Quasi or full State of Emergency coming in a month. Some people laughed at me for suggesting they would do another one, but believe me, they will. They can't help themselves.
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I think it's unfortunate that the business owners reliant on foreign tourism are continuously misled into thinking their circumstances will improve.
I still assert the fact that Japan opening up one year ago before the Olympics would have still been too late to start this process.
To think they could have spurred their economy with tourism during a global event. Moreover the delta variant was both less deadly than the original variant and less contagious than the current ones. Did the Japanese government actually think healthy foreign travellers in their 20s-40s would actually be crowding hospitals or dropping dead on the street? What a joke.
0 ( +1 / -1 )
There has never been a mask mandate in the country, but more than two years of the pandemic has made mask-wearing the polite thing to do, even as heat-related illnesses are emerging as a concern as Japan readies for a boiling summer.
This is what we call voluntary eugenics!
-2 ( +7 / -9 )
They said it’s an amazing city but incredibly ugly and can’t compare to London, Paris or Rome.
What an absurd comparison. London, Paris, and Rome weren't firebombed into oblivion.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
Japan got next to nothing out of it except a bunch of venues that will rarely be used.
Just wait until you see all the other brilliant ways your tax dollars are spent.
-2 ( +1 / -3 )
With the current work culture, this is not a surprise.
Although the work culture situation in Japan is far from ideal (but still ultimately worlds better than countries like China), I believe it being a cause for declining marriage rates is exaggerated.
In many countries around the world, there are factors leading men to not get married. Because of the proliferation of divorce horror stories thanks to the internet, men are more skeptical of marriage than ever before, even leading to the MGTOW movement in Western countries.
Through mass media, the world closely witnessed the Depp v. Heard lawsuit on full display. There have been other major examples prior to this, and I think young men around the world are scared this sort of thing could happen to them as well.
0 ( +4 / -4 )
Excellent. The best thing that can happen is for this program to fail and collapse, because it will expose the reality that the government is essentially burning taxpayer money.
15 ( +38 / -23 )
And, if you're traveling to another country, you follow their rules. It's that simple. Don't inflict your cultural values on others. Not only is it rude on your part, but in this situation it can affect the lives of others.
Unsurprisingly, you ignored everything I said in my previous, and mechanically regurgitated the usual talking points like some kind of robot.
Wearing masks is NOT a rule. In recent weeks the government has been making that especially clear. It's only a rule for tourists because the people of your country irrationally fear them and hold them to different standards than everyone else.
As for me, a tax paying foreign resident, I will NOT wear a mask. You and the paranoid geezers can shoot me dirty looks on public transit, and even occasionally muster up the courage to ask me why I'm not wearing one, but it won't change the result. You will need to suck it up and learn to deal with it.
-3 ( +1 / -4 )
When in Rome applies when you have the choice to not go to Rome. Don't like it, don't go. Problem solved.
The problem with responses like yours is that it removes agency from the responsible party and instead shifts the blame to the victim.
My family cannot visit me in Japan. I am a foreign resident and a taxpayer. I have paid, and continue to pay, incredibly (likely excessively) high taxes to live in Japan, in spite of the wages being not so good. So I expect something in return for what I am giving them.
Instead what I am getting is a government position that caters toward the Covid-paranoid Ojiis and Obaas that AREN'T paying taxes, rather they are sucking up tax dollars. We got five ridiculous SoE/quasi SoEs that tried to prevent me from going out (but failed), a spectatorless Olympics, vaccine doses that nobody wants and are now being thrown out, Covid tracing/vaccine passport apps that nobody uses, and a draconian tour guide program nobody wants any part of it.
Why wasn't that money spent on improving the schools? Or improving the technological infrastructure? Building new hospitals/hiring doctors and surgeons?
Meanwhile Kyoto dries up financially because it's sole purpose is to basically entertain people from other countries that have money to spend. Beyond that, they don't produce or export anything.
So this response of "Don't like Japan don't go/leave" being spewn by the "Ganbare Nippon" crowd is not only inadequate from a policy perspective it is void of any intellectual value.
-3 ( +1 / -4 )
All Asian countries are filled with old dudes in high positions of power trying to kill all the fun and make people's lives miserable.
Islamic ministers in Malaysia condemning Bon Odori festivities.
Chinese party officials locking their cities down and forcing people to worship lame Communist ideals.
