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Japan to extend nationwide travel discount program

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The government is planning to extend its nationwide travel discount program, which was originally set to end in late December, tourism minister Tetsuo Saito said Friday.

Saito told a news conference that the program will be suspended from Dec. 28 and resumed after the year-end and New Year period. The day of resumption will be announced later, depending on the COVID-19 infection situation.

Meanwhile, discounts under the program will be reduced, with the discount rate to fall to 20% from the current 40% and the maximum discount amount to drop to ¥5,000 from ¥8,000 a night per tourist for tour packages including public transportation services, while discounts for hotel-only stays or single-day trips will be reduced to ¥3000 from ¥5000.

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