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Japan, China likely to resume travel this month

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 20, 2020
Japan and China are likely to resume travel between the two countries for businesspeople this month as part of Tokyo's efforts to revive its domestic economy, local media reported on Tuesday.
Katsunobu Kato
Japan, China   Katsunobu Kato
"Japan and China are extremely important neighbors to each other and there had been many reciprocal trips before the outbreak of the coronavirus," Kyodo News Agency quoted Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato as addressing a news conference.

Topics: Japan China

"It is extremely important that economic exchanges [between Japan and China] return to a recovery path through the resumption of travel," he added.

Travel between the world's second and third biggest economic powers is expected to resume this month as officials from both countries are discussing ways to reopen their borders for business people, according to the agency.

Last month, the Chinese president and Japanese prime minister agreed in their first telephone call after Japan's premier took office, to continue talks in hopes of achieving a speedy resumption of business travel.