Japan travel campaign to remain suspended even after emergency lifted

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Japan will continue to suspend its subsidy program aimed at promoting domestic tourism after the government completely lifted the coronavirus state of emergency on March 7, officials said on Sunday.

The resumption of the “Go To Travel” campaign, which some experts say has caused the spread of the new coronavirus across the country, would only come after thorough preventive measures are taken, officials said, adding that the government will carefully consider whether to restart the program in March. in areas where the infectious situation is under control.

Photo taken on a shopping street in Tokyo’s Asakusa district on December 19, 2020 shows a sign promoting the Japanese government’s travel subsidy program. (Kyōdo) == Kyōdo

The subsidy program was suspended on December 28, complicating the government’s efforts to deal with the economic fallout from the pandemic, which has particularly affected businesses in the tourism and leisure sectors, as people were told to refrain. non-essential outings.

The government is expected to end Japan’s second COVID-19 state of emergency on March 7, eventually removing Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures from the list.

But one of the officials said, “It is still necessary to analyze the infection situation in each region. The Go To campaign cannot be restarted immediately on March 8.”

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