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Tokyo residents become eligible for $12.3 bn Go To Travel subsidies

Hoteliers welcome move, but fears remain campaign will aid virus spread

Tokyo's Asakusa's area in September: Japan is aiming to boost its coronavirus-battered tourism industry by allowing Tokyo to join a national travel subsidy campaign from Thursday.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Residents of Tokyo will from Thursday be able to take advantage of national travel subsidies, as Japan seeks to revive its coronavirus-battered tourism industry.

The government is offering 1.3 trillion yen ($12.3 billion) in inducements that cover up to half of applicants' domestic travel spending -- 35% for accommodation and 15% for restaurant and souvenir coupons. The subsidy is capped at 20,000 yen per person per night.

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