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Gov't set to inject extra funds into Japan's popular 'Go To Travel' campaign: minister

The building housing the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is pictured in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. (Mainichi/Kazuo Motohashi)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is preparing to distribute additional funds for the "Go To Travel" tourism subsidy campaign to business operators, after some booking sites announced they would lower the upper limits on discounts under the program as budgeted funds appear to be drying up.

    Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Kazuyoshi Akaba announced the planned move in a news conference on Oct. 13.

    The Go To Travel campaign offers to cover up to 35% of accommodation expenses per person per night to an upper limit of 14,000 yen (roughly $133). On Oct. 9, the booking sites Jalan, Ikyu.com and Yahoo Travel announced that they would lower the upper limit of the discounts to 3,500 yen (roughly $33). Their move apparently comes as users of the campaign have surged and the campaign funds allocated to business operators have been running low. The ministry had accordingly been considering a response.

    (Japanese original by Tsuyoshi Kosaka, Business News Department)

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