Potential Olympic torch problems in Nagano? All the more reason to target NJ!


Hi Blog. Worried about protests and problems regarding carrying the Olympic torch in Nagano? All the more reason to target NJ! Of course, Japanese never protest… Debito


Nagano hotel association told to check foreign guest IDs ahead of torch relay
Kyodo News/Japan Today Wednesday 23rd April, 05:47 AM JST
Courtesy of Dave Spector and MS

NAGANO —The association of hotels and Japanese inns in the city of Nagano has requested that its members fully check the identifications of their foreign guests prior to the Beijing Olympic torch relay on Saturday as part of efforts to counter suspicious individuals, local officials said Tuesday.

In a notification issued on April 11, the association urged members to thoroughly check the passports of foreign visitors while recording whether they are cooperative, the officials said. It also called for ensuring the safety of guests when the torch relay passes in front of each facility, they said. A 57-year-old manager of a Japanese-style inn said, ‘‘While we are checking identification of our guests on a routine basis, we are worried, to be honest, about all of the reservations, which include some names of foreigners.’’

2 comments on “Potential Olympic torch problems in Nagano? All the more reason to target NJ!

  • I personally liked the front page headline in the Yomiuri prior to the torch run about tighter immigration checks at the airports to keep out potential protestor ‘hooligans’. Wow, those soccer fans sure get around.
    For the record, here at our inn just south of Nagano, on the day of the relay we had the pleasure of hosting an international couple (he: Scottish, she: Chinese). Instead of any ‘efforts to counter suspicious individuals’, I took them and their cute son to the mountain castle above our town for a tour. That’s true Nagano hospitality!


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