Japan opts not to resume travel subsidy program until at least June

The Japanese government will not resume a subsidy program for promoting domestic tourism until June at the earliest due to concerns over a resurgence of the new coronavirus, even as a state of emergency was lifted for the last remaining area earlier this week, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The government will earmark 300 billion yen ($2.8 billion) as reserves to support municipalities’ own travel promotion initiatives until the “Go To Travel” campaign restarts, the person said.

Photo taken at a shopping street in Tokyo’s Asakusa area on Dec. 19, 2020, shows a signboard promoting the Japanese

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