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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 06:40 AM
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10,000 Free Round-Trip Tickets to Japan
If youve ever wanted to visit Japan, this may be your chance.

In a desperate attempt to lure tourists back to a country plagued by radiation fears and constant earthquakes, the Japan Tourism Agencys proposed an unprecedented campaign 10,000 free roundtrip tickets.

The catch is, you need to publicize your trip on blogs and social media sites.

The number of foreign visitors to Japan has dropped drastically, since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Power plant in March. Nearly 20,000 people have been confirmed dead, while more than 80,000 remain displaced because of radiation concerns. In the first three months following the triple disasters, the number of foreign visitors to Japan was cut in half, compared with the same time in 2010. The strong Japanese currency has made matters worse.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/10-000-free-round...
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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 06:42 AM
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1. Oh dear.
What with all that radiation and all....
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:20 AM
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16. Sigh. You're at much higher risk crossing the street to get a bagel.
The myth of "all that radiation," when there's maybe five square miles in the country where it's remotely dangerous, is exactly the reason they're trying to lure back tourists.

In reality, you would get as much of a dose of radiation on the airplane ride to Japan as you would hanging out in the Fukushima's City Hall for two weeks. Which is still one quarter as much as is absorbed during a mammogram.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 06:54 AM
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2. I'm tempted
I passed through one of the airports 4 times back when I was coming and going to our misguided war with the Vietnamese people but wasn't allowed out of the terminal. What I did get to see was beautiful and I've longed to go back for a visit. My problem for years was the finances now it's my health is not conducive to long travel times. I'll pass this on to those I know who would like to go.

I love all people, heck I love all things that have life
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RegieRocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 06:56 AM
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3. Where's the tickets?
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 07:08 AM
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4. Gee, I wonder why tourism is down. This campaign is folly in many ways.
Edited on Wed Oct-12-11 07:09 AM by WinkyDink
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jmg257 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 07:08 AM
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5. Japan is really nice.
I have been numerous times to Tokoyo and Osaka.

My wife is currently in her last week of a 3-week stay in Tokoyo for work. No hassels, the big thing there is energy conservation.

Watch the weather, but other then that - go and enjoy!
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Esse Quam Videri Donating Member (256 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 07:26 AM
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6. In all seriousness....
please check out http://enenews.com for the latest info on the extent of radiation in Japan.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:22 AM
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17. Enenews is the worst kind of tabloid crap.
It's fearmongering and lies. You might as well listen to Fox News for an accurate picture of terrorism.
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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 07:32 AM
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7. Yes. Get the "glow" of Japan.
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MrsBrady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 08:46 AM
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8. I've got friends in Tokyo.
Maybe I should go. No, seriously.
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:17 AM
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14. Just read that they've detected hot spots in Tokyo
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:29 AM
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21. "Hot spots" of 2.7 microsieverts, which is microscopic.
The level of fearmongering on this is insane, and people's lack of real information is destroying the Japanese economy. It's front-page news when someone finds 2.7 microsieverts on a sidewalk, but nobody mentions that the dose for time spent on an airline flight, any flight, is TEN TIMES higher. Or the fact that a person getting a CT scan absorbs almost 1,000 times as much.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 09:53 AM
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9. Wow! I'd love to visit Japan. I'd stay away from the Fukushima
area, but I may just sign up for this if it actually happens.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 09:56 AM
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10. I'll bookmark this for April....
Although accomodations aren't cheap there and you'd have to pay for your own!
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:23 AM
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18. Therein lies the catch: it's just tickets, not a hotel.
I'd jump on it in a heartbeat if it included even the most basic accommodations, but that is definitely a big added expense.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 12:17 PM
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28. Food is very expensive also, you can't even geta cheap Mcdonald's meal in Tokyo!
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:00 AM
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11. My husband would love to go as many of his favorite architects/buildings
are from there. My issue is the distance. I hate flying and get claustrophobic in planes. I think I would get a panic attack on such a long flight.

It's a great deal for those who can take advantage of it.

:hi:
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:05 AM
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12. Rec with reservations - WSJ reports high levels of radioactive material in Tokyo
WSJ: High levels of radioactive material concentrating in Tokyo, Yokohama 50 times more than govt found 2.71 microsieverts per hour on sidewalk

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204002304...

So if you're over 60 it might not be so bad...
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:25 AM
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19. 2.7 microsieverts is nothing.
You know what the radiation dose is from taking a 3 hour plane ride? 40 microsieverts.
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:26 AM
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20. Radiation in Japan can be inhaled and eaten in the poorly protected food and drink
and that hits the human body much worse than radiation from a flight.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:31 AM
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22. Radiation isn't magic. There's this thing we have, science, which measures it.
And the reality is, apart from all the fearmongering and hyperbole, that a person taking a trip to Japan is in exactly zero real danger of anything related to radiation.
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:35 AM
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23. We shall scientifically see how all this turns out
I don't think there is zero real danger and it's controversial how much low level radiation does damage - it's not a case of fearmongering or hyperbole
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Ganja Ninja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:06 AM
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13. Sounds good but I'm waiting for some free tickets to Amsterdam.
:smoke:
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:18 AM
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15. I hear Chernobyl is beautiful this time of year
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dana_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 12:16 PM
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27. well here is your chance!
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malthaussen Donating Member (413 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 12:29 PM
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29. Aw, Shucks
Sez on the site the government has cancelled the tours.

Durn big gubmint.

-- Mal
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dana_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 12:52 PM
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33. ah sorry
I didn't see that. I'm a terrible tour guide. ;)
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:35 AM
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24. The Japanese just raised the acceptable level for radiation. If that doesn't tell you everything...
...then I don't know what does.

PB
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 11:31 AM
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25. I'd do that.
But I doubt they would pick me. I don't really do much of that blogging and stuff.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 12:10 PM
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26. thanks, will go check it out. I'd love to visit Japan.
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Wait Wut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 12:35 PM
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30. I'll pass this on to my son.
He was offered a job in Okinawa after he gets out, but couldn't figure out a way to get there. This might help. If nothing else, they could at least visit her family.

Thanks! :hi:
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 12:36 PM
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31. If I wasn't tied down here I would go.
In a heartbeat.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 12:43 PM
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32. I would love to go
However my passport has long since expired, and getting a renewed one, is a tad bit expensive. I could stay with my uncle in Osaka, but it would be rude to assume, as a family member I can just ask to go and visit with them. I guess I will wait till the economy gets better, and until then, try and hangout in Japantown more often.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 01:42 PM
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34. If you ever get bored with Japantown
remember we have one here in San Jose, too.

Bonus: It's a mile or so from the Shark Tank. :hi:
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-13-11 05:21 AM
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35. I have always wanted to visit
Edited on Thu Oct-13-11 05:21 AM by AsahinaKimi
The San Jose Japantown. Also Little Tokyo,
but I doubt I could get bored with our Japantown, when NEWPEOPLE is right across the street!


http://www.newpeopleworld.com/
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