Japan woos Chinese tourists amid rise in arrivals

Tourists from China taking wefies in front of a huge paper lantern at the Kaminarimon Gate of Sensoji temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. Chinese nationals made 8.4 million trips to Japan last year, up 13.9 per cent from 2017, according to the Japan National T
Tourists from China taking wefies in front of a huge paper lantern at the Kaminarimon Gate of Sensoji temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. Chinese nationals made 8.4 million trips to Japan last year, up 13.9 per cent from 2017, according to the Japan National Tourism Organisation. China ranked No. 1 in terms of foreign tourist arrivals.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Chinese businessman John Li's parents fought against invading Japanese troops during World War II and have never set foot in Japan. But Mr Li fell in love with Japan after visiting it and cannot stop going back.

Many elderly Chinese still have vivid memories of Japan's wartime atrocities and recount to younger generations those horrors, which are unambiguous in Chinese textbooks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2019, with the headline 'Japan woos Chinese tourists amid rise in arrivals'. Print Edition | Subscribe