Will Japan Finally Reopen Borders To Tourists In June 2022?!

Will Japan Finally Reopen Borders To Tourists In June 2022?!

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It has been well over two years since the pandemic initially shut down global travel, and we’ve seen even the strictest countries (ranging from Australia, to New Zealand, to Singapore) reopen borders to vaccinated visitors.

Japan is one of my favorite countries in the world, and it’s a place I’m dying to return to. Unfortunately Japan has taken an even stricter approach than other strict countries, as Japan remains closed to tourists from most parts of the world. There has been no real indication of that changing… until now.

Japan plans border reopening for tourists

At a press conference in London on Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan intends to further ease border controls as of June 2022. This is intended to put Japan more in line with other G7 countries, which allow quarantine-free travel for vaccinated visitors (at a minimum).

Now, unfortunately we don’t have any details yet beyond that, though it’s more of an update than we’ve otherwise gotten from Japan’s government. It’s stated that the country’s COVID-19 measures will be eased in stages, so who knows how widespread a tourism reopening in June would even be.

What’s odd is that Japan’s borders haven’t been totally closed. Japanese residents are allowed to travel abroad, select business travelers are allowed to enter the country, etc. The country has also been capping international arrivals to 10,000 per day.

It’s not like the country has been taking a zero-tolerance approach toward coronavirus either, as the country has seen several significant waves. Nonetheless most foreign tourists have been barred from entering.

Japan could reopen to international tourists in June

Why have Japan’s borders remained closed?

We’re now well over two years into the pandemic, and with the exception of China, most destinations have once again reopened to tourists in some sort of reasonable capacity… except Japan. It’s odd, because pre-pandemic Japan had a booming tourism industry, so why has the country been so conservative to restart that?

Well, in every survey I’ve seen, the Japanese public has been supportive of keeping border measures in place, and not really restarting the international tourism sector. With major elections in Japan this year, I suppose it’s not surprising that the government would be trying to appeal to voters with the current travel restrictions.

Japan also had a slow vaccine rollout and there’s a not-insignificant percent of the population that’s anti-vax, so the country isn’t in as good of a spot as Singapore, for example, when it comes to citizens being protected. At the same time, unless you force people to get vaccinated, not a whole lot is likely to change there.

The Japanese public largely supports border measures

Bottom line

Japan’s Prime Minister announced plans for border restrictions to be eased for tourists starting in June 2022, which is potentially just a few weeks away. I’d sure love to see border restrictions eased, though unfortunately as of now details continue to remain pretty limited.

Do you think Japan will meaningfully reopen its borders in June?

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  1. E. Guest

    According to a friend who lives there - the Japanese dislike tourism, are xenophobic, and that has everything to do with it.

  2. MikeyInOregon Guest

    So many trolls on here making the post political. Get a life! I sure hope Japan reopens, I have tix for Sapporo in December.

  3. James Guest

    I suspect the recent weakening of the yen had something to do with it. They are realising the effect on the economy. I hope the economy stinks further will that they are forced to open.

  4. NYGuy24 Gold

    Don't get excited. Japan is not suddenly reopening for tourism. They are going to do it in small steps starting with something like package tour groups, so I wouldn't rush to book flights anytime soon. This is the same leadership that suddenly shut Japan back down when omicron came out. Japan has like the oldest populations in the world and many of the people do not want the borders fully reopened. With the election coming...

    Don't get excited. Japan is not suddenly reopening for tourism. They are going to do it in small steps starting with something like package tour groups, so I wouldn't rush to book flights anytime soon. This is the same leadership that suddenly shut Japan back down when omicron came out. Japan has like the oldest populations in the world and many of the people do not want the borders fully reopened. With the election coming up politicians are not going to allow a full reopening. A lot of international businesses are leaving Japan for Korea because they can't even get first class mail international mail etc due to all the restrictions.

  5. Makiko Guest

    People are acting like Covid is gone. How did the South African variant of covid ended up in the US? By air travelers. Have you seen these cruise ships docking into San Francisco with hundreds of cases of Covid?
    Each time a person is infected, it’s an opportunity for the virus to mutate. If it does and evade the vaccines then we’re all back to square one.

