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Okinawa trip offer fails to impress

LOCAL travel agencies are planning new itineraries for trips to Okinawa, Japan, following a new visa policy issued by the Japanese government.

However, individual tourists are showing less enthusiasm for the trip, with some considering the new policy unreasonable.

Travel agencies said they have been told by the Japanese Embassy in China that the country will issue its first multiple-entry visa to individual Chinese tourists from July. But conditions include that the visa holders must first visit Okinawa.

Moreover, applicants are required to earn an annual income of at least 250,000 yuan (US$35,710).

Travel agencies said they have started to promote some Okinawa-bound packages.

But travelers were unconvinced. "The conditions are too strict and I don't think it's necessary for me," said Lily Zhang, a frequent traveler.

Zhang also said the 250,000 yuan requirement was too tough. "They only want rich people," she said.


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