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Taipei travel agency boycotts Japan market over island row

A boycott against the Japanese travel market initiated by a Taipei travel agency has created no obvious market impact except for some debate over the Internet.

Shun Yi Travel Co. on Songjiang Road in Taipei announced several days ago that it has launched a boycott against the Japanese market.

The firm already suspended tour services to Japanese tourists coming to Taiwan in protest of Japan's "nationalization" of the disputed Diaoyutai Islands.

The company has stopped offering services to Japanese travelers for an indefinite period.

However, there have been no followers in the boycott movement initiated by Shun Yi.

Officials at the Tourism Bureau said this could be the first boycott case in the travel industry related to the disputed islands.

They said they respect the decision of the company and there is no impact on the tourism interchanges between the two nations since all other travel agencies are continuing to provide services.

An executive at a separate travel agency said that Japan is not a major market for Shun Yi, which has been offering travel services mainly related to the Southeast Asian market.

Some consumers called the boycott move "too radical," but others said people should respect the company's business decisions.

Many people in Taiwan are known to have stopped purchasing consumer products made in Japan as part of individual protests against the Japanese government's "nationalization" of the islands.

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