In the press review of Thursday, April 29, we will discuss: the arrival of vaccine passports in order to travel, call for collective solidarity as we approach the Golden Week and Oriental Land for the first time in financial deficit.
Introduction of vaccine passports
We have learned from government sources that the Japan plans to introduce “Vaccine passports”, to facilitate international travel for people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. These passports are expected to come in the form of a smartphone app, with travelers having to scan QR codes at airports before boarding or entering the country. The government is moving forward with this plan, hoping to resume business travel that all but ceased during the pandemic. “Other countries are doing it, so the Japan will have to consider it too “, said Tarô Kôno, the minister responsible for the country’s vaccination efforts, during a parliamentary session on Wednesday. Kono previously worried that the obligation to certify the vaccination could lead to discrimination against people who cannot or do not want to be vaccinated due to allergic reactions or potential side effects. At the moment, there are no plans for the system to be used nationally, for example to regulate entry to restaurants or sporting events.
Golden Week under COVID-19
The governors of Tokyo and three neighboring departments on Wednesday asked residents to refrain from travel to and from the metropolitan area, a day before the start of the holiday season. Golden Week, in the context of the fourth wave of coronavirus infections. During an online meeting, Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo, and her counterparts from the departments of Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama also jointly asked residents to stay at home, not to drink outside and not to dine with people who do not belong to their family. Koike stated at the meeting that the vacation period of the Golden Week is “A decisive moment to know if we can stop the explosive spread of infections”. She added that “We can brake more effectively” the surge in infections due to the rapid spread of more contagious variants of the virus. The capital has been placed since Sunday under the third state of emergency COVID-19, along with three departments in the west of Japan, whose Osaka. This department was hit hardest by the outbreak, straining its medical system, and which on Wednesday reported a record 1,260 cases of coronavirus in a single day.
Disney resort in the red
Oriental Land, which operates Tokyo Disney Resort, fell into the red for the first time since the company went public in 1996, with attendance falling about 70% in FY2020 compared to last year. Tokyo disney resort includes Tokyo disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea and adjacent hotels. In an attempt to turn around its bottom line, the company has not only adopted a system in which the price of tickets varies according to the expected attendance at the park, but it is also considering charging more for its famous Fastpass, which allows cardholders to pay more. access popular attractions before other customers. The financial statements ofOriental Land for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 were released on Wednesday. They show that the company recorded net sales down 63.3% from the previous year, with a net loss of 54.1 billion yen, compared to net profit of 62.2 billion yen in the prior year. As Tokyo Disney Resort is located in the Chiba Department, it was not subject to the third state of emergency declared earlier this month. But if infections of the variants of coronavirus spread further, the local government could ask entertainment facilities to shut down.