Après deux ans et demi de fermeture aux touristes, Tokyo autorise, à partir de ce vendredi, le retour de visiteurs dans des groupes pris en charge en permanence par des guides locaux. Il orchestre une reprise très progressive pour ne pas braquer une population toujours inquiète.
Étiqueté : Japon
Guides must accompany visitors ‘from entry to departure’
TOKYO — Japan is opening up to overseas tour groups from Friday, but under strict conditions: visitors must wear masks, buy insurance and be accompanied by a tour guide “from entry to departure.”
Japan further eased its border restrictions on Wednesday, allowing people arriving from 98 countries where coronavirus cases are low to be exempt from testing at airports and quarantine.
Le premier Ministre avait évoqué une réouverture «similaire aux autres pays du G7». Son gouvernement prévoit en réalité de maintenir fermées ses frontières au plus grand nombre, au moins jusqu’en septembre.
Government to secure testing capacity after entry cap is lifted to 20,000 per day
The plans under consideration include exempting those who have received a third dose of a coronavirus vaccine or tested negative in pre-departure testing. The infection rate in the country of origin will also be taken into account. Currently, all travelers arriving in Japan must undergo COVID-19 tests.
Wearing masks outdoors to protect against the coronavirus is not necessary providing social distancing is practiced, Japan’s top government spokesman said Wednesday, with the approach of summer increasing the risk of heatstroke.
– Ruling LDP’s Seko says border controls have lost significance
– Prime Minister Kishida has said opening must come gradually
Monday’s news that Japan detected its first case of the highly transmissible XE variant of the coronavirus adds another concern for the government, which is struggling to raise vaccination rates among young people as infection levels remain high nationwide and are surging in mostly rural prefectures.
Merely two months after the peak of the sixth wave, coronavirus infections are already rebounding in Japan, with experts again urging people to stay vigilant by getting vaccine booster shots, wearing masks and avoiding crowded places.
Tokyo pub owners both happy and cautious about what comes next
TOKYO — The Japanese government lifted coronavirus restrictions throughout the country on Monday, ending what were officially voluntary limits on business hours that had hit the dining industry hard.
Most foreign students waiting to study in Japan will likely be able to enter the country by the end of May, as a new priority entry program is set to begin amid softer COVID-19 border controls, the top Japanese government spokesman said Wednesday.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Thursday that he will raise the daily cap on arrivals from overseas to 7,000 starting March 14 and extend quasi-emergencies in 18 out of the 31 prefectures where the measure is currently in effect.
The sixth wave of the pandemic may have crested but the number of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization remains high, further straining Japan’s health care system and making it hard for some hospitals to continue offering other conventional medical services.
Without any legally enforceable lockdown measures, the watchful gaze of the public eye has kept the nation’s citizens in check
While medical terms used to simply be a category of vocabulary that only the most advanced Japanese-language students would learn, these days they are hard to avoid. Being able to identify such words and phrases in newspaper headlines or government reports can help you get a better understanding of what is going on with the pandemic.