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Japan's tourism subsidy campaign to exclude Tokyo after spike in virus cases: minister

TOKYO -- Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Kazuyoshi Akaba said July 16 that operation of the government's controversial "Go To Travel Campaign" providing travel subsidies to combat the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic would be reviewed.

The campaign, slated to begin on July 22, is likely to be revised to exclude people living in Tokyo as well as trips in and out of the capital. As Tokyo and other places have recently seen a spike in coronavirus infections, voices of concern have been raised from regional areas.

The changes will be discussed by a subcommittee set up to discuss infection countermeasures.

Akaba announced the review to reporters following a July 16 meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the latter's office.

Tokyo logged a single-day record of 286 new cases of the novel coronavirus on July 16. The rise in cases came a day after the capital raised its infection alert to the highest level.


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