On October 27, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned to Japan afterhis three-day official visit to China. This was the first visit by a Japaneseprime minister to China in seven years.
According to Japanese media, during the bilateral meetings Japan vowed torelax visa regulations for Chinese visitors.
Both sides also reached an agreement that they hoped to see at least 30,000teenagers from the two countries to participate in bilateral communicationwithin five years, Japan's Sankei News reported.
Japan decided to adopt a preferential policy for undergraduate and graduatestudents, from colleges and universities which are under the direct supervisionof China's Ministry of Education, for a single-entry tourist visa.
However, graduate students will be eligible under the preferential policyonly until three years from the date of passing out from college.
The number of qualified colleges and universities has also been raised from75 to 1,243.
Eligible students can use their education certificates in place of tax andincome documents while applying for a visa.
In addition, for Chinese travelers, who have gained a tourist visa twice inthe last three years, the application process for a multiple-entry visa would bemade simpler.
According to Japan's Sankei News, the new visa policy will be effectivefrom January 1, 2019.