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Japan travel industry faces stark holiday season

Suspension of Go To Travel program elicits shock and resignation

Kimono-clad tourists wearing protective face masks are seen at a temple in Tokyo. The Japanese government's Go To Travel campaign has been suspended for the New Year's holidays, from Dec. 28 to Jan.11.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government's announcement that it will suspend the Go To Travel domestic tourism campaign over rising COVID-19 cases has elicited surprise and resignation from a travel industry preparing for the busy New Year's period.

"We have no choice but to monitor the situation with the reservations and reduce flights as needed," a Japan Airlines representative said.

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