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Support for Japan’s Suga Falls Following Travel Campaign Reversal | World News

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s approval ratings fell five percentage points to 58%, with many unhappy with his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a poll taken over the weekend by the daily Nikkei newspaper.

The dip in ratings follows criticism over his hesitation to suspend a domestic travel campaign as new coronavirus infections rise, and potentially threatens the chances of his premiership extending beyond next autumn, when his current term ends.

Suga’s approval ratings were at 63% in the previous poll conducted in October.

Respondents who disapproved of the government’s coronavirus countermeasures rose 13 percentage points to 48%, topping the 44% who thought the government was doing well, according to the same poll.

In the survey of 993 people, 61% agreed with the government’s decision to partially halt the domestic ‘Go To’ travel campaign, while 25% said the government needed to do more.

Although Japan has been spared the high incidence of the disease seen in Europe and the United State, infections rates are rising as the cold season approaches, with the nation reaching record numbers of daily cases in recent weeks.

New daily infections surged to an all-time high of 2,684 people on Saturday, according to public broadcaster NHK. The number of deaths stands at over 2,100.

The government has been attempting to keep the coronavirus under control while boosting Japan’s hard-hit economy with a national travel campaign that subsidises tourism.

With new cases rising, the government scaled back on the tourism campaign last week by excluding the two cities of Osaka and Sapporo, but has not suspended the programme in Tokyo, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases.

(Reporting by Sakura Murakami; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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Support for Japan’s Suga falls following travel campaign reversal

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s approval ratings fell five percentage points to 58%, with many unhappy with his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a poll taken over the weekend by the daily Nikkei newspaper.



Yoshihide Suga wearing a suit and tie sitting in front of a curtain: FILE PHOTO: Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference following his confirmation as Prime Minister of Japan in Tokyo


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The dip in ratings follows criticism over his hesitation to suspend a domestic travel campaign as new coronavirus infections rise, and potentially threatens the chances of his premiership extending beyond next autumn, when his current term ends.

Suga’s approval ratings were at 63% in the previous poll conducted in October.

Respondents who disapproved of the government’s coronavirus countermeasures rose 13 percentage points to 48%, topping the 44% who thought the government was doing well, according to the same poll.

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In the survey of 993 people, 61% agreed with the government’s decision to partially halt the domestic ‘Go To’ travel campaign, while 25% said the government needed to do more.

Although Japan has been spared the high incidence of the disease seen in Europe and the United State, infections rates are rising as the cold season approaches, with the nation reaching record numbers of daily cases in recent weeks.

New daily infections surged to an all-time high of 2,684 people on Saturday, according to public broadcaster NHK. The number of deaths stands at over 2,100.

The government has been attempting to keep the coronavirus under control while boosting Japan’s hard-hit economy with a national travel campaign that subsidises tourism.

With new cases rising, the government scaled back on the tourism campaign last week by excluding the two cities of Osaka and Sapporo, but has not suspended the programme in Tokyo, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases.

(Reporting by Sakura Murakami; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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Air Canada Launches Unique Holiday Campaign Celebrating The Gift Of Travel

Air Canada just launched the Gift of Travel, an integrated initiative that pays homage to the actions of community heroes who are making a memorable impact when helping their fellow Canadians during Covid-19. The program focuses on hope and optimism to raise funds and Aeroplan points for Canadian charitable organizations and it also offers people dreaming of travel a new flexible travel pass product.

 “Canadians from across the country have shown remarkable resilience, solidarity and generosity in the face of COVID-19 and we were inspired hearing stories of people who dedicated their time and energy to caring for others, making a memorable impact on other people’s lives. We are proud to launch this campaign with our Gift of Travel video featuring heartwarming stories of community heroes and share the gift of travel through a message of hope and optimism from our employees as we all look forward to brighter days ahead,” said Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer at Air Canada. “We are also proud to continue our long-standing effort through the Air Canada Foundation in supporting communities through its inaugural Gift of Travel auction and the annual Aeroplan Matching Campaign.” 

