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EDITORIAL: About-face on airline bookings deepens distrust in government

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04.12.2021

The government’s retraction of its request to airlines to stop accepting reservations for international flights to Japan is worthy of harsh criticism.

It offers a good reason to say the Kishida administration has failed in its duty to protect the Japanese people.

As part of efforts to prevent a spread of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, the transport ministry issued a request to all airlines Nov. 29 to stop taking new reservations for flights to Japan until the end of December.

The request stirred an outcry among Japanese living overseas and companies with employees on overseas business trips or who are stationed abroad, prompting the ministry to immediately retract it.

This U-turn undermined the administration’s credibility.

Surprisingly, both Kishida and transport minister Tetsuo Saito said they were not informed of the ministry’s decision, which could be at odds with the principle of freedom of movement guaranteed by the Constitution.

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© The Asahi Shimbun


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