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Tourist guidelines for visiting Japan suggests belching and spitting in public are not respectful behavior

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  • 2016

If you’ve ever traveled to a foreign country, you are probably aware of the differences in culture, etiquette and mannerisms. Luckily, traveling to Japan has been made easy. Tourists now have access to an illustrated pamphlet explaining respectful behaviors and cultural expectations.

The pamphlet, originally written only in Chinese, was produced by the Hokkaido Tourism Authority in response to the large number of reported issues with Chinese guests.

The original pamphlet, which included cartoon animations accompanied with large red crosses, caused controversy among Chinese people, who claim it is unfair to attribute all these behaviors to all Chinese.

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Recently, a revised edition of the guidelines released with the title “The Travelers Etiquette Guide to Hokkaido” was published in both Chinese and English.

The guide specifically cautions visitors against stealing restaurant cutlery, being late to appointments, wearing room wear in hotel common areas, spitting and breaking wind or belching in public.
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The guide refers specifically to behaviors which are commonly seen in China and warns against throwing toilet paper in the bin, rather than flushing. It also recommends opening products in a store to check for any defects.

It seems as if even the Chinese are aware of the bad behavior of their own Chinese nationals. The Chinese government has a public list of Chinese people who have brought shame or embarrassment to their country while abroad. The problems involve fighting on airplanes and punching Japanese cashiers.

Around 85,000 copies of the guide have been printed and sent to tourist spots around the Hokkaido area.

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