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.
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.
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.
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.
Guest House Shinagawa-shuku Official Website