Japan Ends Coronavirus Emergency, Will Subsidize Domestic Travel

By Kurt Stolz on 27 May 2020
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Tourists visiting a temple in Kyoto prior to the coronavirus outbreak

While cautioning that the coronavirus was not gone from Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the end of his state of emergency declaration and urged the Japanese people to continue to adhere to strict social-distancing guidelines.

Health officials there reported just 851 deaths and the government was never forced to implement a lockdown.

The Japan Tourism Agency meanwhile said it is considering an $18 billion campaign to stimulate travel within the country.  The ‘Go to Travel’ program, aimed at the country’s citizens, will offer vouchers of up to ¥20,000 per person that can be used for hotels and restaurants.

The agency struggled to quash rumors that the program would pay half of a foreign tourist’s costs coming to the country.

“The Go to Travel Campaign under consideration by the Japanese government is to stimulate domestic travel demand within Japan after the Covid-19 pandemic and only cover a portion of domestic travel expenses,” it said on Twitter.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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