Japan to relax visa requirements for Chinese visitors

21 Apr


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.

Japan will ease visa requirements for Chinese travelers on May 8, the Foreign Ministry announced Friday. (Nikkei)

Universal Studios Japan on Wednesday unveiled the world’s largest amusement area featuring the popular animated movie characters the Minions ahead of the area’s official opening on Friday. (Japan Today)

A toll road on Mount Fuji reopened on Thursday after closing for the winter, allowing cars and sightseeing buses to reach the halfway point of Japan’s highest peak. (NHK)

Cherry trees are in full bloom at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan. (NHK)

An estimated 2.2 million foreigners visited Japan in March, marking a record high for the month. The figure is up nearly 10 percent from a year earlier. (NHK)

Narita Airport and 11 other Japanese airports on Saturday started using portable personal identification devices to speed up immigration checks, at a time when the number of tourists from abroad is soaring. (the-japan-news.com)

A tourist train running on tracks of a now-defunct local railway operator in the town of Takachiho, Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, is winning popularity for its panoramic views of nature. (Jiji)

A scenic mountain route running through the Northern Alps in central Japan has fully reopened after a winter break. (NHK)

The new Ginza Six commercial complex was unveiled to the media here Friday, featuring luxury outlets like Christian Dior and Fendi as well as a massive atrium and wide hallways designed to help shoppers relax. (Nikkei)

Japan will introduce bilingual traffic signs in July as visitors surge ahead of Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020. (Japan Times)


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