Abe Stops Short of Urging "Bon" Holiday Travel Restraint

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Hiroshima, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stopped short on Thursday of urging people to avoid traveling during the "Bon" holiday period in mid-August amid the recent resurgence of new coronavirus cases.

Abe instead indicated the government's stance of pushing ahead with the Go To Travel subsidy program to promote tourism, which began last month.

Meanwhile, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike urged residents of the Japanese capital on the day to avoid making trips this summer, including to parents' homes, putting her message on a collision course with that of the prime minister and potentially sparking confusion.

"We're not in a situation that requires (the government) to declare a state of emergency immediately over the virus," Abe told a press conference in the western Japan city of Hiroshima, even though the number of new infection cases is surging again nationwide.

"I want to ask people to make sure to take basic infection prevention measures when visiting parents' homes" during the Bon period, he said, noting such measures as avoiding the three Cs of closed, crowded and close-contact settings and not speaking loudly.

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