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Posted in: Japan gets 120,400 foreign visitors in June, but only 252 tourists See in context

What is not mentioned was that when the borders opened to international tourists, there were barely any tours in place. Tour companies got little guidance from the Kishida government on what to do and how to manage tours. By the time they got that guidance, it was too late for numbers to rise in June. In addition, the time to get visas (a week in Australia) adds to the delay. No wonder that figure is low.

Now, look at the other figure that was mentioned:

A further 14,580 have applied to enter the country in July or later

Now the companies have got their act together, you are going to see that number of international tourists rise sharply.

I think problem isn't strict rules and testing, the problem is organized tours.

No one wants to come on organized tour we don't live in 60s or 70s.

You would be surprised- there are many people who don't want to travel without guides, and there are some so desperate to return to Japan they will go on these tours.

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Posted in: Inflation to nuclear power: What's at stake in Japan's election See in context

I note that opening the borders to foreign tourists is not one of the major issues of this election.

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Posted in: McGregor return to 'Star Wars' inspired by love for 'difficult' prequels See in context

@tokyoliving Tell us what you DO like!

I think this will be good.

Seconded. Recommend something for a change.

Thirded. Also applies to snowymountainhell.

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Posted in: 7 from U.S. arrive in Japan for 1st test tour before tourism reopening See in context

I enquired with my local JNTO about these tours- this was their reply:

The tours are actually for the travel industry (not general tourists) and they are being organised by travel agencies in Japan, appointed by JATA (Japan Association of Travel Agents.)

This suggests to me that only persons in the travel industry in the permitted countries will be able to avail themselves of these 'special tours'.

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Posted in: New ‘Doctor Who’ star is ‘Sex Education’ actor Ncuti Gatwa See in context

I'm not sure why Japan Today cares. Doctor Who is a very niche program in Japan, and barely registers among Japanese pop culture fans. Yes, you can buy DVD's at Tsutaya and other retail places, but I don't believe it was ever on air on Japanese TV.

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Posted in: Belarus president says he didn't expect Russia's Ukraine 'operation' to drag on so long See in context

A faux president with a faux view. Sends in the troops on the whiff of dissent.

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID border controls 'in stages' from June: Kishida See in context

Hopefully all foreign entries will be required to double vaxx and booster before entry.

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Posted in: What is something you long believed to be true that you found out isn't? See in context

I later discovered that [love] hurts, scars, wounds and marks any heart not tough or strong enough to take a lot of pain.

Love is good for anything that ails you,

Baby, there is nothing love can't do

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Posted in: Ultra-classy overnight bus gives you your own sleeping pod See in context

Did the Osaka to Tokyo run in this bus a couple of years ago- the bus was comfortable, enjoyable, and as the article states, saved me one night's accommodation.

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Posted in: New champion for title of longest-running manga ever, creator explains how he’s lasted this long See in context

You have to believe that, like Gosho Aoyama and Detective Conan, Takao Saito has already scripted and drawn Duke Togo's final story. And after decades of evading police forces, army troops, mobsters and terrorists, and taking out (probably literally) hundreds of targets, the way Togo-san will leave this world is when, in a moment of distraction while at home and after a job, he crosses the road and doesn't see the truck that ends his life.

And when he wakes up, he'll find himself not in hell, or in the afterlife, but in a leafy glen. As he sits up, he is aware of a golden woman hovering beside him. He looks at her. "Oh, you're finally awake. I'm afraid that your soul was taken accidentally, so as a recompense you have been resurrected in an isekai world..."

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Posted in: Latino actress Zegler cast as Snow White in Disney adaptation See in context

It looks like people's concerns here is "skin-deep".

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Posted in: Canine support See in context

The Olympics has gone to the dogs? Or is it in the doghouse?

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Posted in: Have you thought about going overseas to get vaccinated for the coronavirus and then coming back to Japan? See in context

I have a friend planning to do that in June- fly back to the US, visit family and friends, get the jab, then back to Japan.

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Posted in: Rock of art See in context

I could think of so many better things to be in that space; at the top of my list would be a bench, a tree, a patch of grass, and a flowerbed. And the bottom of my list would be a concrete donut.

The irony is that if the photographer turned around and sees what the artist can see, they would see:

. a lawn;

. trees;

. benches;

all in front of the Museum for Contemporary Art.

No flower beds, but there are plenty of those in the CBD.

https://www.timeout.com/sydney/museums/museum-of-contemporary-art-mca

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