The Saturday editions of all national dailies took up Transport and Tourism Minister Akaba’s announcement on Friday that a subsidy program intended to boost domestic tourism, which has taken a hit from the coronavirus, will start on July 22. Under the Go to Travel campaign, the GOJ will subsidize up to 20,000 yen of travel expenses, including accommodations and transportation fees, per person per day. While the GOJ reportedly decided to move up the launch date from early August in response to mounting pressure from people involved in tourism across the nation, the papers said epidemiologists and other public health professionals are concerned that the tourism promotion scheme may end up spreading the coronavirus in view of its recent resurgence.
Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Nishimura told the press on Sunday that close attention should be paid to the rapid spread of the virus in the Tokyo metropolitan area while implementing the tourism promotion campaign. He called for tourists, travel agents, transportation companies, and hotel operators to take maximum precautionary steps.