Korean Nationalists endlessly attacking Japanese people and boycotting goods because of early to mid-20th Century attroctities, while distracting from growing inceldom/hatred of women in their own country.
Japan killing it's own tourism industry by banning foreigners in order to please Covid-obsessed Ojis and Obaas.
There are pros and cons of extremely collectivist, conformist cultures that place a strong emphasis on group harmony and hierarchy. Recently though, I think we've been seeing more pros than cons.
-1 ( +3 / -4 )
Wearing a mask is not a big deal. Srsly.
Tone deaf response.
The Japanese government is literally telling one group (Japanese people) "Yeh, be sure to take off your masks outside so you don't die of heatstroke, oh and btw, taking it off inside is fine too as long as you aren't talking."
While telling another group (foreigners): "Wear a mask at all times. Be accompanied by a tour guide from when you enter the country to when you leave."
Obvious 外国人排斥 is obvious.
2 ( +13 / -11 )
I can understand this principle to some extent, but at the very least, can we streamline/expedite the path to permanent residency?
0 ( +1 / -1 )
Japan absolutely does NOT need to be focusing on microaggressions. Overly caring about things like microaggressions will only turn your country into one dominated by political correctness/wokeness/cancel culture. This is exactly what started to happen in the United States eight years ago and now it is unrecognizable from the country I grew up in.
Instead, Japan should ideally move to end discrimination and xenophobia. People should have access to jobs or housing on the basis of merits and good behavior, not ethnicity. That is an actual solution. Once that is taken care of, peoples' attitudes will change.
-2 ( +7 / -9 )
NO ONE CARES!!!
5 ( +16 / -11 )
This is how serious the Corona virus is.
No, this shows how serious Communism and tyrannical authoritarianism is.
The likelihood of them having died from Covid is equatable to my boss telling me he is going to double my pay. Not impossible but extremely unlikely.
2 ( +2 / -0 )
No more tour groups! No more travel bans! No more State of Emergencies! No more booster rollouts! No more masks!
End the error NOW
16 ( +26 / -10 )
Japan began offering fourth coronavirus vaccine shots Wednesday to older people, and those with underlying medical conditions.
An unnecessary and expensive process that will necessitate more money being printed. Pharmaceutical companies receive more money. You receive... higher food prices. Yay.
14 ( +27 / -13 )
Biden kneeled down to listen to her and told her that as a parent who has lost two children he understands her pain. “That really cheered me up,” said Yokota, whose husband died two years ago. “I asked the president for his support so that all of us can have our loved ones back."
Oh, I see. So his approach is the same abroad as it is domestically.
Engage in spewing empty platitudes and doing hollow gestures as a means to instill a false sense of hope and appear as a "healer", rather than telling people the cold hard truth. We all know Biden is going to do absolutely nothing and these abductees are never returning to Japan. Nor is it even a relevant point in the ongoing process of de-escalating tensions in east Asia.
For the Biden administration, it's all about "feel-good" posturing, all the time. But a political career (and party?) on life-support will only remain so for so long.
-6 ( +5 / -11 )
Looking out over the sprawling concrete mess that is Tokyo must be very depressing.
Do people EVER stop searching for something to needlessly complain about?
I for one find the cyberpunk neon aesthetic of Tokyo incredibly appealing. It was a big part of the reason I moved here. To get to the top of that tower and see nothing but an ocean of human architectural creation is impressive. People BUILT that "concrete mess" you're deriding - much of it over the course of less than a century after what was there before got bombed into oblivion.
Some people like to live in nature. That's fine. I like taking trains, and I have zero interest in driving thirty minutes to get to a supermarket.
Tokyo is a great city that not only excels at what it does, but also offers an incredibly unique experience.
Chicago, London, Paris - I have absolutely no use for such overrated urban nightmares.
-6 ( +6 / -12 )
Only place I wear a mask is at my job.
Unless someone's paying me to pretend to care about Covid, I'm not doing it.
5 ( +6 / -1 )
Youtube in Japan is over run by geinoujins and we need many young talented nobodies to come out a little more.
Yeh, generally Japanese YouTubers are nauseatingly bland and terrible. Almost all of them overuse the same two or three annoying sound effects, fonts, and transitions, creating this incredibly boring and inorganic style of presentation. Also, an excessive portion of the content consists of reaction videos, a trend that already became associated with cringe half a decade ago in the States.
