Monday, October 18, 2010

Your tax ¥ at work

Being unable to locate any foreigners in Japan, the government will: travel allowances to about 100 native English, Chinese and Korean speakers to visit key cities and come up with ideas on how to make it easier for travelers to use public transport, stay at local hotels and eat at local restaurants, said an official at the Japan Tourism Agency. Reuters

Far be it from me to accuse whomever came up with this as being someone who is out of touch with the country in which he/she lives, for I am sure that there is a good reason for it. Perhaps Uncle Taro figures he could get better advice from someone who doesn't actually know Japan and just drops in out of the blue and gets to experience the kid-glove visiting gaijin treatment. Besides, anyone who has been here long enough to know much about the country might make some embarrassingly uncomfortable suggestions, for example, "Maybe you should begin by firing the folks who came up with this idea."*

Anyway, anyone who has read @Tyler Bru^le`! *would know that Japan's tourist facilities are already nirvana.

*Gonna knock off the yokoso Japan fingerprinting too?

**Does the world envy Tokyo Midtown yet?

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous5:37 PM

    ah yes the gaijin experts will be hard at work tailoring the experience...the sort of people you meet at parties who only want to speak English and "explain" Japan's differences with the world...