Posted February 07, 2020 07:17:13As of today, the Japanese government has no plans to open the gates to visitors.
However, a few hundred miles north, in Osaka, Osaka City Council is considering an amendment to the city’s existing code of ethics to allow for a temporary opening of the gates for public use.
A petition for a meeting with Osaka Mayor Ryutaro Fujimori, and for a public vote to decide if the gates should remain closed, was recently launched.
A campaign has been started on Japanese social media site Yupy.net, where some of the most vocal supporters of the change have stated they plan to stay open for as long as the gates are closed.
The Japanese government will continue to try to prevent people from entering Japan, especially foreigners, for medical purposes.
It will also continue to enforce laws that prevent foreign visitors from bringing any goods into Japan, and to maintain a ban on any type of animal importation.
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