In the anime Odd Taxi, they created a character that perfectly encapsulates this stereotype: Kabasawa, an overweight clout-chasing loser who gets in over his head.
I would definitely NOT be against watching Japanese YouTubers, but they need to make better content, because the current overwhelming majority of it is garbage.
0 ( +6 / -6 )
I know people who had to declare bankruptcy in their business because of their business depending on tourists to subsist.
Ganbare Nippon LMAO!
-14 ( +2 / -16 )
Are you a Japanese citizen? If not, please tell us what makes your opinion one that the Japanese should prioritize of their own citizens?
I did not state my opinion on what I think they should or shouldn't do. I'm telling you what they are going to do because it's a pattern of behavior.
That being said, I am also a taxpayer here. While not equivalent to citizenship, I have a stake in what the government does. And that means I am more than qualified to say whatever I please regarding their choices and/or actions.
I've noticed a bizarre reaction from the rabid Japan defenders here:
"If you don't like Japan's Covid policies, your opinion doesn't matter, so deal with it or LEAVE."
And to that I say: NO. I am going to continue to call out Japan's incompetency and hypocrisy on this matter. I want people who live here to feel humiliated/embarrassed at the thought of apologizing for/defending this country's Covid absurdity. Because that will make people think. And they will stop supporting terrible/dumb decisions that negatively affect people's lives.
Deal with it.
-5 ( +1 / -6 )
Here it comes, folks: Japan's new excuse to further postpone reopening the borders, put into place another State of Emergency, and initiate a 5th booster shot campaign. Like clockwork.
-7 ( +2 / -9 )
I have little confidence in this. Japan has shown time and time again that they will not follow through with normalization especially when they tell us they have a plan to open up "in stages".
Prior to the Olympics, it would have been reasonable to assume that Japan would open up to allow international visitors in during an INTERNATIONAL event (like that's the whole point LMAO), especially considering the recent release of the hyped up mRNA vaccines, which Japan was about to roll out in full speed. Then we got the gasp terrible Delta variant, which, although being potentially the least deadly major wave in the Covid era, lead to Japan keeping the borders closed, implementing a nearly year long State of Emergency and banning spectators from the games. And the foreigners arguing for the Olympics to be cancelled only ended up shooting themselves in the foot. Not only did it not cause the cases to spike, trying to ban the event only fueled the rise of Xenophobia and rabid Covid hysteria.
Then we get to November. After announcing students and business travelers would finally be allowed in under very strict conditions after a year and a half, it only took two weeks for Kishida to panic and reverse course just like his predecessor when Omicron hit. Not only that but they wasted billions of dollars on a vaccine passport app that effectively has no use.
So no. I refuse to believe that they will keep their word. Japan, although not instituting a full lockdown or vaccine mandate, has unfortunately become just another country dominated by Clownvid hysteria. There will always be another booster shot rollout. There will always be another state of emergency. There will always be another travel ban. These people literally can't help themselves.
-6 ( +6 / -12 )
They're not there to have fun, they're there to learn.
That being said... forcing uncomfortable face masks on them for eight hours a day, making them submit morning temperature checks/reprimanding them when they inevitably forget to, making them stand an arm's length apart, and limiting their lunch time conversations will just demoralize them.
Let's make this the year we end the error and toss out said rules for good.
1 ( +3 / -2 )
The government has agreed to purchase 150 million doses of the vaccine from the Japanese pharmaceutical company, which filed with the ministry for its approval in December.
Wow. Totally unnecessary, considering almost the entire population has gotten at least two shots. Yet they're buying enough doses for at least one person each plus more? How much is this going to cost the Japanese taxpayer? To what extent is the Japanese government going to print and spend money to pay for it, leading to more hyperinflation?
STOP ALL WASTEFUL COVID SPENDING IMMEDIATELY. The government should consider what constitutes an actual need and go from there. We don't need to buy more vaccines just for the sake of having another flavor of them.
I would argue you could spend this money just about anywhere else and it would be a better use of resources - new trains, new schools, fixing the pension system, what have you. But this is just fraud, plain and simple.
7 ( +14 / -7 )
The endless virtue signaling by Japanese people be it in regards to perma-masking or China or Russia is really getting old.
Every time Japan finds itself in the crosshairs due to its own blunders (for example, the endless and discriminatory travel ban), it finds a way to redirect people's attention onto something else and away from Japan's own problems.
-1 ( +8 / -9 )