Opposition parties propose support for tourism

Japan's largest opposition party has drawn up a set of emergency support proposals for the tourism industry. It's calling for a new cash handout for businesses in the sector as the coronavirus pandemic drags on.

The Constitutional Democratic Party says the industry has been hit hard by the repeated states of emergency and government support is insufficient.

The party's proposals also include an extension until the end of March for an emergency subsidy to retain workers. The subsidy is set to expire at the end of November.

The party also plans to ask the government to beef up PCR testing programs for both tourism workers and tourists.

Officials say giving a sense of assurance for travel is essential both for tourism promotion and containing the virus.

Another opposition party, the Democratic Party for the People, is also proposing steps to prop up the industry. It is calling for the swift introduction of a digital certificate for coronavirus vaccination and negative test results that tourists can display on their smartphones when using hotels and other facilities.