Online Visa Application To Start For Chinese

Online visa application to start for Chinese

The Japanese Foreign Ministry will start accepting visa applications online from Chinese tourists next April.

The ministry says a record 8.38 million Chinese people visited Japan last year, and that 80 percent of the visas the ministry issued were for Chinese visitors.

Ahead of next year's Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, visa applications that are currently being made at the Japanese embassy or consulates will switch to online procedures to streamline operations and make it more convenient for applicants.

Visas that are physically sealed on passports will be replaced by electronic visas to prevent counterfeiting.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono says that while making visa applications easier as part of Japan's effort to promote the country as tourist destination, his ministry will work to strictly screen visitors at entry points.