Swine Flu Outbreak Engrish

posted on 29 Apr 2009 in Engrish in the news

The Japanese are very wary of new diseases making the rounds – during the SARS scare, hardly anyone went overseas. Since the new swine flu news hit, authorities have been checking people out at the international airports for fevers using heat sensing equipment:

I also received this photo asking people to turn themselves in (to a “consultation room”). If you were presently traveling in Mexico, I don’t think that you would see this sign in a Japanese airport.

Photo courtesy of Jim White.

  • McBee

    “If you were presently traveling in Mexico, I don’t think that you would see this sign in a Japanese airport.”

    …Maybe it’s a really big sign…? Brightly glowing!

  • ric

    So if I turn up on a flight from London wearing a poncho and a sombrero, maybe coughing occasionally, what are the chances of getting a seat on the train to Ueno?

  • ric

    …in fact that could be the ideal costume for commuting in Japanese rush hour — I could even get a whole carraige to myself…

  • McBee

    I wouldn’t bet on it… When it comes to commuting, the Japanese self-preservation instinct goes right out of the window. Getting to the company on time is ALL that matters.

  • http://OCDaisy.spaces.live.com Figure.10

    Thanks for ruining the joke. 😀

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