The Gift of Travel campaign also features stories on Air Canada’s social media platforms that center on the inspirational work Air Canada employees are doing to make a difference in their own communities. 

Gift of Travel Auction

On December 1, 2020 the Air Canada Foundation will launch its first ever online Gift of Travel Auction. The auction will feature an array of more than a hundred unique aviation items, such as special travel-related experiences, including the opportunity to own pieces of aviation history and the chance to fly on an aircraft simulator. Other auction items include an incredible kids’ ride-on airplane and a private dinner with one of Air Canada’s celebrated Canadian Chefs.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Gift of Travel Auction will be distributed by the Air Canada Foundation to Canadian charitable organizations that are focused on the health and wellness of children and youth.

Matching Campaign Week

In addition to the Gift of Travel Auction, the annual Aeroplan Matching Campaign week supporting the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program also returns. The campaign allows Aeroplan members to give the gift of health by connecting sick children to the medical care they need away from home.

From December 7 to December 13, 2020, members who donate Aeroplan points to the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program will double the impact of their contribution with all donated points matched up to 500,000 points. You can read more about the Gift of Travel initiative on the Air Canada website.

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Trump to travel to Georgia to campaign for Republicans in runoff races

President Trump said he will travel to Georgia next Saturday to campaign for the two Republican senators locked in a crucial runoff that will determine which political party controls the U.S. Senate.

Trump made the announcement on a video call with U.S. service members on Thanksgiving in which he again railed against the integrity of the state’s voting system.

“Maybe I’ll go twice,” he said, noting he’d probably draw in a stadium full of supporters in the southern state.

Georgia’s two Republican senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue will face Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in a Jan. 5 runoff. Warnock is a senior pastor at Martin Luther King Jr.’s church Ebenezer Baptist. Ossoff, a former investigative journalist, gained national attention in a 2017 special election for Congress, nearly flipping a seat long in GOP control.

Following Trump’s travel announcement, Loeffler tweeted, “I’m excited to welcome @realDonaldTrump back to Georgia next Saturday for a rally with @Perduesenate & me! We will ALWAYS have his back – and I’m so honored he has outs! #gapol #gasen.”

Despite near-constant praise for Perdue, Trump’s response to Loeffler hasn’t always been as welcoming.

It is no secret that Trump’s relationship with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, started to turn after he appointed Loeffer to former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat. Isakson retired at the end of 2019 due to Parkinson’s disease and other medical challenges.

Loeffler is running for the final two years won by Isakson in 2016.

Trump had wanted Kemp to appoint Rep. Doug Collins to Isakson’s post.

On election night, Loeffler ran in a special election with 20 candidates on the ballot, including Collins and Warnock.

Warnock and Loeffler were the top two performers in that race but because neither won a majority, they will meet again in the Jan. 5 runoff.

Loeffler, 49, and her husband, 65, hold about a $500 million stake in Intercontinental Exchange, which serves as the parent to the New York Stock Exchange. Forbes, which did a deep dive of their finances, estimates Loeffler and her husband are worth at least $800 million.

Loeffler and Perdue have never wavered in their support of Trump and, like the president, has repeatedly pushed the unfounded claim that there was massive voter fraud in Georgia, choosing instead to throw the state’s Republican governor and secretary of state under the bus to keep favor with Trump, who has refused to concede the presidential race to Joe Biden.

Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer told the Washington Examiner he is ready for Trump’s visit and believes it will bring the fractured party together.

“We need the president’s help to win the runoff elections and are delighted that he is returning,” Shafer said Friday. “His supporters here want

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Japan Travel Campaign Sparks Debate on Links to Covid Spread

(Bloomberg) — As the coronavirus resurges in Japan, politicians and experts are growing more divided on the impact that a subsidy program encouraging people to travel is having on the spread of Covid-19.

The popular “Go To Travel” campaign, which discounts trips to boost regions hit hardest by a lack of tourists, is one of the government’s most prized projects for spurring the economy, and has been heavily backed by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.



