Japan’s Small Tourism Test Allow 50 Foreign Travelers

Tom Cruise in Japan? Okay. Ordinary tourists in Japan? Not good.
This may not look like rapper Kanye West, actor Tom Cruise and the stars of Super Junior K-Pop have many similarities. But they did it in Japan: they are one of the new foreign entertainment parades entering the country in the middle of a closure of tight borders. It’s high appearance on the city has become a strong focus of differences in the slow reopening of Japan, since it determines which foreigners are considered safe and are still considered Covid responsibility.

Until now, certain business travelers, international students and foreign workers are accepted, but many relatives of foreign residents are not. The group tour continued this month, but not individual tourism. In May, the Consolidators of the United States and South Korea who were traveling in the business met with hundreds of fans to promote their work with access without restrictions. The same month, around 50 tourists enter the trial while monitoring in each movement.

But this week, Japan canceled one of the experimental tours after a Thailand traveler was positive for Coronavirus and exhibited the other three. This test is designed to prepare Japan to receive group tours from 98 countries from June 10. The positive test in the Thai travel group was not expected to change the reopening plan, said the secretary of the Hirokazu Cabinet Matsuno.

The constant restrictions of Japan for foreigners are not online not only with the seven main economy groups, but also in neighboring countries in the Asia and Pacific region that have continued completely free tourism in the middle of the case of the case Covid19.

The closure of the pandemic is still popular in the country, but the opponent has equated it with Japanese isolationist politics from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the 19th century. The company’s industrial executives and tourism in recent weeks have increased their public criticism, mentioning the reopening of Japan, which are too careful and harmful to the country’s economy and the global image of the country.

Om Prakash, president of the US Chamber of Commerce in Japan, said that the country’s blanket prohibition had “enforced real economic and human costs.” Then he said, “This establishes efforts to revive the economy, attract international students and promote Japan as an investment and tourism destination,” he said. “To begin the economy and restore the reputation of Japan as a friendly and open place, the government must move quickly to relieve the remaining restrictions of the entrance, let more tourists and let them enjoy this incredible country freely.”

The case of the Japanese Coronavirus has continued to decrease since the peak of this year of the OMICRON variant. On Tuesday, there were 2,362 new cases in Tokyo, a city of 14 million. With an infection decreasing, the government plans to launch measures to receive more foreigners, said Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday. Kishida said that certain airports will continue international flights, but does not determine when the steps will be applied. “The beginning of incoming tourism brings great meaning because you can feel the benefits of a weak,” he told reporters.

On Wednesday, Japan indicated that they would receive a short -term visa for more couples of family members and foreign populations in Japan, although the details were not clear. But many government officials remain attentive to completely reopening the country can cause a new outbreak of infection, although there are some doubts about the effectiveness of the border control steps to prevent the propagation of viruses. Local officials are concerned about foreign tourists “politely” who could not follow Japanese guidelines on the announcer and manual sanitation, Reuters report this week, citing people in the anonymous industry.

There are signs of accumulated tourism demand that would generate very necessary income amid the value of the fall of the YEN and the increase in inflation. Last week, Japan first headed the Travel and Tourism Development Index of the World Economic Forum, which qualifies the quality of the tourist infrastructure of a country.

However, these world -class comforts are largely used, and the expenditure related to the trips of foreigners collapsed from approximately $ 38 billion in 2019 by just under $ 1 billion in 2021, according to Nikkei Asia. “It’s very frustrating, to be honest,” said Keiko Tashiro, vice president of the second largest brokerage firm in Japan, Daiwa Securities, during a discussion panel in the World Economic Forum last week. “When I travel abroad, I see all economic activity in Europe and the United States, but Japan is still very closed.”

In April, a K-Pop group, twice, sold 150,000 concert seats in Japan, and others, seventeen years, sold 60,000 seats for fans meetings here, while actors Eddie Redmayne and Ansel Elgort attended the event Inaugural in this country. The Big Star -studded Music Festival in Japan will be held for this summer, with artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen and Megan Thoe Stallion.

In a new promotional event for his new movie “Top Gun: Maverick” in Tokyo, actor Tom Cruise finally celebrates entering the country. “It is very beautiful to return and be able to share this movie,” Cruise said. “We are very excited. This is emotional … Being here and returning here, after years.”

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