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    «Hardest VA Job ever!» Netto Azure's Avatar
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    Free tickets to Japan from the Japanese government


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/10/struggling-japan-to-give-_n_1003169.html

    Announced today - the Japanese ministry of tourism is going to invite 10,000 foreigners to Japan - and pay for your travel.

    Applications will be done through the internets and folks will be invited during 2012. Applicants need to submit their travel plans for when they are in Japan and if the government thinks that you truly intend to visit (and not overstay as an illegal immigrant) then they will pay for your return ticket.

    The Japanese governments strategy for this plan is that they expect travelers to blog and use social media to spread the word about their experience in Japan which should hopefully lead to more folks visiting Japan.

    The amount of foreigners visiting Japan since the earthquake and nuclear accident has decreased a ton - some prefectures like Yamagata have experienced up to 80% drop in overseas visitors.

    The Japanese government is spending 1.1 billion yen on this project.
    Initially, I commented that I didn't have the time to do this. Then I kinda realized that I really want to visit Japan during the summer if given the choice lol.

    And no this is not a hoax. I mean they are really trying to get tourism up after the Earthquake. :(

    The Japanese governments strategy for this plan is that they expect travelers to blog and use social media to spread the word about their experience in Japan which should hopefully lead to more folks visiting Japan.
    I think the international Otaku's will take care of that. xD
    Last edited by Netto Azure; 10th October 2011 at 08:07 PM.

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    Default Re: Free tickets to Japan from the Japanese government

    Fall, in my opinion, is the best time to go weather wise. It's usually not too hot and not too cold, and if you don't like humidity (especially high humidity), you won't feel it as much, like you would in the spring or the summer. I also wonder if it chooses where you can go besides Tokyo. I want to head back up north where I was to see everyone again.

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    If I get mine will be going there to see akihabara and will probably spend $1000+ on anime figures and other things

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    Default Re: Free tickets to Japan from the Japanese government

    It's kinda hopeless if one wants to do this. The 10,000 spots would probably already be full once the campaign opens.

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    Default Re: Free tickets to Japan from the Japanese government

    Quote Originally Posted by Negaishipping View Post
    If I get mine will be going there to see akihabara and will probably spend $1000+ on anime figures and other things
    Well that's no fun, imo, to go just for that. You should see the sights, visit temples, go to an onsen or ryokan, try some authentic Japanese foods, etc.

    Granted, I wouldn't mind going to Harajuku just to see the way people dress (Goth Loli-style, cosplayers, etc.) but it's usually limited to the weekend (no school [usually] and no work [usually]).
    Last edited by SSJ_Jup81; 11th October 2011 at 08:39 PM.

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    Default Re: Free tickets to Japan from the Japanese government

    Well that'd be nice too but those kinds of things cost $5000-$10,000 and that's just for at most 12 days

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    Heck i'd go just to visit a pokemon center and spend tons of money on merch -drools-

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