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Sapporo TV Tower in Sapporo. Japan has removed the Hokkaido capital from a domestic travel promotion campaign.

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But as the country tackles its largest surge in the virus yet, a debate has erupted over whether the program is a main cause for the rise in infections. The risk is that the campaign could be doing more long-term harm than good in a country attempting to balance growing the economy and controlling the pandemic.

On Friday, Suga urged travelers to refrain from using the program for trips originating in Sapporo and Osaka, areas badly hit by the current virus wave. He had earlier scaled back the program but only for travelers headed to these hot spots from other parts of Japan.

The decision followed a record 570 new cases in Tokyo on Friday. As the richest and most populous region in the country, Tokyo’s participation in the program is essential to its success.



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The “Go To Travel” campaign is just one of multiple subsidies promoted to kickstart the economy, with “Go To Eat” and “Go To Event” programs offering restaurant and event discounts. Critical commentary and opponents on social media have mocked the programs as “Go To Hospital” or “Go To Heaven.”

National leaders have been reluctant to scrap the stimulus that has been hailed for injecting trillions of yen into the economy. There have been only 197 infections among the more than 40 million people who have taken part in the Go To program, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said Thursday, and the government hasn’t received reports of hotel workers or others being infected by travelers, he said.

Earlier in the week Suga had denied that Go To Travel was helping fuel the outbreak.

“There is no evidence that the travel program is the main cause” of the surge, Suga said at a parliamentary session on Wednesday, telling the opposition leader, “If you have a better idea, I’m open to hearing it.”

The campaign had been crossing wires with local governments as they begin to implement fresh restrictions to stem the rising number of severe Covid-19 cases in Japan. Tokyo’s governor is urging residents to avoid unnecessary outings, and the government is raising the specter of another state of emergency.

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Suga helped launch the program during the summer surge amid great public concern. In an August interview, he said one reason for the subsidies is to keep hotels and inns afloat to reach the

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Japan Debates Travel Campaign; Astra’s New Trial: Virus Update

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As the coronavirus resurges in Japan, politicians and experts are growing more divided on the impact that a subsidy program encouraging people to travel is having on the spread of Covid-19. AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine looks like it’s headed for an additional global trial as the drugmaker tries to clear up uncertainty and confusion surrounding favorable results in its current study.

New infections in New York reached a seven-month high, while hospitalizations rose to their highest level since June. In Europe, the total number of cases in Germany topped 1 million, and the number of patients in intensive care rose to record levels. Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to do more to rein in the pandemic and called on Europe’s ski resorts to close.

Elsewhere, London will avoid the toughest coronavirus restrictions when England’s partial lockdown ends next week, the number of severely ill French patients in intensive care fell to the lowest level in more than three weeks. Argentines mourning the death of soccer icon Diego Maradona ignored virus restrictions.

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Debate Erupts Over Japan Travel Campaign (10 a.m. HK)

As the coronavirus resurges in Japan, politicians and experts are growing more divided on the impact that a subsidy program encouraging people to travel is having on the spread of Covid-19.

The popular “Go To Travel” campaign, which discounts trips to boost regions hit hardest by a lack of tourists, is one of the government’s most prized projects for spurring the economy, and has been heavily backed by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

U.K. Moves to Get Vaccine Approved Before EU (8:03 a.m. HK)

Health Secretary Matt Hancock asked the U.K. medical regulator to potentially bypass its European Union counterpart and approve the supply of AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid vaccine to speed its deployment.

AstraZeneca Eyes Extra Global Vaccine Trial (8:02 a.m. HK)

AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine looks like it’s headed for an additional global trial as the drugmaker tries to clear up uncertainty and confusion surrounding favorable results in its current study.

The company wants the new test to confirm the 90% efficacy rate that the shot showed in a portion of an existing trial, Chief Executive Officer Pascal Soriot said. It’s favoring that option rather than adding an arm to a separate study that’s already underway in the U.S.

