Japan PM says COVID situation scary but won’t halt travel subsidy program

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga looks on during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that the novel coronavirus is spreading in Japan. The situation is tense, but that he was not thinking about dissolving the government travel subsidy program.

He added that if the economy worsened, it would be impossible to protect peoples’ jobs. A government expert panel believed that there is little link between the travel subsidy program and COVID infections.

Suga was speaking on a town-hall-style online streaming program.

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