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Posted in: Tokyo reports 124 COVID-19 cases Friday; 70% in their 20s and 30s See in context

Is it possible for the government to temporarily shutdown the clubs and bars where so many of the infections are originating in ?

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

@RickyKaminski13 WHERE ARE YOU FROM ???

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Posted in: Japan's crowded trains spark fear of new coronavirus cases See in context

One big difference between packed trains and live houses is the fact that people on trains almost always wear masks and rarely talk versus clubs and live events where everyone is celebrating and even shouting without masks.

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Posted in: To slurp or not to slurp: Tourists’ reactions spark online debate on noodle manners See in context

The main reason for slurping soup noodles is to catch and taste the broth which is an important ingredient. It’s not the same without “slurping”the noodles along with the soup.

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Posted in: Japan sees 1st drop in visitors in over 5 years in Sept See in context

As in the previous comments, they point to a unique situation in Japan. DIVERSITY. It wasn't long ago that Japan didn't have the tourism that it enjoys now. Japan offers as much in attractions as other countries with decades of expansive tourism, such as in Western Europe, the U.S., China and even Mexico. There's many points of discussion including language, the high yen, traveling distance, etc., but until recently Japan didn't go after the tourist business and there wasn't much of an infrastruture for foreign tourism. It wasn't until the economic downturn a decade ago that Japan realized how tourism can benefit the economy. The diversity issue comes into play because Japan, was never open to foreigners until recent labor shortages have forced them to open their country to foreign labor. The new influx of foreign tourists and foreign employees is something new and Japan is seeing an adjustment period in accepting so many new faces and languages into their everyday lives. Time will tell how long that adjustment phase will be and the 2020 Olympics will certainly reveal how open Japan intends to be in the future.

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