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Individual Chinese tourists specifically planning to visit the three northeastern prefectures hit hardest by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami can now get three-year multiple-entry visas, government sources said. The aim is to attract Chinese with high purchasing power to help fund reconstruction efforts, they added.

Chinese travel agencies are required to certify that a tourist will stay at least one night in one of the three prefectures. Only individual tourists are eligible for the visas, which allow them to stay for 90 days on their first visit. The tourists will be free to stay anywhere in Japan from their second visit onward.

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