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Japan immigration

Less paperwork for Chinese visitors as Japan allows online visas

Government launches digital services to take pain out of bureaucracy

Applying for Japanese visas will be less cumbersome for some tourists from next year.

TOKYO -- Foreign travellers will be allowed to apply online for visas needed to visit Japan starting next fiscal year, part of a government initiative to make bureaucratic procedures paperless and more convenient, Nikkei has learned.

Citizens of China and other countries that send many visitors to Japan will be eligible for the program. Currently, visitors from 68 countries and regions, including the U.S., U.K. and South Korea, are exempt from the visa requirement. But those from such nations as Russia and Brazil need to acquire visas.

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