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Sea row putting Chinese tourists off trips to Japan

09-21-2010 17:02 BJT

BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- More and more Chinese are canceling or postponing going on holiday to Japan as the island nation continues its illegal detention of a Chinese trawler captain.

The Pro-Health (China) Co. Ltd., a Beijing-based company manufacturing health food and skincare products, has announced it has canceled a group tour to Japan next month for 10,000 of its employees.

"The decision won the support of more than 90 percent of the company's employees," Wu Xuecheng, vice general manager of Pro-Health, told Xinhua Tuesday.

"Japan's illegal detention of the Chinese boat captain has severely hurt Chinese people's feelings. Our dignity has been taken away. I don't know what our employees would feel if they toured in Japan," he said.

The company would repay the travel agency any losses it incurred from the cancellation, including visa fees, round-trip air tickets and hotel deposits, Wu said. The losses were estimated at more than 20 million yuan (3 million U.S. dollars).

"We have planned the group tour for more than a year. But now, we hope to take practical action to safeguard the nation's dignity," he added.

"I resolutely support the company's decision. The national interest should be placed above everything. We shall never step back on issues of sovereignty," said Ma Haixing, a company employee.

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