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Trump cancels trip to Gettysburg hotel for a GOP hearing about baseless voter-fraud claims after a campaign adviser tests positive for COVID-19



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  • President Donald Trump canceled a planned trip to a hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for a Republican-organized hearing about purported voter fraud after a campaign adviser tested positive for coronavirus, pool reports said.
  • The president was expected to join his personal defense lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who attended the event despite also being exposed to COVID-19 after his son, Andrew, tested positive.
  • The Gettysburg event is said to be the first of several in battleground states designed to undermine President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the election.
  • Pennsylvania officially certified Biden’s win in the state on Tuesday.
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President Donald Trump canceled a scheduled trip to Pennsylvania on Wednesday to attend a Republican-organized hearing about purported voter fraud after a campaign adviser tested positive for coronavirus, press pool reports said.

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Trump was expected to travel to a hotel in Gettysburg to address the event amid his campaign’s ongoing effort to overturn the 2020 election results, Axios and CNN reported. However, on Wednesday morning, Bloomberg News reported that Trump’s adviser, Boris Epshteyn, had tested positive for COVID-19.

Epshteyn did not attend the Gettysburg event, but he was in contact with Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, last week at a news conference at the Republican National Convention. Giuliani was also separately exposed to the virus after his son, Andrew, tested positive. The former New York mayor attended Wednesday’s event at Gettysburg and was seen speaking indoors without a mask in a tightly-packed room.

If Trump had attended the Gettysburg event, it would have been his first trip outside the Washington, DC, area since losing the general election. Sources told Axios and CNN that Trump was initially expected to join Giuliani at the Wyndham hotel and meet with the state’s Republican-led Senate Majority Policy Committee to discuss alleged “election issues and irregularities.”

State Sen. Doug Mastriano requested the meeting take place amid the Trump campaign’s refusal to give up its court challenges against Pennsylvania’s election results. The battleground state officially certified its results on Tuesday and confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, securing him the state’s 20 electoral votes.

The Gettysburg event is said to be the first of several planned in battleground states designed to undermine Biden’s victory in the election, CNN reported.

Jenna Ellis, an attorney working on the Trump campaign, said the outgoing president’s legal team would not “back down,” even though multiple states, including Michigan and Georgia, have certified Biden’s win.

“It’s in everyone’s interest to have a full vetting of election irregularities and fraud,” Giuliani said in a statement reported by Bloomberg. “And the only way to do this is with public hearings, complete with witnesses, videos, pictures and other evidence of illegalities from the November 3rd election.”

Trump and his campaign continue to insist, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud led to his defeat earlier this month, and Pennsylvania has been at the center of their baseless claims.

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Japan to suspend domestic travel campaign in two cities: minister

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese government is preparing to pause its domestic travel campaign in two cities following sharp rises in COVID-19 cases, the minister handling the government’s coronavirus response said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Passengers wearing protective face masks are seen, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Tokyo International Airport, commonly known as Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan October 23, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

The move would be a blow to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s aim to use the Go To Travel campaign to prop up regional economies, while critics said the programme risked spreading the infection from major cities to the countryside.

Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said he hoped a final decision on the temporary exclusion of the cities of Osaka and Sapporo from the programme could be made later in the day.

“Infections are spreading and medical care is becoming tense, so I think it’s good to act as soon as possible,” Nishimura told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

Nishimura said the two cities would initially be excluded for three weeks, during which time no new reservations could be made under the programme.

Suga said on Saturday the government would suspend new reservations under the Go To Travel programme for trips to hard-hit areas as new coronavirus cases have continued to rise nationally.

Suga has been trying to revitalise the hard-hit economy while keeping the spread of the coronavirus under control.

Osaka city in the west of Japan reported 171 new cases on Monday after seeing a record 286 cases the previous day, a city official told Reuters.

The city of Sapporo in the north reported 140 daily cases on Monday, below a record 197 cases reported on Thursday last week, a city official said.

The capital of Tokyo has seen new infections soar past 500 in recent days, and serious cases reached 51 on Tuesday, the most since a state of emergency was lifted in May.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters that there was a rise in infections among older residents, including cases where people had contracted the virus while eating out and brought it home to their relatives.

