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NAGOYA (Kyodo) Tourism minister Seiji Maehara said Sunday the government will consider granting tourist visas to more individual travelers from China by easing requirements that have been viewed as a barrier to people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

Maehara said during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Shao Qiwei, that he wants to “ease visa requirements further,” mirroring Japan’s interest in boosting the number of Chinese visitors. The number of Chinese tourists to Japan surpassed 1 million for the first time last year.

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