[Japon] Japan’s Go To Travel plan spurs fears of ‘man-made’ COVID disaster

Auteurs : Eri Sugiura, Nikkei staff writer

Production : Nikkei

Diffusion : site de Nikkei Asian Review

Date : 21 juillet 2020

As Thailand and Taiwan seek to boost tourism, Tokyo residents barred from scheme

NIKKO, Japan — Masaki Hirano, a hotelier in Japan’s historic city of Nikko, is facing a wave of cancellations from guests in Tokyo. Due to begin on Wednesday, a government plan offering 1.3 trillion yen ($12.6 billion) of travel subsidies aimed at helping coronavirus-battered local economies was scaled down last week. A surge of infections in Tokyo — cases hit a daily high of nearly 300 on Friday — prompted the government to exclude residents of the capital and those traveling there from using the initiative.

Source : Eri Sugiura, « Japan’s Go To Travel plan spurs fears of ‘man-made’ COVID disaster », Nikkei Asian Review, 21/07/2020. URL : https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Asia-Insight/Japan-s-Go-To-Travel-plan-spurs-fears-of-man-made-COVID-disaster (consulté le 21/07/2020)

Photo « à la une » : A hotel worker wearing a protective face mask and goggles is seen through a plastic partition at the reception desk of Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi Premier in Tokyo on June 26. © Reuters

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