Japan? Japan!

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    Although the number of infection cases is still very low, compared with China, the spike does not look good.

    Also, just reported from the cruise ship harbored in Yokohama:

    Two coronavirus-infected passengers die
     
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    Yeah that's skewed because of the ship... You gotta take out those cases.
     
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    Nope separate from the ship, it's up to 621 cases: https://this.kiji.is/602800262502958177
    Japan is up to 85 cases.. but was 29 a week ago.
     
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    It is, because the new cases, although still low in number, are now reported from all over Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa.
     
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    What did Japan think would happen if they kept allowing Mainland Chinese tourists in duriing the current crisis?

    Again dollars over health & safety?

    Some 53 countries have some sort of travel ban with Chinese tourists due to this crisis & yet Japan who receives the most Chinese tourists ..nada!

    Of the 2.5Million tourists visiting Japan, China leads the way with over 710,000. (as at nov2019).

    https://www.tourism.jp/en/tourism-database/stats/inbound/
     
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    Still very much contemplating moving to Japan, virus or not doesn't matter because it will infect Australia as well.
    My partner is from Yokohama and as much as I like that area I'm pretty keen to spend some time in Hokkaido or even Okinawa although I am sick of the heat.

    She's almost done with Aussie visa so time for me to go there and work on a Japanese one. Very much love the country, more so than my own.
     
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    Nobody took or takes "dollars over health & safety".

    It is far more complicated than you might think. Japan depends economically on China like on no other other country, for both import and export. In addition you have political considerations - for the well known reasons. And you have millions of Chinese living in Japan, either as naturalized citizens, or as permanent resident.

    For weeks now, Japan has been banning entry from 2 Chinese province, Wuhan and Hubei. But no one, not a single voice, does suggest that Japan bans travel from or to China as such. The virus is anyway "global".
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    You can move there and become best of buddies with the OP :D

    I'm sure he will help you integrate into Japanese society and culture :cool:
     
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    Same has Japan - for weeks now.

    What has this to do with anything?

    True, the virus will soon be everywhere. But I think, travelling in particular in East Asia and SEA is not a good idea for the next couple of weeks, or maybe months. Airports and public transportation in general might be something to avoid as much as possible.
     
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    This will always be the case in Japan. We saw it with the Fukushima disaster and the Government won't come clean with the amount of damage the disaster caused and how widespread over Japan it is.
     
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    I love living in SE Asia. Little lady and I were just talking about how we missed the food in Japan. About $150 later, a weekend trip to Osaka is booked! Now just hope for this virus thing to go away in the next 4 months..

    Every Government ever.

    If I could do it all again, Japan would probably be my pick of places to live in Asia. Thailand probably my pick for SE Asia.

    Z...
     
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    The question is whether right now is a good time. We cancelled all business trips to and from Japan until further notice.

    Indeed. Considering the bush fire disaster in Australia, one would hesitate to criticize others how they manage their crises. At least the Japanese PM did not went on vacation to Hawaii while the reactors were melting down. :rolleyes:
     
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    The trip is a few months away yet, and at $150, cheap enough to skip and not worry if things really go to hell.

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    For Japan I expect, (hope) it's peaking in April. Otherwise they have to postpone the Olympic games.
     
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    If I were in your shoes I'd be packing my boxes already. I say go for it. IMO Okinawa is pretty hot for 6-7 months of the year, which is a long time if you're not into the heat. Great place and I love going there (yearly holidays for the last 4 years) but not sure I could live there either, somewhere further north would be my pick. That said, the coastal roads in Okinawa are very hard to beat...
     
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    Well I'm in Cairns currently and I don't think Okinawa would be hotter.
    I wouldn't mind a cold change though however it's fun for a holiday but I feel being cold all the time whilst trying to live and work would be unpleasant. I do like the heat.
    Wouldn't be right away but I can foresee 2021 being a thing.
    Damn coronavirus lately sucks but I also have to sell up and few other things.
     
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    I'm not sure I could live with being jammed in like a sardine where you can't even scratch yourself. It really is high density living.
     
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    For sure not at the moment. Even Okinawa is "mild" in Winter.
     
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    Only bits of it. Which anyone who has been there could tell you.
     
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