April 21, 2017 2:00 pm JST

Japan to relax visa requirements for Chinese visitors

New rules to allow multiple entries for people with higher incomes and families

Chinese tourists shopping in Japan.

TOKYO -- Japan will ease visa requirements for Chinese travelers on May 8, the Foreign Ministry announced Friday.

The government will introduce a three-year, multiple-entry visa that allows Chinese people with "sufficient financial capability" and their families to visit Japan as many times as they like.

The new visa will limit the visa holder's first visit to sightseeing. Visa requirements for expatriate Chinese will also be relaxed, the ministry said.

The new rules are aimed at promoting exchanges between Japanese and Chinese citizens. The ministry also hopes that more visits by Chinese will boost tourism and give a lift to local economies in Japan.

(Nikkei)

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