PewDiePie, the world’s most popular YouTuber, has relocated to Japan after the country modified its Covid-19 entry criteria for some visa holders. PewDiePie has a massive internet following, with 111 million YouTube subscribers, but has previously received backlash for insensitive remarks. He documented his arrival in Japan with his wife and dogs in a video posted this week. Japan has some of the strictest border virus restrictions in the world.
The streamer said, “For so long we doubted whether we could even make this move, and we went through all the ups and downs, and obviously it’s been a really long journey. But I just really, really appreciate everyone who was supportive of us going… it just feels amazing to be here, finally.”
The Youtuber has been in hot water before, for anti-Semitic and racial comments in films, and in 2016 he was temporarily barred from Twitter after joking that he had joined the Islamic State group. He earlier expressed his “sickness” after learning that the gunman who opened fire in a mosque in New Zealand in 2019 had promoted his videos before opening fire.