J-HOUSE

Helping out people stranded in Tokyo due to COVID-19

Aired: Jun. 25, 2020

Due to the coronavirus crisis, many foreign nationals have been stranded in Japan as flights back to their home countries get cancelled. Guest House Shinagawa-shuku has started to provide free accommodation and support to such travelers. This segment features the voices of people who found themselves in such a predicament and what’s behind the efforts of guest house owner Watanabe Takayuki.

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Guest House Shinagawa-shuku
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Watanabe Takayuki
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Students from the Philippines who got stranded in Tokyo

Viewers’ Voice

With the pandemic situation worsening day-by-day around the world it is always nice to see people helping each other in their time of crisis. With his own experience of being helped when he was a student overseas, the guest-house owner had his opportunity to help the stranded students. His actions and of the community around him who donated supplies are commendable and are a model example of hospitality.

From India

This segment about how stranded Filipino students are being helped by small business owners and surrounding people really got my attention. These are the stories I feel more people need to hear and see. It is was good to see the guest house owner taking initiative in the security of the students. I feel many people are stuck in such scenarios where they have no way to leave but cannot afford to stay. I really wish the students manage to travel back home safely.

From Kenya

This segment got very close to the people involved which I found extremely heartwarming. The guest house owner, Mr. Watanabe, is a hero who helps those stranded students whose flights home have been cancelled and supports them together with local neighbors in a selfless and honest way. Maybe those persons will become a great help for others as well as their experience will stay inside them.

From Austria

More Information

Guest House Shinagawa-shuku Official Website
https://bp-shinagawashuku.com/en/