Japan’s GoTo domestic tourism push stalls amid fears of Covid-19 ‘disaster’

Surge in cases forces the government to create an exclusion zone around the capital and pay out for cancellations

A government-sponsored campaign to revive domestic tourism in Japan has begun in disarray amid fears it could cause a coronavirus “disaster”.

The “Go To” campaign was supposed to help kick start the world’s third-biggest economy, which has seen the number of overseas visitors plummet by 99.9% in recent months because of the pandemic.

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