Reporting by Daniel Leussink, Chris Gallagher, Jack Tarrant and Rocky Swift; Editing by Kim Coghill and Ana Nicolaci da Costa

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NUP politicians dragged from hotel ahead of Bobi Wine campaign

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The police and army operatives have raided a hotel in Kyegegwa Town and arrested several leaders of the Opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) ahead of campaigns by the leaders of the party in Kyenjojo District.

Mr Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the leader of NUP is scheduled to campaign in the area starting Monday.

Those arrested were members of his Presidential Campaign Advance Team.

They were dragged out of their hotel rooms on Sunday night.

According to NUP leaders, the raid on AMAC Suites Hotel where the NUP politicians were booked, was led by the officer in charge of Kyegegwa Police Station.

 “It is true this happened last night [Sunday] and we are trying to find out where they could have been taken. We don’t know why they were arrested,” Mr Benjamin Katana, one of the NUP leaders said in a telephone interview. 

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Some of the NUP supporters who were arrested include, Mr Warren Akandonda, Mr Jacob Mwesigwa, Mr Abbey Mutebi and a one Hassan.

However, Kyegegwa District Police Commander, Ms Jessica  Naawe said on Monday that  no NUP politician or supporter was arrested on Sunday.

“I don’t have anybody in cells who belongs to NUP. That’s what I can tell you,” Ms Naawe said on phone.

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Adams taps political operative at influential hotel workers union to run mayoral campaign


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Katie Moore, political director of the city’s Hotel Trades Council, will manager Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ mayoral campaign. | Courtesy of Eric Adams mayoral campaign

A political operative at a prominent union diminished by the Covid-19 pandemic has been tapped to lead Eric Adams’ mayoral campaign.

Katie Moore, political director of the city’s Hotel Trades Council, will be campaign manager for the bid the Brooklyn borough president kicked off with a virtual announcement last week.

Adams has also hired Nathan Smith of Red Horse Strategies as his lead consultant and Evan Thies of Pythia Public Affairs to handle communications.

Moore’s move does not automatically signal the union’s plans for the Democratic primary next year, but sources familiar with its political process have said Adams is among the candidates in contention for the endorsement. Maya Wiley and Scott Stringer are also said to be on the organization’s short list.

“This is a critical moment for New York City, and Eric is the leader this city needs to recover from the pandemic, tackle inequality by making our government more efficient and effective and improve quality of life for everyday New Yorkers,” Moore said in a statement.

The hotel workers union has emerged in recent years as one of the most sought-after endorsers for city politicians, despite a small membership relative to other influential labor organizations like 1199SEIU, which represents health care workers. It was instrumental in Corey Johnson’s rise to the speakership in 2017 and Ritchie Torres’ winning congressional bid earlier this year. It also scored several legislative victories under Johnson’s leadership, most notably a bill designed to stymie the proliferation of Airbnb, which poses an existential threat to standard hotels.

The union also stood out as one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s only supporters when he ran a long-shot bid for president last year. It has since been crippled by the pandemic’s slaughter on the city’s tourism industry, casting doubt on the power of its backing.

In 2013, the last time New Yorkers had an opportunity to elect a new mayor, HTC backed former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who lost the primary and is said by those close to her to be considering another run for the office next year.

Torres called Moore “one of the most talented and trusted people you could ever meet in politics.”

“Whether you’re running a political campaign or a labor union, Katie is exactly the kind of operative you want beside you in the trenches of New York City politics,” Torres said.

Moore got her start as an organizer at the now-defunct ACORN, a left-leaning group focused on political organizing. She worked on the 2004 presidential election through America Coming Together before taking a job with 1199, which is widely viewed as the most important labor endorsement in local elections. She was campaign manager for City Council Member Francisco Moya’s Assembly victory in 2010 and joined HTC four years ago.

Adams launched his mayoral campaign with more than $2.1 million in his account

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