SEND ME TO JAPAN!!! Japan giving away 10,000 round trip tickets to Bloggers
(ABC News)–If you’ve ever wanted to visit Japan, this may be your chance. In a desperate attempt to lure tourists back to a country plagued by radiation fears and constant earthquakes, the Japan Tourism Agency’s proposed an unprecedented campaign – 10,000 free roundtrip tickets. The catch is, you need to publicize your trip on blogs and social media sites. The number of foreign visitors to Japan has dropped drastically, since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Power plant in March. Nearly 20,000 people have been confirmed dead, while more than 80,000 remain displaced because of radiation concerns. In the first three months following the triple disasters, the number of foreign visitors to Japan was cut in half, compared with the same time in 2010. The strong Japanese currency has made matters worse. The tourism agency says it plans to open a website to solicit applicants interested in the free tickets. Would- be visitors will have to detail in writing their travel plans in Japan, and explain what they hope to get out of the trip. Successful applicants would pay for their own accommodation and meals. They would also be required to write a review their travel experiences, and post it online. “We are hoping to get highly influential blogger-types, and others who can spread the word that Japan is a safe place to visit,” said Kazuyoshi Sato, with the agency. The agency has requested more than a billion yen to pay for the tourism blitz. If lawmakers approve the funding, Sato says visitors could begin signing up as early as next April.
Umm…sign me the hell up. I will take a free trip to Japan. I could really use a free vacation. I mean, yeah I understand why nobody wants to go to Japan right now. Earthquakes on the reg, their credit rating sucks, and the entire island is like one big x-ray machine. Having said that…it might be a nice break from America. Nobody has a job, our credit rating sucks and hipsters are taking over every major city. It’s really annoying. So if they need influential blogger types to make Japan look like the new hotness I am all in.
There are a couple of things I will need in addition to getting everything for free though. Firstly, if I am going to be like a partial ambassador, then I need full diplomatic immunity. Secondly, I need one of those Geisha girls. Thirdly, I need a baby box turtle. If you think that’s an odd request…you are an idiot. If I am going to Japan, I am coming back with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. I am stealing a car, sticking my geisha in the front seat, and driving 120mph straight to the radiation zone. Then I will get out and let the turtle just walk around nuclear meltdown ooze for a while. Bingo bango, I have my own Ninja Turtle. All in all that sounds like a pretty sweet vacation.
PS: How much would it suck if you went over to Japan, came back with a Ninja Turtle and it grew up to be Donatello. All my friends would come over and be like “lets see your Ninja Turtle!!! What can he do?” Then I would have to tell them “Well…he has this wooden stick thing, but he mostly just hangs around doing math equations and shit”. It’d be so embarrassing. If a kid came over to my house when I was a five and brought his Donatello I would never talk to that kid again. That’s how much Donatello sucked.
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