    1. Watson Gold

      Border closures do. not. work. The virus will eventually get in. Just look at NZ and Australia. They did a great job early on, but eventually the virus broke through. Thankfully they had staved off the inevitable long enough to get everyone vaccinated, so ultimately I think history will look kindly upon them. But insisting on continuing border closures will do economic and geopolitical harm for years to come, while in practice saving 0 lives.

      ...

      Border closures do. not. work. The virus will eventually get in. Just look at NZ and Australia. They did a great job early on, but eventually the virus broke through. Thankfully they had staved off the inevitable long enough to get everyone vaccinated, so ultimately I think history will look kindly upon them. But insisting on continuing border closures will do economic and geopolitical harm for years to come, while in practice saving 0 lives.

      > If it does and evade the vaccines then we’re all back to square one.

      This is factually incorrect. If a vaccine-evading variant arises, both Pfizer and Moderna have stated they can have a new vaccine ready in a matter of months.

  6. HungryNomad Guest

    You're wrong about Japan's vax rate. The slow rollout in early 2021 is irrelevant to the borders closed in 2022. Japan's vaccination rate reached 70% in Oct 2021 and then 80% later in the year, the highest among the G7 countries.

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/10/27/national/japan-vaccination-rate-around-80/

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-59342308

    https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/covid-19-vaccination-tracker/

    I was in Italy last month. Italians say "Our vax rate has reached 80% so we don't have to worry about Covid anymore." Almost no Japanese says that. What I often...

    You're wrong about Japan's vax rate. The slow rollout in early 2021 is irrelevant to the borders closed in 2022. Japan's vaccination rate reached 70% in Oct 2021 and then 80% later in the year, the highest among the G7 countries.

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/10/27/national/japan-vaccination-rate-around-80/

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-59342308

    https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/covid-19-vaccination-tracker/

    I was in Italy last month. Italians say "Our vax rate has reached 80% so we don't have to worry about Covid anymore." Almost no Japanese says that. What I often hear among the Japanese is "the vaccines don't stop the spread." The high vaccine rate is not a reason for them to reopen.

    1. Watson Gold

      Do the Japanese also acknowledge that the vaccine highly reduces the chances of serious illness (including long COVID) and death? Or do they just cherrypick facts that allow them to justify the policies they've always wanted?

  7. kristin Guest

    We have booked a trip to Japan 4x in the last 2 years. Had planned on traveling there this June, however just recently enacted our Plan B to another destination. The Japanese government has indicated too little too late regarding their plans to re-open. We will book again likely next year and hope it actually happens. Their approach to restricting tourism for gaijin somewhat typical based on my experience having lived there many years ago....

    We have booked a trip to Japan 4x in the last 2 years. Had planned on traveling there this June, however just recently enacted our Plan B to another destination. The Japanese government has indicated too little too late regarding their plans to re-open. We will book again likely next year and hope it actually happens. Their approach to restricting tourism for gaijin somewhat typical based on my experience having lived there many years ago. So disappointing but expected.

  8. Janet Guest

    The main reason is it is an election year and the Japanese public is against a wholesale reopening of the borders. On the other hand, the government realizes it needs to stimulate the economy. So it is likely to allow in tourists. The Nikkei suggested it would be a gradual reopening of the borders, perhaps allowing group tours initially. At least at this point they don’t have to worry about hordes of Chinese descending on...

    The main reason is it is an election year and the Japanese public is against a wholesale reopening of the borders. On the other hand, the government realizes it needs to stimulate the economy. So it is likely to allow in tourists. The Nikkei suggested it would be a gradual reopening of the borders, perhaps allowing group tours initially. At least at this point they don’t have to worry about hordes of Chinese descending on the country given the Covid zero closure of the borders.

    It is worth noting that the vax rate in Japan is over 80% fully vaccinated, substantially higher than the US. The anti-vax movement is tiny compared with the US, as fortunately politics are not a factor.

    1. Jkjkjk Guest

      They need chinese tourist money whether they like it or not.

    2. HungryNomad Guest

      Inbound tourism accounted only for 5% of Japan's GDP in 2018, even close to its peak. 80% of Japan's tourism spending was from domestic travel in 2019. Inbound travel was only 17%.

