Japanese governments continue to be, with a head in the sand attitude, and an approach that baffles science and the world, once again you come unstuck.

Two years after completely shutting off to the world so the nasty virus could not enter the country, it is, as everyone forecast rife, probably much worse than is being reported.

In two years, the government has done nothing, late with vaccinations, late with booster and a failure to increase hospital capacity.

However, the omicron varient is a one month wonder, look at Europe, it comes and it goes, the UK did not lock down before Christmas and the daily rate is falling, now that it is spreading rapidly the goverment are worried about popularity.....not about the people and are considering a shutdown again, the same shutdowns that did not work previously and wont work again as omicron will begin to wane very soon.

At the same time you reduce quarantine to 10 days, despite the WHO telling you this is a ridiculous time period, and for those double jabbed, with a booster its not required.

I sense yet another election.....this time go for someone younger who can make decisions....or even dare I say it, a woman, yes a woman who can lead and change your racist, stuck in the past society and attitudes....not sure what the men are so frightend of....

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Posted in: Japan must co-exist with virus while achieving growth, says minister See in context

I am completely dumbstruck by the lack of foresight in this country, Their is no planning at any level of politics and management, it is like a ship losely anchored at sea, it moves, as it drifts, but it is without navigation or a destination. The Captain is a blind old man who cannot see through the morning haze. Japan has done its best, supported by its racist and anti non Japanese policies to alienate the world, like a selfish spoilt child it wants to have the freedom of travel but refuses to accept a recipricol agreement. Non Japanese will be making plans for holidays, if not already made, so 2022 will be another year without international tourism regardless of the border situation. As for living with the virus, it would seem that when you closed the border, you also refused to accept the science, with every country shortening the isolation to 5 days, Japan now insists on 10, realistically, who is going to take a holiday and have 10 days in a rooom, your heads are at the top of Fuji. Kishida is complaining he cant make an impact on the international stage, perhaps he should realise that he has isolated himself. As you have no real political opposition, these bucknuts will continue to run the country down, allowing selfish people who refuse the vaccination to hold the country to ransom, open the border and see the queues for the booster then.

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Posted in: Former Princess Mako says marriage was a 'necessary choice' See in context

This should not be about them, but the rs hole who dated his mother, knowing she had a child, entered a relationship then when it went wrong asked for his money back......what sort of person does that?

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Posted in: England simplifies COVID-19 travel rules See in context

Japan is in danger of losing all foreign tourism, people want to take a holiday, Japan has had a great advertising campaign with the Olympics and should now capitalise, but because old men run the country, nothing happens, the economy will fall, people will go elsewhere, shops will close, debt will increase, the system will become overburdened, then people will ask where did it go wrong.

The world, including Japan has to live with COVID, right now, its only Japanese residents who are spreading COVID, the fears held over Olympic participation have been proven to be wrong, for goodness sake, open the border, let people arrive and let life start again.

Already the bars are ignoring the government, this is the start of social collapse....Japanese style.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges huge COVID relief package if he wins LDP leadership vote See in context

Please.....someone tech him powerpoint

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Posted in: Illegal amounts of overtime going on at 37% of Japanese companies in government inspections See in context

I have commented previously about this situation.

More people die from overwork than COVID, the government can do something, they choose not to.

Japanese are not any more hard working than other countries, they spend inefficient time at the workplace. It is well known (and proven by Microsoft in Tokyo) that after around 8 hours people make more mistakes, leading to ever increasing inefficiency. Microsoft demonstrated that efficiency increased by 40% when working hours were restricted.

The culture is more about staying at the office longer as a means of pleasing the manager or employer, custom dictates that if you are the first to leave then you apologise. Shameful beyond belief.

The effect of long hours on the individual and their extended family is immeasurable, the increase in demands at home, domestic violence, lack of affection all affect the wider social problems that Japan faces.

Go to a cemetry, take a photograph of the tomb that has the inscription, this stone is dedicated to this person by xy12345 inc. because they worked 14 hours a day......then you understand, you are a commodity.

As the companies are owned by investors, you are simply slaves in an environment that makes the rice, richer.

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Posted in: What it’s like to apply for and receive a vaccine passport in Japan for travel abroad See in context

Well said jpn-guy.

The vaccination programme is a joke, but the captains of government got to the front of the queue, when they turned up to vaccinated the Diet, people had to confess they had the vaccine earlier.

The whole situation is an embarrassment, those in power have not been affected while leaving millions to suffer.

A delayed election in the hope that the stalled programme can recover.

Its amazing, 30,000 people each year or 85 each day die from overwork, millions are suffering stress, leading to death or self harm, will the government do more to support them? This is not a one off but year on year.

So more people die from overwork than covid.....and nothing is done.

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Posted in: Suga planning visits to India, Philippines to counter China's growing clout See in context

Like Abe before him, he wants to run with the foxes and hunt with the hares, Japan should start by condeming China for abusing human rights, condem Mynamar for the same, but you sit on the fence, frightened to upset either country, it is shameful.

The west can see that China is closing in on your north and south islands, your knees shake and you applaud western nations for sending warships to show solidarity, but you still refuse to condem them, when they have taken Hokaido and Okinawa, maybe then you will make a noise of a lion rather than the kitten

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