Japan’s Suga to set aside funds to bolster domestic tourism
TOKYO (JAPAN) – The Japanese government is mulling setting aside funds to boost domestic tourism and roll it out in its next stimulus package. This comes as rising infections have stoked concerns about such campaigns.
The draft stimulus package also included a plan to set up a fund to encourage investment in green technology.
The outline underscores Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s resolve to keep businesses open, even as Japan faces a resurgence in coronavirus infections that are quickly filling up hospital beds quickly.
The draft made no mention of the size of stimulus package or its source of funding, which will likely be finalised in the coming days.
Suga has launched several programmes promoting domestic travel and dining outs, as part of efforts to support retailers hit by the fallout from COVID-19.
Critics have blamed the programmes for spreading the pandemic across Japan by encouraging citizens to travel, instead of asking them to stay home.