As Japan gets ready to reopen to tourism, sustainable travel consultant JJ Walsh thinks we should rethink harmful modes of travel like *koff koff* cruises, even though, historically speaking, big old boats have proven their worth when it comes to opening Japan.
Ollie apologizes for falling for the PR spin of a river boat company who has, quite literally burned bridges.
Bobby tracks down a group of riverboat dwellers, which they are very grateful for, because they were drifting away.
Topics discussed on this episode range from:
- Celebrating the glorious milestone that is our 54th episode
- JJ's show, Seeking Sustainability Live which has recently celebrated it's 100th episode
- As a category, what exactly does the "Sustainability" net cover?
- A cross show comparison of favorite and least favorite guests
- What country cares the most about sustainability?
- What Ollie should do about having accidentally concealed his Japanese ability from his Japanese roommate
- What problems will Japan face post-covid, pre-olympics if they try to reopen for tourism with Business as Usual
- JJ's OFFICIAL position on the the GoTo! Campaigns
- JJ's unreserved and perhaps ill-advised opinion on what the worst form of travel is
- What simple steps and restrictions might serve Japan well in terms of tourism
- How much energy Japan has put into creating infrastructure for international vs domestic tourism
- Why Japanese business have traditionally preferred domestic travelers
- What spurred the international tourism boom in recent years, and how Japan has been catching up
- Why Japan's tourism policies have been focused on superficial factors, and what they SHOULD be focusing on
- The three pillars of sustainability, and why it isn't just about the environment
- What is Japan's current plan for reopening
- How, yes the government/major corporations tracking everyone's movements 24/7 is terrifying, but also might help us find less crowded shrines
- What possible solutions for over-tourism in Japan might be
- The chicken-egg nature of the preferred travel style of major tour travelers
- Should countries be able to choose their ideal tourists and place restrictions on who gets to come in and why?
- Which nationality does JJ think are currently the BEST tourists?
- How the future of travel can be made to mesh with the changing Japanese population demographics
- How the government can incentivize population and TOURISM migration
- Is the Olympics gonna happen?
Get access to the extras by supporting the podcast for less than $1 an episode. Become a member at http://buymeacoffee.com.
or Tweet to us at @jbrcpod
Black Lives Matter
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
Some are affiliate links because we're sell-outs
- We record remotely using Squadcast and the podcast is hosted on Transistor.
- Bobby uses the Samson Go Mic and Ollie uses the AT2005USB mic
What is Japan By River Cruise?
Stand-up comedians Bobby Judo and Ollie Horn purport to report on the Japanese river cruise industry each week.