Japan By River Cruise

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Summary

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.

Show Notes

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?
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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.