‘Go To Travel’ discount cuts stir confusion in Japan as booking sites use up budgeted funds

a group of people walking on a city street: Hanamikoji Street in the Gion district of Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, western Japan, is seen bustling with visitors on Oct. 3, 2020, during the first weekend after the government's "Go To Travel" campaign subsidies were made applicable to Tokyo. (Mainichi/Ai Kawahira)

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Hanamikoji Street in the Gion district of Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, western Japan, is seen bustling with visitors on Oct. 3, 2020, during the first weekend after the government’s “Go To Travel” campaign subsidies were made applicable to Tokyo. (Mainichi/Ai Kawahira)

TOKYO — Concerns that the Japanese government’s “Go To Travel” subsidy campaign that aims to spur domestic tourism could cause public confusion arose after major hotel booking

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Australia in Talks With Japan, South Korea on Reopening Travel

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Australia has held discussions over plans to reopen international travel with nations including Japan, South Korea and Singapore, though remains cautious over easing measures to combat Covid-19, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Talks in the past week have also included some South Pacific nations and would build on an existing agreement to allow New Zealanders to visit parts of the country without having to undergo quarantine, Morrison

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Australia in Travel Talks With Japan, Korea as Coronavirus Cases Ease | World News

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia is in talks with Japan, South Korea, Singapore and South Pacific nations on reopening travel as coronavirus infections ease, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday.

Australia shut its borders in March to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and is looking to revive tourism to help pull the country out of its first recession in nearly three decades.

While Australia has managed to contain

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Japan to ease curbs on short-term business travel with Vietnam – Yomiuri

A woman rubs her hands with sanitizer at a check-in counter amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan June 4, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and Vietnam will allow short-term business travel with each other as they aim to boost their economies following travel curbs to rein in the coronavirus, the Yomiuri daily said on Saturday.

The pact, which will take effect

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Japan May Need to Consider Compiling Third Extra Budget: Senior LDP Lawmaker | Investing News

By Kaori Kaneko and Izumi Nakagawa

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan may need to consider compiling another extra budget to help its economy if the current reserve fund is not enough to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, a senior ruling party lawmaker said on Friday.

Hakubun Shimomura, the policy research council chief for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said the reserve would likely be enough to cover support for the economy

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A theme park in Japan is offering a ‘workation’ package that allows people to work remotely from its Ferris wheel

Yomiuriland reopened in June and is now offering the chance for Japanese residents to work remotely. Eugene Hoshiko/AP

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Yomiuriland reopened in June and is now offering the chance for Japanese residents to work remotely. Eugene Hoshiko/AP

  • Yomiuriland in Tokyo, Japan has announced that it will be offering an “Amusement Workation” package.
  • Starting at 1,900 yen ($17.94), it is available from October 15 and will allow visitors to work poolside with access to outlets and WiFi.
  • It even includes an hour on the Ferris wheel, and
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Fairfield by Marriott Doubles Its Footprint In Japan With Eight Hotels Slated To Open Across Four Prefectures

The new hotels will be located at distinct roadside ‘Michi-no-Eki’ destinations inspired by rural landscape, emerald mountains and historic sites, showcasing local beauty to travelers

TOKYO, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International today announced the planned openings of eight new Fairfield by Marriott properties in Japan, highlighting a vast expansion that more than doubles the size of the brand in the country. Sekisui House, a renowned Japanese

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Japan Budget Requests Hit Record of $997 Billion, Fuelled by Pandemic Spending | Investing News

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s ministries have asked for a record $997 billion in initial budget for the next fiscal year, the finance ministry said, as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s new government juggles the need to rein in the pandemic and revive the economy.

The general account spending requests for the fiscal year that begins next April totalled 105.4071 trillion yen ($996.85 billion), exceeding the previous high of 105 trillion sought

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Japan Airlines aims for discount network to capture post-coronavirus tourism

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TOKYO, Oct 7 (Reuters)Japan Airlines 9201.T wants to create a low-cost carrier network with three of its discount carriers to tap leisure travel that, unlike business travel, could rebound as the coronavirus wanes, the company president said on Wednesday.

“Aviation won’t return to what it was before and business travel demand could even shrink further. One of our targets is tourism,” Yuji Akasaka told

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Japan plans to resume short- and long-term travel with South Korea

South Korea is likely to become the second country after Singapore to establish a business travel bubble with Japan, which applies to both short- and long-term trips. Nikkei reports that the agreement could be finalised as early as this week, where travellers on a short-term business trip would be able to forego a two-week quarantine period.

Long-term business travellers, however, will still be required to observe two weeks in isolation

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Japan to restart business travel with South Korea – Nikkei

TOKYO, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Japan and South Korea are likely to agree as early as this week to restart short- and long-term business travel between the two countries, the Nikkei reported, in a move aimed at helping their economies following travel curbs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Short-term visitors will not need to quarantine if they show proof of a negative coronavirus test and provide a travel itinerary upon

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AirAsia Ceases Operations in Japan as Covid-19 Wipes Out Travel

(Bloomberg) — AirAsia Group Bhd. will cease operations in Japan immediately as it tries to reduce cash burn amid the coronavirus outbreak that’s wiped out travel demand globally.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: An AirAsia Japan Co. aircraft taxis at Narita Airport in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

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An AirAsia Japan Co. aircraft taxis at Narita Airport in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

AirAsia Japan has stopped operations as of Monday, Southeast Asia’s second-biggest budget carrier said in a statement. That will help the parent conserve cash. Further

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Japan Begins to Reopen Its Borders for International Travel

Japan plans to begin lifting its pandemic-related international travel restrictions Oct. 1, starting by welcoming foreigners with approved long-stay visas, Nikkei reports. Nikkei said the government plans to prioritize entrance for people traveling from countries where the spread of COVID-19 has been limited, a list that includes Australia, New Zealand, and Vietnam.

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Japan has reported 83,000 cases of COVID-19

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Japan Opening Travel From Singapore For Essential Business Purposes – Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Japan Opening Travel From Singapore For Essential Business Purposes

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In a joint press statement with the Indonesian
government, starting September 18 the Japanese government will
begin accepting requests for travel for essential business purposes
and official travel to and from Singapore.

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Japan Wants People to Take Working Vacations to Its Stunning National Parks

As Japan adjusts to the new WFH coronavirus norm, national parks across the country are adapting and luring office workers back to nature.

a large tree: Autumn at Lake Chuzenji in Japan's Nikkō National Park.

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Autumn at Lake Chuzenji in Japan’s Nikkō National Park.

Several Japanese national parks have added Wi-Fi access points and assembled rentable workstations at hotels and campsites, with support from the Japanese Environmental Ministry.

“We want people to engage in remote work while relaxing in

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Singapore and Japan to launch ‘green lane’ for business, official travel on Sep 18

SINGAPORE: Singapore and Japan will launch a “reciprocal green lane” to facilitate essential business and official travel between the two countries on Sep 18, their foreign ministers said on Friday (Sep 11) in a joint press statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

“The business track, which will be launched on Sep 18, 2020, will facilitate essential business and official travel for residents from both countries,” said the

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Singapore and Japan agree to resume essential business travel; officials tasked to finalise agreement by September: MFA

SINGAPORE: Singapore and Japan have agreed to resume essential business travel, with an agreement expected to be finalised by early September, the two countries said on Thursday (Aug 13).

In a joint statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan and his Japanese counterpart Motegi Toshimitsu said they welcomed “ongoing negotiations” on the setting up of a special “Residence Track” as early as

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