[국제]”Foreigners don’t use masks often” …Japan struggles with quarantine ahead of resumption of tourism

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Although it was later than major overseas countries, the Japanese government decided to accept foreign group tourists from the 10th of next month.

The tourism industry, tired of the recession, is looking forward to it, but there are concerns that it may lead to infection due to the different culture of quarantine such as wearing a mask.

Correspondent Lee Kyung-ah from Tokyo reports.

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Nikko, a famous tourist destination in Japan, is home to Toshogu Shrine, a World Heritage Site.

Group tourists came to Hawaii for the first time since the corona crisis.

This is a pilot project to see if there are any problems with quarantine measures, etc. ahead of the resumption of foreign tourism on the 10th of next month.

[시범 관광 참가자 / 미국 하와이 거주 : 레스토랑에 들어갈 때 입구에 모니터로 체온 검사를 하는 등 코로나 예방 대책이 훌륭했어요.]

[시범 관광 참가자 / 미국 하와이 거주 : 쇼핑을 많이 하고 싶습니다. 하와이 사람들은 쇼핑을 아주 좋아하거든요.]

The tour guide will lead the party with a thermometer and antigen/antibody tester.

[단체 관광 안내원 : 특히 주의해야 하는 것이 식사 중의 대화입니다. 즐거운 자리지만 마음을 단단히 먹고 조심하도록 얘기하고 있습니다.]

The Japanese government is in the position to gradually expand to individual tours, starting with group tours that are less risky by restricting the flow of movement, and monitoring the infection status.

The tourism industry, which has been hit directly by the corona virus for over two years, is welcoming.

However, the culture is different from countries that significantly eased corona-related regulations before Japan, such as the United States and Europe, and there are many concerns.

[후쿠다 카네야 / 숙박업체 대표 : 외국인 관광객들은 마스크를 잘 하지 않습니다. 이게 가장 큰 고민입니다. 해 달라고 부탁도 하고 없는 사람은 마스크를 나눠주기도 합니다.]

The number of corona infections in Japan has recently fallen below 30,000 a day, showing a modest decline.

However, the rising number of new infections in some countries, including the United States, is a worrying factor.

[마쓰모토 테츠야 / 국제의료복지대학 교수 : 좀 많이 완화한 것 아닌가 하는 느낌도 듭니다. 해외에서는 예를 들어 변종 바이러스 등 여러 가지가 있는데 이런 것이 해외에서 유입될 가능성이 있습니다.]

It is true that the recent depreciation of the yen is favorable for attracting foreign tourists.

However, it remains to be seen how well foreigners will respond to the stricter Japanese atmosphere compared to overseas, starting with wearing a mask.

This is Kyungah Lee from YTN in Tokyo.

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