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Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Easing of Visa Rules by Japan

Starting in 1 July 2010, the Japanese government began to ease its visa requirements for Chinese tourists. Now, any Chinese who has a gold visa card or annual income of 60,000 yuan (about 800,000 Japanese yen), is able to get a tourist visa to visit Japan. This will make an estimated 16 million more households eligible to get a visa to Japan (Japan Times). This is a big change to treatment of tourists over the past decade.
In September 2000, Japan started to accept Chinese visitors, but only 5-40 people in a group from the Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong Province. In September 2004, the Japanese government also started to permit Chinese tourist from Tianjin city, Suzhou, Zhejiang, Shangdong, and Liaoning Provinces. In 2005, Japan allowed rich people from all of China to travel to Japan. In 2005, Japan also allowed 2-3 people to obtain “family tourist visas” if they had an annual income of 270,000 yuan (about 3,500,000 Japanese yen). In addition, both Chinese and Japanese sides need to accommodate tour guides in the Chinese tourists. Yet, there is almost no Chinese want to visit Japan. In July 2007, the Japanese began to issue an individual visa, not group visa with citizens in Beijing, Shanghai, Guanzhou cities only with annual income 250,000 yuan (about 3,200,000 Japanese yen). In July 2009, Japan began granting travel visas to individual wealthy Chinese (Kyodo News).
The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has landed its biggest tourist group ever – 10,000 Chinese employees and their relatives of Pro-Health, a Beijing-based health product manufacturing and sales company (but the group cancelled their trip to Japan in the middle of September due to the territorial disputes in the East China Sea). Similarly, the South Korean government also announced that it would grant multi-visa for the Chinese tourists on 1 July 2010. Every country is trying to get the rich Chinese to spend their money on tourism. By 27 September, Japan Tourism Agency reported that the number of foreign visitors came to 830,000, breaking the previous record of 757,000 set in 2007.
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