The Japanese criticize Taiwan's dirty streets, water

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau decided to invite Japanese retired people to visit Taiwan as part of a Long Stay program, inviting them to stay not just for a few days or a week, but a good 3 month stay as tourists. The bureau had lots of media attention about this program last year when it got started and now this:

as seen on TV news today and in the papers as well, CHina Post has a good story today as does the Liberty Times (headline: LONG STAYS = NO STAY)…

Turns out that one Japanese couple HATED their stay, stayed only one month in Puli, quitting the program before the 3 month period was over, and telling reporters that:

Puli was full of garbage on the streets, air pollution from cars, dog shit everywhere, noisy neighbors, undrinkable tap water, no dish dryer in house, no clothes dryer in house, they hated Taiwan’s hospitality and good riddance, we’re going back to Japan.

I will post POST link:
chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/deta … 8521&GRP=B

So much for the ROC Tourism Bueau’s well thought out plans…

"Japanese couple pooh-pooh Puli"was the headline…

A Japanese couple, the first foreigners to stay in Puli on a Long Stay visa, yesterday cut their three month stay short and left after less than a month, full of complaints about the region.

The couple surnamed Nakamura, left after two weeks of stay in a Puli township, said there was nothing good about it, citing issues such as air pollution and water quality.

… the couple soon had a complete change of heart, bitterly criticized Puli and said they felt cheated.

They said there were too many motor exhaust fumes and the Taiwan government should be subsidizing a electric trams and trains. They also said there were too many dog droppings on the pavement, which could spread disease.

In addition, they complained their apartment was too humid and had no clothes dryer and plate dryer. They also said tap water was not suitable for drinking.

TAIWAN REAX:

“This has not only insulted the ‘Yuanpao residences’. It has also insulted the people of Puli and even of Taiwan,” Mr Taiwan said.

lol

If the Tourism Bureau was up to snuff, they would have long ago allowed the waiting mainland tourists to visit Taiwan, instead of starving themselves of tourism dollars and being forced to aim too high.

Now these days, there are still mainland Chinese tourists who would find the condition as described just fine, but the Tourism Bureau had better act fast, before the rising standard of living of mainlanders makes Taiwan a backwater to them, too. Who’s gonna visit then? Vietnamese? North Koreans?

Taiwan JAI YO!

They shouldn’t be too surprised, the Taiwanese government were told about the state of the environment years ago.

well, if not else, this news story, which got big play nationwide on TV today, and big layout in the Liberty Times, maybe in addition to giving everyone a good laff, maybe:

  1. Taiwan will start to clean up its act
  2. environment
  3. water
  4. streets
  5. garbage

and most of all, since none of the above will happen soon, maybe just maybe this kind of public black eye will help make Taiwan people, more Taiwan people, more aware of polluting the environment and throwing garbage outside on the street and not caring about throwing junk out of car windows etc.

It takes a miracle. Maybe this Japanese slap in the face will help. In a very infinitesimal minor way.

but it’s funny if nothing else! Those prim and proper Japanese! Get over it, Yamato!

red carpet treatment or no, i would figure the chances of an elderly couple from a more developed nation being plopped down in podunk taiwan and freaking out a bit after a month were pretty high. probably not the best thought out plan.

xactly!

Japanese just don’t understand Taiwanese culture.

Reliving the glory days down on Minshen Dun Lu and Linsen Bai Lu? Hmmmm…

well, if not else, this news story, which got big play nationwide on TV today, and big layout in the Liberty Times, maybe in addition to giving everyone a good laff, maybe:

  1. Taiwan will start to clean up its act
  2. environment
  3. water
  4. streets
  5. garbage
    [/quote]

Yes, they should start, because these problems were’t there before those snooty Japanese came! huffhuffhuff

:unamused:

IMHO, the government should invite MORE Japanese over to complain. Recall that Taipei was festering in shit and garbage when a German politician asked, “Why is it so dirty here?” to either Mayor CSB or Ma.

Shame works.

I think that could be my companies new motto :smiley:

Ya…good suggestion JD. Bring the reformers (Germans and Japanese) over to see where their work failed.

Most foreigners living in Taiwan in the 19th century were more than happy when the Japanese in invaded. The Japanese cleaned up the place.

My cynical/sarcastic point exactly.

They come for the hookers in Linsen North Road…ever go to the hotel lobby in the morning at the Regent Hotel there? Japanese businessmen with their Taiwanese honeygirls…breakfast time!

They come for the hookers in Linsen North Road…ever go to the hotel lobby in the morning at the Regent Hotel there? Japanese businessmen with their Taiwanese honeygirls…breakfast time![/quote]

tee hee The Glory Days.

They come for the hookers in Linsen North Road…ever go to the hotel lobby in the morning at the Regent Hotel there? Japanese businessmen with their Taiwanese honeygirls…breakfast time![/quote]

Count the Hookers–that sounds like a fun, family game for Sunday brunch at the Regent.

[quote=“Cola”]They said there were too many motor exhaust fumes and the Taiwan government should be subsidizing a electric trams and trains. They also said there were too many dog droppings on the pavement, which could spread disease.

In addition, they complained their apartment was too humid and had no clothes dryer and plate dryer. They also said tap water was not suitable for drinking. [/quote]
They sound like good candidates to join Forumosa. Perhaps Maoman should send them invitations? :smiley:

They’re just upset 'cos Taiwan is chasing (or is that sniffing?) their fragrant monkey tail…

refer to thread on hahaha America…