A group trip to Japan by 1,500 Chinese tourists amid tensions between the two countries over a territorial dispute has prompted controversy at home, but analysts argue that citizens' freedom to travel should not be affected by politics.
People in the city of Yatsushiro welcomed the tourists, who had come to see a fireworks festival, Jiji Press reported.
"I hope their visit will be a chance to melt the snow between Japan and China," the report cited Kiichi Matsuki, head of the Yatsushiro Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as saying.
But the tour, scheduled in 2011, soon became center of debate, with some Web users saying that spending money in Japan at the moment would help boost their economy, which would be unpatriotic.
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(Jiji Press )