Japan Announces ‘Enticing’ New $18 Billion Tourism Plan

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Travellers visiting Japan will have half their travel costs subsidised under newly proposed tourism campaign 

The Japanese government has launched a new campaign which is said to offset travel costs by half for tourists visiting the country. The new plan is designed to help attract tourist to the country, which is home to a culture rich in history and traditional arts.

The head of Japan tourism agency Hiroshi Tabata stated the $18.2 billion plan will subsidise 50% of travel expenses, According to The Japan Times.

Mt. Fuji is Japan’s tallest peak at 3,776 Metres.

The country, which has been a popular pick for tourism with its rich history as well as it’s natural and man made landmarks including Mt. Fuji, Osaka castle and the Chūbu-Sangaku National Park which are all top rated tourist destinations.

Despite travel bans to japan still in place and few details of the program being announced, the government is still adamant the program could be in place as early as July. 

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the bold new announcement after lifting the state of emergency in Tokyo following the counties success with battling the coronavirus spread. 

Osaka castle was built in 1586 by famous Japanese warrior and politician Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Prime Minister Abe stated that although the state of emergency status was lifted, it did not mean the pandemic was over and preventative measures should still be taken.

Japan faced one of the biggest virus outbreaks outside of Mainland China when the coronavirus swept through the Diamond princess. The Mega-ship arrived at Yokohama on the 3rd of February with 3711 passenger trapped onboard, 1281 of which were Japanese Nationals. A total of 715 passenger including crew members were infected with the coronavirus.

To date, the country has 16,469 COVID19 cases with 858 fatalities. Considering Japan is home to over 126 million people. The country has proven its ability to combat deadly viruses quickly and strategically which resulted in far less cases.