Tokyo hotel expresses regret over the ‘Japanese only’ lift signage


After the anti-Covid-19 measure generated anger on social media ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, a Tokyo hotel has apologized and removed banners reading “Japanese only” and “foreigners only” from lifts.
On Monday (July 12), Tokyo declared a state of emergency, citing fears that an inflow of tens of thousands of players and officials during the Games, which run from July 23 to August 8, might spread the coronavirus, which is already causing outbreaks in the Japanese city.
Last Friday, the signs were put up last Friday at the Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu in downtown Tokyo following Tokyo 2020 organizers’ instructions to segregate the movements of visitors associated with the Games from those of ordinary hotel guests, a hotel spokesman said on Monday.
Because of the sensitivity of the topic, the official declined to be identified. He claimed there was no intention of discriminating against foreigners.
“We attempted to make it simple to comprehend, but we ended up generating confusion,” the official explained. He claimed the signs were taken down on Sunday morning, and the hotel was currently debating what expression to use instead with corporate headquarters.
Although Japan has not experienced the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, it has reported over 815,440 cases and over 15,000 fatalities. On Sunday, Tokyo alone added 614 new cases, marking the 22nd consecutive day of week-on-week growth.
Japan’s immunization program got off to a sluggish start, and while it has since picked up, supply issues are leading it to stumble.


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