  9. Periyannan Suresh Guest

    In recent days japanese yen rise upto 130 yen equal to a dollar.
    Due to covid-19 started at 2020. japan economy is started to face down and now Russia invasion against Ukraine.
    Japan is under the pressure to recover economy.
    The only way is to allow tourism for economy growth.

  10. derek Guest

    I am so disappointed that Ben/Lucky would become the propaganda mouthpiece of the People's Republic of China and claim that Taiwan is part of the PRC. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ben/Lucky wrote "Why have Japan’s borders remained closed?
    We’re now well over two years into the pandemic, and with the exception of China, most destinations have once again reopened to tourists in some sort of reasonable capacity… except Japan."

    Ben can redeem himself by writing...."and with the...

    I am so disappointed that Ben/Lucky would become the propaganda mouthpiece of the People's Republic of China and claim that Taiwan is part of the PRC. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ben/Lucky wrote "Why have Japan’s borders remained closed?
    We’re now well over two years into the pandemic, and with the exception of China, most destinations have once again reopened to tourists in some sort of reasonable capacity… except Japan."

    Ben can redeem himself by writing...."and with the exception of China and Taiwan" or "and with the exception of the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China..."

    Taiwan is closed to tourists. Taiwan is not China, at least not the People's Republic of China.

    1. Jkjkjk Guest

      Lol you’re mouthpiece of American propaganda.
      Taiwan is China as claimed by the constitution of Republic of China and the PRC.
      Loser of the civil war shall either GTFO or admit their loss. Can’t believe how much latitude CPC has given DPP. I wish CPC would just crush them like how America invading Afghanistan, Iraq, or supporting ethno state that they stole from the Palestinian or create chaos in south and central america....

      Lol you’re mouthpiece of American propaganda.
      Taiwan is China as claimed by the constitution of Republic of China and the PRC.
      Loser of the civil war shall either GTFO or admit their loss. Can’t believe how much latitude CPC has given DPP. I wish CPC would just crush them like how America invading Afghanistan, Iraq, or supporting ethno state that they stole from the Palestinian or create chaos in south and central america. Too bad CPC is too nice and busy improving lives of jane and joe doe in China and all around the world. Gall dang…

    2. Watson Gold

      @derek: It's probably just an oversight.

      @jk: Please show yourself out. Taiwan is an independent country in all respects except official status. The entire world (even PRC) knows this.

  11. Omar Guest

    Narrator: "no, no they won't"

  12. SDRon Guest

    Having lived and worked in Japan for 5 years you can't help but becoming a Japanophile. Used to fly the PanAm 747SP from JFK to Tokyo in F. Also, the JAL Garden Jet with 7 beds upstairs. At the time the upgrade to the bed was only $150. I paid above the F fare. For an interesting, fascinating and entertaining current series on a part of Japanese culture check out Tokyo Vice on HBO Max.

  13. dwondermeant Guest

    For Humanitarian purposes like my urgent leisure travel to be able to travel on to Sydney they must be reopen
    I have First Class seats on points to Tokyo via Japan Airlines is their anything with more urgent than that?
    Otherwise I will be forced onto Singapore Airlines in their lesser business class and nobody would want to suffer such an unbearable fate ;)

  14. Andrew Guest

    I’ve got two ANA F tickets out of JFK booked with Virgin Atlantic for early October. I really hope I get to experience the best sweet spot in points in the new suites!!!

  15. ready to travel Guest

    ANA and JAL have cancelled many flights till end of June so my guess is JULY opening.
    My June bookings got cancelled. luckily still have august and sept flights booked.

    1. Andrew Diamond

      Is that the case? I'm flying to Singapore in June through NRT and my flight is still scheduled...

    2. Darlene Harris Guest

      Hopefully they do ease. NRT is the harder airport to pass through. I had to rebook my daughter to go only through HND so she wouldn’t have to quarantine.

    3. Omar Guest

      This post makes no sense. NRT doesn't require a quarantine if it's a same day transit.

    4. Omar Guest

      No, it's not the case. Flights are operating normally. I'm sure the cargo business alone makes it very profitable.

  16. Jerry Diamond

    See... Republicans aren't the only xenophobic anti-vaxxers that love baseball and KFC!

