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The transport ministry on Tuesday unveiled special transportation discounts for overseas tourists during the World Cup soccer championships, which start May 31.

In cooperation with Japan’s three major airlines, the government will offer a single domestic flight to anywhere in Japan for 6,300 yen, half the usual 12,600 yen.

The Japan Railway group will sell a five-day train pass for unreserved seats on any JR line for about 20,000 yen, the land, infrastructure and transport minister said. That compares to the standard seven-day Japan Rail Pass that foreign tourists can buy for 28,300 yen.

Another five-day, 6,000 yen rail pass will allow holders to take any train between Saitama Prefecture, Kashima in Ibaraki Prefecture, Yokohama, Tokyo and Narita airport.

Fares for jet foils linking Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, and Pusan, South Korea, will be discounted 20 percent for foreign travelers. The jet foil link is operated by the JR group’s Kyushu Railway Co.

Japan and South Korea are cohosting the event.

The land ministry, also in charge of tourist industry promotion, sees the tournament as an ideal opportunity to stage public relation campaigns to boost interest in Japan.

The ministry will organize about 400 rental cars with 20 percent tollway discount rates near Narita airport, Kansai International Airport and other other cities hosting games. Japanese travelers will be able to use the cars.

The cars will be equipped with transponders for an electric toll collection system on expressways, which the land ministry is currently trying to promote.

Airwaves surveillance

The government will bolster its surveillance of airwaves for the upcoming World Cup soccer finals to prevent the hijacking of important frequencies, including those used for TV broadcasts and for security-related wireless communications, telecommunications ministry officials said Tuesday.

The ministry will deploy vehicles to monitor radio waves at the 10 stadiums hosting World Cup matches in Japan, and staff will be posted inside stadiums during games to immediately track down the source of any disruption, the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications said.

The disruption of live broadcasts would have a “very big impact around the world” and monitoring will be round-the-clock, an official said.

The ministry will work closely with police as potential saboteurs could be armed, the officials said.

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