I am very sorry to announce that the ”Fly to Japan! Project” has been cancelled by the Japanese government. It was planned as a prospective project that was to give 10,000 free tickets for people all over the world in order for them to see Japan with their own eyes.
The reasons are that the Japanese government hasn’t voted it as a reasonable cost because of the fact that there are more important and more urgent tasks that the country is going to be fighting, the main one being the reconstruction of both homes and lives after the Great Japan Earthquake that happened in March 2011 and the most popular destinations in the islands of Japan are not in the affected areas, making the project mostly unreasonable even though it would promote the tourism as a whole.
Here is an official statement about the news:
“We realise that this announcement is going to disappoint thousands of people around the world, but we hope people will understand how insensitive it would appear for the Japanese Government to give people free flights to Japan when the cities, towns and villages devastated by the tsunami are still in desperate need of funding for reconstruction. We also would not want people thinking that the generous donations given from around the world to aide those affected by the disaster was being spent on giving people free flights.
The places most popular with visitors to Japan – Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone, Osaka, Hiroshima, Sapporo and Okinawa – were outside the earthquake and tsunami affected areas. Please do not let the fact that there will be no free flights put you off visiting Japan. There are lots of great deals available and Japan is ready and waiting to welcome back visitors more warmly than ever before,” said Kylie Clark, Head of PR & Marketing, Japan National Tourism Organization.
I have no idea how bad would everybody feel, I am certain this is a big bad news article now and most of you are going to hate me for it. However, there is nothing to be done about it.The reason given to us all is more than understandable and we should abide by it. However, if you still want to sponsor Japan and the tourism in there – you can always check the links provided in both sites for special offers and so on… I know that the biggest problem usually are the tickets, often costing more than the hotel+museums entry, but there’s nothing that can be done at least for now.