    1. Janet Guest

      There are very few anti-Vaxers in Japan compared with the US. Like the rest of the world, they kept politics out of it. And well over 80% of the population is fully vaccinated, unlike the US.

  17. Mantis Guest

    "with the exception of China, most destinations have once again reopened to tourists in some sort of reasonable capacity… except Japan"

    Taiwan (no, it's not part of China) is also still pretty shut off. They won't even allow transiting. Japan has allowed transiting for quite some time already. I transited through Tokyo in December.

    1. Jeffrey Guest

      It is politicized. Period. Excuse to keep out foreigners.

    2. David Diamond

      The Taiwanese people are hardly xenophobic, but the government is absolutely confused. They say they want to live with Covid, but at the same time so many Taiwanese people are risk-averse and the entire situation has been fully politicized, like in the US.

    3. Andrew Diamond

      New Zealand isn't a place either. Their reopening plan actually doesn't include reopening to the broad public for some time...

    4. Matrix.RX1 Guest

      NZ is completely open since May 2nd.

    5. Andrew Diamond

      @Matrix - is that the case? I'm reading the "who can enter page" and it says a visa is necessary to enter, but there's not a scenario defined permitting entry for 'visa waiver countries.' The timeline says that normal visa rules are in place as of this fall.

    6. WuMaoNo1 Guest

      Taiwan is China. Republic of China! ROC claimed all of China just like PRC claimed China. Don’t you change other’s people history. If you want to whitewash your ancestor wrongdoing go right ahead. You’re not the one to judge ROC or PRC. Taiwan is China. They lost the civil war. Plain and simple. Your government made that clear when they admit PRC to the UN.
      If your country is such a free star spangled...

      Taiwan is China. Republic of China! ROC claimed all of China just like PRC claimed China. Don’t you change other’s people history. If you want to whitewash your ancestor wrongdoing go right ahead. You’re not the one to judge ROC or PRC. Taiwan is China. They lost the civil war. Plain and simple. Your government made that clear when they admit PRC to the UN.
      If your country is such a free star spangled awesome with functioning democracy, prove that it would take stance and declare taiwan independent because you’re voice of the people. Not just on the news headlines and antics but in reality. Start an embassy there. Coward. Well that’s NATO for you. No action talk only.

      Also who says taiwanese ain’t xenophobic? Have you seen how they treat the southeast asian? The indonesian or vietnamese domestic workers? Soon probably they will treat mainlander like dogs too just like the hongkong “freedom fighter”

    7. Watson Gold

      Hate to interrupt the propaganda train, but Taiwan is NOT China. It's a fully independent country in every way except official status.

      The lack of official recognition is probably the least bad option, as it avoids a full-on conflict between China and the West, while still allowing Taiwan to operate as an independent democracy. (Note that the US has guaranteed Taiwan's security and provides them with a stockpile of defensive weaponry.)

    8. Johosofat Guest

      Vanuatu and Turkmenistan also remain closed to tourists, among others. Ben's list is hardly exhaustive.

  18. Nate nate Guest

    "dying to return to" is probably a poor choice of words in an article about Covid. Also the same week that the US crossed 1m covid deaths.

    1. Never In Doubt Guest

      You’ve earned your “concern troll” merit badge for the day. Congratulations.

      You can take the rest of the day off.

  19. VerySmartMan Guest

    Remember the time when Japan kept its borders closed for 200 years? Consider this, first off 89% of the population supports the current travel restrictions, in addition, Japan is a very aged island nation, with one third of the population being over 65 and one fourth being over 75, and with the election coming up, politicians will always try to satisfy the elderly to gain popularity and votes. And to many of these folks it’s...

    Remember the time when Japan kept its borders closed for 200 years? Consider this, first off 89% of the population supports the current travel restrictions, in addition, Japan is a very aged island nation, with one third of the population being over 65 and one fourth being over 75, and with the election coming up, politicians will always try to satisfy the elderly to gain popularity and votes. And to many of these folks it’s impossible to imagine a world outside their island. In other words, live life as if Japan it’s not going to open for a long time. And move on.

