Published on : Friday, March 31, 2017
Japan is thinking about relaxing visa restrictions for tourists from China, hoping for a tourism boom and for lending support to consumer spending. After Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in late 2012, his government has gradually eased and relaxed visa requirements for Asian countries, and this has number of inbound visitors to a record high, which led to increase in hotel construction.
Japanese government sources said that they are considering lowering the prescribed minimum annual income a Chinese citizen needs to obtain a multiple-entry visa to 3 million Yen ($26,983.27) from around 4 million Yen now. According to the source, “We want to announce this policy when the time is right, depending on the pace of increase in hotel accommodation.”
Last year, the number of foreign visitors to Japan rose 21.8% to a record 24 million, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. China was the number one source of foreign tourists visiting Japan, accounting for 26.5% of all arrivals.