Reimagining Japan’s post-pandemic tourism industry w/ Alex Kerr
International travelers to Japan increased from 8.6 million in 2010 to just shy of 32 million in 2019. But it’s not all been a positive story. Now with the pandemic reducing international tourism to near zero, what's next for Japan's travel industry?
- Foreign visitors drop 99% from year earlier for sixth straight month (The Japan Times)
- Getting the wheels back on Japan's travel industry (Alex Martin, The Japan Times)
- Tourism's effect on historic cities and sites in focus as global conference kicks off in Kyoto (Eric Johnston, The Japan Times)
- Japan is struggling to deal with the foreign tourism boom (Philip Brasor, The Japan Times)
- Photo Essay: Tokyo without tourists (Oscar Boyd, The Japan Times)
- Pandemic derails Abe's strategy to revive regional Japan with tourism (Reuters)
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Finding the Heart Sutra
Alex Kerr's new book "Finding the Heart Sutra" will be published Nov. 26, 2020, by Penguin. This book brings together Buddhist teaching, talks with friends and mentors, and acute cultural insights to probe the universe of thought contained within the "Heart Sutra."
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Photo: Pre-pandemic, tourists walk along Matsubara-dori street approaching Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto. | BLOOMBERG