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Irked tourists skip Japan

09-26-2010 08:56 BJT

The recent tension between China and Japan in the wake of the latter's detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain has prompted some travelers to change their travel plans.

"Around 10 customers are considering canceling their trips to Japan next month," a travel agent surnamed Wang at China M&R Tours told the Global Times.

"We'll possibly call off some group trips if we fail to gather enough tourists," he said. "We've already cut the original offer by 300 yuan ($44.76) trying to lure more customers."

The price for a six-day trip in October was approximately 5,000 to 6,000 yuan ($746 to 895.20). In order for a trip to be acceptably profitable, one group must include at least 20 tourists, according to Wang.

Last Saturday, around 50 people held a peaceful protest outside the Japanese embassy in the capital, calling on Japan to "get out of the Diaoyu Islands". Friday, Japan announced that the captain would be released, though it was not specified when.

"I won't go to Japan for tourism because they treat our people badly," said Cui Zhijie, a real estate company worker.


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