Japan PM Defends Travel Subsidy Program Amid Virus Resurgence

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Image: Kyodo.

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday defended his government’s decision to continue its economy-boosting travel subsidy campaign, repeating his claim that there is no evidence it caused the nation’s recent coronavirus resurgence.

His remarks at a budget committee meeting in the House of Representatives came a day after the government said it will exclude Sapporo and Osaka from the subsidy program due to an increase in the number of infections in the two cities.

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