    1. AVGeekHNL New Member

      I agree. They will open someday but it may be a long time. In the meantime, the government may put in policies that looks like they are making an effort to open.

    2. Vancouver - Char Gold

      Then again, Canada opened her borders to Japan in summer 2021 so thousands of Japanese students, tourists and business-people have been flying back-and-forth between Japan and Canada over the past many months

  20. Never In Doubt Guest

    Many Japanese are xenophobic, note their immigration policies, and are probably happy for any reason to keep foreigners out.

    1. Brodie Gold

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

    2. Joe Guest

      Which immigration policies are you talking about? Pre-COVID, Japanese immigration policies were remarkably easy compared to major Western powers.

    3. Never In Doubt Guest

      @Joe,

      If they’re remarkably easy, then why are there so few immigrants in Japan?

      From Wikipedia:

      “the number of foreign residents (excluding illegal immigrants and short-term foreign visitors and tourists staying more than 90 days in Japan) was more than 2.88 million at the end of 2020.[1] With an estimated population of 125.57million in 2020,[2] the resident foreign population in Japan amounts to approximately 2.29% of the total population.”

      Plenty more at the “Immigration to...

      @Joe,

      If they’re remarkably easy, then why are there so few immigrants in Japan?

      From Wikipedia:

      “the number of foreign residents (excluding illegal immigrants and short-term foreign visitors and tourists staying more than 90 days in Japan) was more than 2.88 million at the end of 2020.[1] With an estimated population of 125.57million in 2020,[2] the resident foreign population in Japan amounts to approximately 2.29% of the total population.”

      Plenty more at the “Immigration to Japan” Wikipedia

    4. Joe Guest

      You might be surprised to learn that the number of foreign residents in Japan has tripled since 1990 even though the total population peaked in the early 2000s and is now on the decline. Japan is way more diverse than it used to be.

    5. Nate nate Guest

      Racist comments like this should be deleted by Ben.

    6. Moodz New Member

      Which racist comments? Pre-Covid, Japan was easy to visit but not immigrate to. Most Japanese don’t want immigration, so the laws are designed to make it not easy to immigrate.

    7. Mantis Guest

      @Nate

      It's racist to point out racism? I think you've jumped the shark.

    8. ConcordeBoy Diamond

      "Racist comments like this should be deleted by Ben."

      Bullshit. Trying being an American Black in Japan... you'll know first hand that this is spot-on.

      Hell, look at how their treated their own homeborn: that Naomi loser in Tennis, until the rest of the world started to see.

    9. Jay Guest

      Japanese are quite racist indeed, just as some Europeans and Americans are. They just don't seem to adjust their racism based on the fact that they belong to different race than most Europeans...

  21. Tim Dunn Diamond

    Most western airlines have reallocated aircraft away from E. Asian countries that are closed so there might not be many additional flights added this summer even if Japan fully opens. There is open space on existing flights but the limiting factor in the amount of seats that will be available for tourism is the lack of aircraft for the summer. Come fall, if Japan and S. Korea remain open, there will be a significant amount of capacity return to the Pacific.

  22. Robert Schrader Guest

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I suspect the "Group Tours Only" phase will be short-lived. First, because most people currently able to travel with ease (Europeans and North Americans) generally eschew group tours. And secondly, because no scrupulous company has been selling Japan tours with May or June departures, given the government's longstanding inertia on reopening. It would take weeks or months to put together a meaningful number of organized...

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I suspect the "Group Tours Only" phase will be short-lived. First, because most people currently able to travel with ease (Europeans and North Americans) generally eschew group tours. And secondly, because no scrupulous company has been selling Japan tours with May or June departures, given the government's longstanding inertia on reopening. It would take weeks or months to put together a meaningful number of organized tours; most would have few participants.

    The best-case scenario, I think, is that the government will heavily publicize the few tour groups that do come in May, talk up how few infections resulted from them, and then reopen visa exemptions for select countries in Europe and North America (plus maybe South Korea, whose government recently made an official request to that end) from June 1.

  23. Chris D Guest

    OOI, do you think the US would have reopened to international tourism if opinion polling in Oct 2021 was the sole determinant? I don’t think it would, personally.

