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Japan Urges Urbanites to Tour Country, Sparking Virus Fear

  • ‘Go To Travel’ offer brought forward even as Tokyo cases spike
  • Those living outside capital sound alarm on social media
People at the Kusatsu Onsen resort in Kusatsu, Japan.

People at the Kusatsu Onsen resort in Kusatsu, Japan.

Photographer: Soichiro Koriyama/Bloomberg
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A Japanese government campaign to spur domestic tourism has drawn both enthusiasm and ire, with some social media users telling urbanites to stay away from rural areas after Covid-19 cases hit a record high in Tokyo.