Japan to issue multiple entry visas to Chinese tourists
2011-June-17 Source: Newsgd.com
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Kazuhiro Tajiri, Consul General of Japan in Guangzhou

Starting from July 1,Japan is to issue multiple-entry visas to individual Chinese citizens with an aim to attract more Chinese to visit the country. 40 Guangdong travel agencies are authorized to provide visa application services.

The list of these 40 agencies is released on the website of the Consulate General of Japan in Guangzhou. Local residents can also call the visa division of the Consulate General for visa information, the phone number is 02083884480-02.

According to Yoshiyuki Uehara, Vice Governor of Okinawa Prefecture, for Chinese tourist with this three-year visa, their first visit to Japan must include at least a night staying in Okinawa. Otherwise the visa will be invalid.

In 2008, Hong Kong Airline launched a direct flight between Okinawa and Hong Kong. Currently, Okinawa has about 50,000 Hong Kong visitors every year. Yoshiyuki Uehara hopes more Guangdong residents will visit Okinawa as the transportation and the visa application is much easier than before.

Wayne Wang, Assistant to President-Cum-Director of Commercial Hong Kong Airline, said they will use A330 for Hong Kong-Okinawa flight starting from June 28. The change will provide 3700 extra seats to meet the tourist boom in the future.

A report by CCTV9 said, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan had aimed to attract 25 million foreign tourists annually by 2020 under its new economic growth strategy. Statistics show that a record number of 390,000 visas were issued to Chinese tourists in 2009 – and the number keeps growing.

And Consulate General of Japan in Guangzhou also saw a visa application boom of 42 percent to a number of 9500 in 2010, said Consul General Kazuhiro Tajiri.

Yoshiyuki Uehara, Vice Governor of Okinawa Prefecture

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