    1. Robert Schrader Guest

      Some foreigners have been so gaslit by the Japanese government that they have started to justify the continued closure, beyond simply understanding the (largely political, even xenophobic) reasons for it. I personally don't give a fuck whether ordinary Japanese people want me in their country, just as I suspect they don't care about the opinions of locals in the places they visit.

  24. Greg Guest

    Japan is a precious, delightful place and residents have an ambivalent view of “foreigners” which adds to the mystique

    1. Darlene Harris Guest

      Totally agree. We moved here in July to Oki and it has been very interesting learning about the culture. Finally flying to the states in June and I really hope there is some easement for just being vaccinated to get back in without all the testing.

  25. skimegheath Gold

    How did Kanye manage to get in?

    1. Robert Schrader Guest

      Money and fame. Celebrities have never been subject to the ban.

  26. Kyokonyama Guest

    Initially it will be open to small tour groups with pre defined itineraries- and if this is successful it will be expanded.
    https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/3cb53ef253aa61bd110a3c75c643696d4fa421ed?fbclid=IwAR3rEaQPIzqF5bvfmUVqEtrjk24SFu62InK1raLvo1QlkdE26ZwMZloM_u8

    The challenge, as you point out, is that the Japanese public broadly support the border closure so this closure is now much more a politically motivated decision rather than a public health motivated one.

    At one end there is a belief that the virus is being imprinted from overseas so limiting...

    Initially it will be open to small tour groups with pre defined itineraries- and if this is successful it will be expanded.
    https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/3cb53ef253aa61bd110a3c75c643696d4fa421ed?fbclid=IwAR3rEaQPIzqF5bvfmUVqEtrjk24SFu62InK1raLvo1QlkdE26ZwMZloM_u8

    The challenge, as you point out, is that the Japanese public broadly support the border closure so this closure is now much more a politically motivated decision rather than a public health motivated one.

    At one end there is a belief that the virus is being imprinted from overseas so limiting arrivals will limit the virus.
    Then at the other side, japan without tourists has made it a very pleasant place. There are not heaving masses of tourists, hotels are freely available (and reasonably priced) domestic travel is easier. The Japanese public like this.

    1. mutaco Guest

      More likely, they will not reopen for visa free travel till after the national diet election in July. Once PM passes that, then he's free to do whatever pleases him without worrying about opinion polls.

    2. Moodz New Member

      I’ve lived in Japan as an expat for close to two decades, and agree with Kyokonyama. There is a belief that foreign tourism would bring back a surge in the virus, even though most of the cases after the border closure were of the returning Japanese themselves who ignored quarantine protocols.

      While the tourism sector has suffered, I’ve heard countless times that it’s nice to be able to walk the streets of Ginza or visit...

      I’ve lived in Japan as an expat for close to two decades, and agree with Kyokonyama. There is a belief that foreign tourism would bring back a surge in the virus, even though most of the cases after the border closure were of the returning Japanese themselves who ignored quarantine protocols.

      While the tourism sector has suffered, I’ve heard countless times that it’s nice to be able to walk the streets of Ginza or visit sights in Kyoto without the loud, obnoxious hordes of tourists (usually referring to one specific nationality that shall remain nameless).

      At the same time, the border closures are a bad thing for all businesses and also Japan’s standing in the world. The world is skipping over Japan and I think the government is finally realizing this, so they know that the borders will need to reopen.

    3. Andrew Diamond

      The good and bad news is that certain nationality you mention still will have closed borders. So reopening tourism may not move the needle as much as businesses hope...

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I am so disappointed that Ben/Lucky would become the propaganda mouthpiece of the People's Republic of China and claim that Taiwan is part of the PRC. NO!!!!!!!!!!!! Ben/Lucky wrote "Why have Japan’s borders remained closed? We’re now well over two years into the pandemic, and with the exception of China, most destinations have once again reopened to tourists in some sort of reasonable capacity… except Japan." Ben can redeem himself by writing...."and with the exception of China and Taiwan" or "and with the exception of the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China..." Taiwan is closed to tourists. Taiwan is not China, at least not the People's Republic of China.

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Watson Gold

@derek: It's probably just an oversight. @jk: Please show yourself out. Taiwan is an independent country in all respects except official status. The entire world (even PRC) knows this.

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