The world’s prime YouTube star, Swedish gaming streamer PewDiePie, has moved to Japan after the nation relaxed its COVID-19 entry guidelines for some visa-holders. The 32-year-old has an enormous on-line following, with 111 million subscribers on YouTube, however has confronted controversy over offensive jokes prior to now.
He posted a video this week documenting his arrival along with his spouse and canines in Japan, which has a number of the strictest virus border controls on this planet. “For thus lengthy we doubted whether or not we may even make this transfer, and we went by means of all of the ups and downs, and clearly it’s been a extremely lengthy journey,” stated the streamer, whose actual title is Felix Kjellberg. “However I simply actually, actually admire everybody who was supportive of us going… it simply feels wonderful to be right here, lastly.”
Japan has allowed in international enterprise guests, college students and different new residents since March however stays closed to vacationers, though the prime minister has pledged a gradual easing of the principles from subsequent month. Particulars of who will probably be allowed to enter and when are but to be introduced, though Japanese media reviews say group excursions could also be first to renew and that the federal government is discussing scrapping COVID-19 testing on arrival.
Japan welcomed a document 31.9 million international guests in 2019 and had been on monitor to realize its purpose of 40 million in 2020 earlier than the pandemic hit. Kjellberg, who beforehand lived in Britain, stated in 2019 he had purchased a home in Japan. The star has landed himself in sizzling water a number of occasions, together with over movies containing anti-Semitic remarks and racial slurs, and in 2016 he was briefly blocked from Twitter after joking he had joined the Islamic State group. Kjellberg additionally beforehand stated he was “sickened” after listening to that the gunman behind the 2019 New Zealand mosque bloodbath had promoted his movies earlier than opening fireplace. – AFP