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Posted in: Kishida says Japan will ease COVID border controls from Oct 11 See in context

Hallelujah! Ready for November! :)

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Posted in: Japan has disappointed many people who love Japan and have a potential to like Japan. The border closure not only made many tourists who had plans to visit Japan upset, but it also will make them more cautious of Japan at least for the next few years. See in context

The sadness of it all is that citizens of Japan are welcome to visit most countries in the world, but do not allow others into their own. Many tourists have been stuck with expensive airline tickets that has been changed so many times that they end up worthless. We have all suffered during the lockdown, now is time to go back to normal and accept that covid will always be there, like the seasonal influenza. Japan has to welcome us like we do with them. There is no longer any excuse to keep tourists out. I expect Japan to open up in a couple of weeks.

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Posted in: Japan to remove entry cap in 'not-so-distant future,' official says See in context

Ready to go! :)

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Posted in: Over 100,000 foreign visitors came to Japan in July for 4th month in row See in context

I live in a smaller city in Norway with a population of 35 000 people. The city has received 400 000 cruise passengers since April 2022. And Japan has received nearly nothing compared. It is time to open borders in Japan and come back to some normality.

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Posted in: Japan's summer holidays in full swing with lack of COVID restrictions See in context

Is there any truth to the fact that Japanese can travel abroad freely while the rest of us tourist wanting to travel to Japan is not allowed? If so, thats crazy!

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Posted in: Zsa Zsa Gabor museum opens in Budapest See in context

All though not a great actress Zsa Zsa was a great personality during the end of the Hollywood studio era. Mostly remembered for her roles in John Houstons «Moulin Rouge» (1952), «Lili» (1953), Orson Welles «Touch of Evil» (1958) and the infamous guilty pleasure sci-fi movie «Queen of outer space» (1958). Gabor was a popular guest star on many talk shows for decades, both in Europe and The US. She was proud of her Hungarian heritage and I feel sure her small museum will be an interesting addition to the large studio facility it will be part of.

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Posted in: Japan to trial small group tours from 4 countries See in context


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Posted in: Samuel L Jackson receives honorary Oscar See in context

Excellent actors! Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann was born in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Japan extends entry ban on non-resident foreigners until end of February: Kishida See in context

It is now time for Japan to open up for people that are vaccinated with third boost, tested before arrival and tested upon arrival. It is redicilous in the long run to lock out the world for those who follow the rules and vaccinates and have covid passport. Come on, rewards to those who follow all the rules. In the long run Japan will never avoid getting new cases of covid by not allowing entry, it is only porsponing and extending the problem. In my opinion.

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Posted in: Kishida taking no chances as Japan closes border over Omicron See in context

First we take first shot covid vaccination, then second, then third. We are tested before travel, after travel….still is not enough and borders are closed. Perhaps Japan should pay all the airlines so we that have tickets to Japan can be refunded for not ever being able to enter the country. Because airlines make us move the tickets for new dates, two years of that now. And in Europe we have been plenty liberal to make people that are fully vaccinated enter after testing.

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Posted in: Mel Brooks plans sequel to 'History of the World, Part 1' See in context

That will be great fun. Go do it Mel Brooks! :)

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Posted in: Jane Fonda to receive Golden Globes' Cecil B DeMille Award See in context

Congratulation to Jane Fonda. Great actress and humanitarian.

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Posted in: Japan finds new coronavirus variant in travelers from Brazil See in context

Unfortunately it is the same situation in many countries. They allow people to enter from all over the world, for various reasons, workers, students, family, etc. Many bring virus with them, mostly unknowingly, I hope. During the Christmas holiday it has caused major rise in infected corona numbers and the vaccine is very slowly moving forward. The authorities have been too liberal and many people do not sense the seriousness of the situation. So here we are, after 10 months of dealing with corona, worse off. It does not make much sense after all the effort, that we are doing worse. No Wonder many feel tired after working so hard with little result.

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Posted in: Hundreds of Japanese adherents of QAnon contesting Trump's election defeat See in context

First thought this article was a joke! Incredible that there are people living in such naive state of mind. Madness is the only excuse, unfortunately.

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Posted in: Japan’s new life-size moving Gundam statue unveiled in full dramatic glory See in context

Looks like fun! Kaiju, robots, anime, Manga and other sci-fi related entertainment has been a great Japanese export adventure all over the world. Adored and loved by millions, attracting large amounts of young tourists curious to visit Japan. So anyone negative to this fun adventure needs to take a hike. Will visit on my next journey to Yokohama!

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Posted in: Trump says he will leave White House if Biden wins Electoral College vote See in context

Just leave The White House so the world can become a better place to live. Sooner the better!

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Posted in: Change of tune: Japanese music fans moving from CDs to streaming services See in context

Japan has an incredible amount selection of music on cd’s and vinyl. It is pure pleasure to visit Tower Records in Shibuya and all the other music store. Japan marked has many special editions of albums from artists all over the world, not found in the west. Me and thousands of others love to buy music in Japan, simply one of the best places to travel. Thumbs up and hoping to be back soon in Tokyo music hunting.

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Posted in: How can you tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19? See in context

Hopefully, if people continue to be careful, wash hands, keep distance and do What they can, we will have less flu and covid. We can hope!

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Posted in: School for Takarazuka Revue trainees abolishes harassment-like rules See in context

I must admit, after visiting the Takarazuka theatre in Tokyo several times, that it left me with an eerie and strange feeling. Like going to ceremony of rituals, like a cult. So reading what I see here those not surprise me. Very talented performers, but it does seem to be a theatre of the past, repeating itself with the same formula year after year even if the world is changing. But then again people need escape from an hectic world. There are plenty of great entertainment in Tokyo to choose from.

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Posted in: Grounded Japanese try virtual overseas holidays See in context

Well! Why not? Never tried it, but could be fun once. Always amazes me What people come up with to make money. :)

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Posted in: Anti-mask group in Tokyo slammed for 'cluster festival' See in context

There is no excuse! Pardon my expression: selfish idiots!

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Posted in: A-bomb survivor keeps up fight for nuclear disarmament See in context

His story is a direct link to our past which we should learn from. Unfortunately our downfall is that we do not learn from previous mistakes and therefore let history repeat itself. Hopefully new generations will fight for a more peaceful and non nuclear planet. We can hope!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 237 new cases of coronavirus See in context

Important that there will be no laid-back attitudes towards the corona virus. It will not disappear by itself. We all know How fast this virus spreads if it is allowed to roam freely. I have always been impressed by Japan for years for wearing face masks during the flue season and most are doing so now. But somethings gotta give in these times and the willingness to do so important, for now, Even if it robs of a little freedom now. An investment for the near future. If not, we will have an endless situation. And the government should take on the responsebility by being honest and open with the public. Only then can we work together in the effort to make things better.

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