Swedish gaming streamer PewDiePie, the world’s top YouTube star, has moved to Japan after the country eased its Covid-19 entry rules for some visa-holders.
The 32-year-old has a huge online following on YouTube with 111 million subscribers, but has faced controversy over offensive jokes in the past.
He posted a video this week documenting his arrival with his wife and dogs in Japan, which has some of the strictest virus border controls in the world.
“For so long we doubted whether we could even take this step, and we all went through ups and downs, and obviously it’s been a really long journey,” said the streamer, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg. Is.
“But I really, really appreciate everyone who was supporting our departure … it feels amazing to finally be here.”
Japan has allowed foreign trade visitors, students and other new residents since March but remains closed to tourists, although the prime minister has promised a gradual easing of rules from next month.
Details of who will be allowed to enter and when are yet to be announced, although Japanese media reports say group tours may resume and the government is discussing eliminating COVID-19 testing on arrival .
Japan welcomed a record 31.9 million foreign visitors in 2019 and was on track to achieve its target of 40 million in 2020 before the pandemic hit.
Mr Kjellberg, who previously lived in the UK, said in 2019 he had bought a house in Japan.
The star has landed himself in hot water several times, including videos containing anti-Semitic comments and racial slurs, and was temporarily blocked from Twitter in 2016 after mocking him for joining the Islamic State group.
He also previously said that he was “sick” to hear it after promoting his video before the gunman behind the 2019 New Zealand mosque massacre opened fire.
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