Japan Issues Multiple Entry Visas to Chinese Tourists
2011-June-29 Source: Newsgd.com
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Kazuhiro Tajiri, Consul General of Japan in Guangzhou

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

According to Yoshiyuki Uehara, Vice Governor of Okinawa Prefecture, Chinese tourists with a three-year visa must stay one night in Okinawa, otherwise the visa will be invalid.

In 2008, Hong Kong Airlines launched direct flights 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 transportation and visa applications are much easier to obtain than before.

A report by CCTV9 said that Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan hopes that 25 million foreign tourists will visit Japan annually by 2020 under the country’s new economic growth strategy. Statistics show that a record number of 390,000 visas were issued to Chinese tourists in 2009.

The Consulate General of Japan in Guangzhou saw visa applications increase 42 percent to 9,500 in 2010, said Consul General Kazuhiro Tajiri.

The names of the 40 agencies issuing the visas can be viewed on the Japanese Consulate of Guangzhou website. Local residents can also call the visa division of the Japanese Consulate General for visa information at 020-8388-4480 ext. 02.

Yoshiyuki Uehara, Vice Governor of Okinawa Prefecture

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