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8:00 pm - 10/14/2011

Will Japan Give Free Airfare to 10,000 Foreign Tourists? Maybe Not.

For the last few days, the internet has been abuzz after news stories appeared with headlines like:

And so on. Many people assumed that the headlines were accurate and they wanted to know more. The Japan Tourism Organization’s website was bombarded with hits. Those who tried to access the site over the last few days, and the site was either not loading or loading at an extremely slowly.

But the Japan Tourism Organization had no information on their homepage about the offer. That’s because there is no offer. It was just an idea that was under consideration. It had not been approved. Many of the English language articles had reported it as such, but this crucial information was usually left out of the headlines and first paragraphs of the articles.

On October 14th, the JTO posted the following news update:

Thank you for your interest in visiting Japan.

Recently a number of media outlets have publicized reports about ”Japan offering 10,000 free flights to foreigners”.  However, this initiative to be carried out from April 2012 onwards is still under examination for government budgetary approval and is at this moment undecided.

If the initiative is confirmed and put into operation, Japan Tourism Agency will officially announce details on this website.

Warning: There have been reports in some countries about acts of fraud related to this media report. The Japanese government has not committed to provide free flight tickets to Japan to anybody. Please be careful not to get caught up in this kind of fraud.

Although the idea caused a lot of excitement outside of Japan, it does not necessarily have support within Japan. One should not assume that it will automatically pass the budget approval panels.

Source: japanprobe

2hothere 15th-Oct-2011 03:43 am (UTC)
oh,,darn..there goes my dream of going to Japan.
fynoda 15th-Oct-2011 03:45 am (UTC)
It should be noted that one of the people who broke the story, Danny Choo, did state that they were not accepting applications yet (although he didn't say it hadn't been decided). However, he was referencing a Daily Yomiuri article. I don't know what that Japanese article says, but fuck yeah fact-checking!
yuelnaye 15th-Oct-2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
yeah, when i read Danny Choo's post i thought "God... this can be possible" so i believe in that and will wait patiently.
katzsong 15th-Oct-2011 03:51 am (UTC)
Maybe yes too, though maybe not as much as for 10.000 people, if the budget is approved partially. Anyway, one can only hope.

And yeah, I did post with JNTO link on the articles, so people can see/check it out for themselves. btw, the warning from JNTO came out 1-2 days after the article from Yomiuri. And I have no problem accessing JNTO.
unlucky26 15th-Oct-2011 04:07 am (UTC)
rainbow_yarn 15th-Oct-2011 04:21 am (UTC)
I thought the whole thing was "pending budget approval," anyway?
xelloss_poo 15th-Oct-2011 04:31 am (UTC)
This. All the articles said budget pending approval. Apparently everyone didn't bother to read the whole articles and only the parts that they wanted to.
talene309 15th-Oct-2011 05:42 am (UTC)
genie17 15th-Oct-2011 04:42 am (UTC)
People don't care to read the rest of the article.
doinkies 15th-Oct-2011 04:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, they only see the headline + some parts of the article and get excited. -_-
anduril_narsil 15th-Oct-2011 10:02 am (UTC)
I think this time they do. Cos they see the headline: FREE. And you need to read the article throughly to know how to get the FREE flight. They visited the JTO website to see whether there's an update.

Personally, I will visit Japan again whether it's free or not.
georgiaannaa 15th-Oct-2011 05:58 am (UTC)
It was too good to be true.
nyappnyappcafe 15th-Oct-2011 05:59 am (UTC)
I could have sworn they said it was still a WIP anyway?
People need to read more.
asaphira_sachi 15th-Oct-2011 07:02 am (UTC)
I took it with a grain of salt, but it still would be nice if all goes well of course.

Edited at 2011-10-15 07:04 am (UTC)
thelostlolli 15th-Oct-2011 07:07 am (UTC)
To good to be true. Just like getting McDonald's Monopoly boardwalk piece.
wapiko 15th-Oct-2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
So I've been wondering, with the prevalence of being able to get basically anything online, if the same works for McD's Monopoly as going to eBay or something. XD
karavanuemura 15th-Oct-2011 07:24 am (UTC)
My DREAM. Oh. . .
bonbon_berry 15th-Oct-2011 09:47 am (UTC)
I may sound like a total bitch but I'm glad it doesn't seem to be on the horizon for approval. I mean it's over 70,000 YEN for a plane ticket round trip from most countries, and if you multiply that 10,000 times = That's 700,000,000 YEN aka 10,000,000 USD!

Such a huge amount of money should be used in a more responsible fashion. The public will get over it's nuclear scare in due time, so this isn't necessary.
dropdeadpirate 15th-Oct-2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
ia so much. If they're gonna spend that kind of money it should be to fix the problems they have within their country, rather than bring people there. This just makes them look bad.
yuelnaye 15th-Oct-2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
I knew from the beginning that this was under approval and I'm still praying it to be approved in order to my dream can become true.

However, people need to read news like this very carefully.....
shavashava 15th-Oct-2011 12:55 pm (UTC)

omg i cannot wait to go to Japan 4 free
cry1baby 15th-Oct-2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
dropdeadpirate 15th-Oct-2011 03:47 pm (UTC)

I'm so glad I didnt get excited reading the first article.
very_pinku 15th-Oct-2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
aw. But well yeah, Japanese netizens were complaining about this saying they don't want illegal aliens,
Koreans and Chinese are a no, money should be used for other things in Japan, and etc.
Which shows that there's many hostile Japanese people out there still...who won't approve of this.

I was a bit excited though, cause a flight to Haneda was over a 1000 dollars.
So I wish other flights other than JAL and ANA stop at Haneda.
sakichi 15th-Oct-2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
First part doesn't surprise me...
glimmeringneon 16th-Oct-2011 12:46 am (UTC)
I don't know why people are exaggerating the tsunami and nuclear power after-effects in Japan. Yes it was terrible but the country is totally safe and fine, the majority of people are living normally. Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Nara, Kyoto, etc. are totally unharmed. Baffles me why I read foreigners writing stuff out like "Japan's Rebirth," what rebirth? It experienced a terrible tragedy, but its still the same old, technologically advanced and cultured Japan. Some are even saying this is Japan's "9/11" which it really isn't, it wasn't politically instigated, it was a natural disaster. It didn't prompt the Japanese government to buff up on "terrorist attacks" but rather improve their already advanced disaster relief systems...
miki_831 16th-Oct-2011 04:10 am (UTC)
I think it's a good idea even if they have to reduce the number of free tickets
gackt_otaku_grl 18th-Oct-2011 02:19 am (UTC)
All the freaking out was because people don't know how to read.
I knew that it wasn't a real thing as of yet because I read the whole article...
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