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World’s ‘most friendly’ country shuns rude tourists with huge new 8-foot mesh fence

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jun4,2024

Japan is widely regarded as one of the world’s friendliest countries. The island nation is renowned for its culture of respect and tradition, however in recent months authorities have taken steps that may leave visitors feeling slightly less welcome than before.

The latest move has seen officials erect a giant 8-foot fence in Fujikawaguchiko, a popular site for tourists taking pictures of themselves with Mount Fuji in the background.

Reports of rowdy crowds dropping litter, being rude and disobeying traffic laws has promoted the move.

According to AFP, the meshed fence is 65 feet across, preventing tourists from getting their shot for social media.

Fujikawaguchiko is located in the Yamanashi prefecture, around 62 miles to the west of Tokyo. Tourists have reportedly overrun the town for years and now locals have had enough.

Despite the strength of feeling amongst residents, officials did express regret at having to put up the fence, saying the mesh barrier was a last resort.

The Yamanashi prefecture said in a statement that it brought the rules in ahead of the new climbing season, which starts on July 10 and runs until September 10.

This is just the latest decisive action taken on tourists in Japan. According to a police source of the Left-leaning Japanese publication Mainichi, coppers were told to “target foreigners for questioning and checking their residence cards”.

The shocking “crackdown” saw tourists targeted based on “their appearance alone”, and worse still, the police source claimed that “blacks and Southeast Asians” were singled out specifically.

Earlier, in March, the world-famous Gion district in Kyoto barred tourists from certain places, including traditional tea houses.

The district is home to the Geishas – characterised by their traditional appearance, dress and their dancing. It was argued that tourists were bothering the dancers, and therefore the restrictions were necessary.

Tyler Mitchell

By Tyler Mitchell

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  1. It’s disheartening to see Japan, known for its hospitality, resorting to such measures to handle unruly tourists. While maintaining order is essential, singling out individuals based on appearance risks breeding discrimination. Hopefully, authorities can find a more inclusive approach.

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