Travel campaign starts as coronavirus cases rise
NHK -- Jul 22
The Japanese government is pushing forward with its plan to reopen the economy. It comes as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise across the country.

Part of the government's strategy is the "Go To Travel" campaign. It officially kicked off on Wednesday and offers discounts on transportation and accommodation, and coupons that can be used at tourist facilities and souvenir shops.

A man traveling to Okinawa said the campaign has a lot of benefits and he would like to take advantage of it.

Another male tourist heading to Okinawa said he is excited about his trip but also concerned about the virus.

The number of infections is rising across Japan. Six hundred and thirty-two cases were reported on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Abe Shizo said, "There is no change in the policy of cautiously resuming economic activities with the cooperation of the people. At the same time, we will take thorough measures to prevent infections."

Tokyo has been one of the hardest hit areas. It reported 237 new infections on Tuesday, and is expected to top 10,000 total cases on Wednesday.

The high numbers caused the government to exclude businesses and residents in the capital from taking part in the "Go To Travel" campaign.

22日に始まった「GoToトラベル」から除外された東京の観光業界では、手をこまねいてはいられないと独自の割引を行うところも出てきています。  旅館では22日から来月末までGoToトラベルの割引対象から外された東京都民限定で、宿泊料ほか人力車への乗車や着付けの体験ができるプランを半額にするキャンペーンを始めました。  プロスタイル旅館・小野勇総支配人:「(Q.東京除外されたが?)残念な気持ちはありますけど、着実にできることをやっていきたい」  東京都内の観光業はGoToトラベルの恩恵がなく、小池都知事が都民に対して不要不急の外出自粛を求めたこともあって苦しい状況が続きます。
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