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Dreams of sushi, amazing electronic signage, and bustling street life buzzed through many heads when reports emerged that Japan would launch a program to stimulate its tourism industry. The plan would pay visitors up to half — half! — of their trip costs!

Amazing, right?!

But let’s not pack our bags yet, my friend.

The Japan Tourism Agency straightened some things out yesterday morning:

According to The Independent:

A spokesperson for the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) in London said: “The Go to Travel campaign run by Japanese government and Japan Tourism Authority (JTA) is a non-JNTO campaign focused on revitalising the domestic tourism market.

“Currently, this means initiatives such as this will be aimed at people living in Japan only, and not overseas visitors. Support will be offered to cover a proportion of domestic travel expenses.”

Plus, the proposed travel vouchers are capped at 20,000 yen per person — which is about $185.

Unless one did a trip on miles and points, $185 wouldn’t do much — especially in a major city such as Tokyo.

However, Rene’s Points readers living in Japan who want to travel within the country may be able to take advantage of this initiative.

— Chris

H/T: Forbes

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