Some Japanese amusement parks will resume limited operations while screening guests

Posted Sunday, March 22, 2020 8:02 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Some amusement park operators in Japan said Friday they will resume some of their operations that were temporarily suspended due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Seibu Railway Co., operator of Toshimaen in Tokyo's Nerima Ward, said it will resume operations Saturday at the amusement park and Seibuen Amusement Park in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo. Legoland Japan Ltd. said it will reopen some popular outdoor attractions such as roller coasters at its amusement park Legoland Japan and at Sea Life Nagoya aquarium, in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, from next Monday.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020 8:12 PM
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This seems like a pretty bad idea and a bit premature.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020 10:07 PM

Much of what Japan is doing seems to be aimed at preserving the Olympics. On a certain level, you can understand it. They were quick to close schools (which was in part for the same end game but was a good thing to do). Though now they are looking to re-open schools as well despite warnings of outbreaks. May well backfire.

And other countries may force their hand as Canada has announced they won't send a team to the Olympics.

The temperature test is understandable but seems a lot like making people take their shoes off. Unless they don't have Advil and Tylenol in Japan.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 10:39 PM
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To be fair, Japan was the only place where I had to take a breathalyzer (as did everyone) just to ride a coaster at Yokohama Cosmoworld. It’s a popular drinking spot. It was weird taking the breathalyzer. Esp since I did it know I didn’t have to touch it with my lips until it was too late... 🤦🏼

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Monday, March 30, 2020 7:56 AM

Japan is interesting because they have done little testing (something like less than 1/2 what US has done on per cap basis). And they say they are using something like 20% of their testing capacity because they don't believe they need to test more. Cynic could say they didn't want to know and were looking to preserve the Olympics. And now that the Olympics have officially been postponed, Japan is talking about spikes and lockdowns.


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