Chinese tourists bring cash to Japan's tourism industry
The 14th G20 Summit is set to kick off on Friday in Osaka, a popular destination for many Chinese tourists. CGTN Senior Correspondent Tian Wei went to a very local market to find out how Chinese visitors are bringing cash to Japan's tourism industry.
With a history that spans 200 years, the Kuromon Market is still one of the most popular markets in downtown Osaka. There are 170 shops there, mainly mom-and-pop shops run by families. Yamamoto Sang is one of them. Now in his 70s, he was born and raised on this street. And now, not only does he run his family pickle shop, he also represents shop owners to promote the ancient street.
Yoshinori Yamamoto, chairman of the Kuromon Market Promotion Association, told CGTN that they want to continue to attract foreign customers here. So they have made price tags, pamphlets and maps in foreign languages, mainly in Chinese, in addition to their native language. They have also delivered these items to the neighboring hotels. For now, there are a lot of shops that accept China's popular payment solutions – Unionpay and Alipay.
According to Yamamoto Sang, the street is a favorite destination for Chinese tourists. To satisfy their customers, shop owners here have learned the Chinese language, greet customers in Chinese, and more importantly, earn their credibility through the freshest produce and the best service.
Takamitus Fukai is the owner of a fish shop established by his great-great-grandfather. Speaking of long-term goals, he said that "we are going to be a bigger company, to go global. We want to go to Beijing next."
A visit to the fresh produce market tells us about much more than food. The real fabric of connection has long existed between China and Japan. Business and trade will continue to be one of the strongest bonds between both sides.