An email to the Security Bureau:

 Dear Sir/Madam

I am troubled by the wording of the Travel Alerts that your department has been issuing. For example, your latest Travel Alert says:


It seems to be warning the people of Japan against leaving their country.

Your Engish version conveys the message more accurately, as it contains the word ‘outbound’:

“The HKSAR government today (March 11) issued a red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) for Japan.”

Still, ‘for Japan’ is open to different interpretations, while “for visitors to Japan” would make it very clear.

Can I therefore venture to suggest that the Chinese version be rephrased as something like:


Thank you for your attention.

Paul Sze


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