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Chinese tourists to get multi-entry visas to Japan's Okinawa

05-29-2011 14:04 BJT

Chinese tourists will be able to visit Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa on multiple-entry visas starting July 1, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Friday.

The top government spokesman told a news conference the government's move to issue such visas aims to increase the number of individual Chinese tourists with sufficient purchasing power to boost the economic development of Okinawa.

Separately, the Japan Tourism Agency said Friday it will invite a 100-member tourism mission from China, led by Shao Qiwei, head of China's tourism administration, to visit Japan from Monday to Saturday as part of efforts to bring back tourists to Japan.

Japan saw the sharpest year-on-year fall in numbers of foreign travelers in April, with those from China dropping by 50 percent, due to the impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and the radioactive leakage at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Editor:Sun Luying |Source: Xinhua

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