Recently the Yomiuri News reported the following:
The international route connecting Nagasaki and Shanghai in China was revived for the first time in 14 years, and the cargo-passenger ship "Ocean Rose" (30,412 tons) which carried about 200 people who were related to Nagasaki left the Nagasaki harbor on the 3rd.
In operation was the HTB Cruise, the subsidiary of the large-size resort facility Huis Ten Bosch (HTB) in Sasebo of the same prefecture. It was a test operation for a return trip, and would aim at regular service of 2 round trips a week starting from the end of January, 2012. It was expected that it needed 22 hours or more for one way, and the cheapest fare was expected to be about 10,000 yen including food expenses.
The ship would depart at around 10:15 a.m. on the 3rd, and arrive at 1:00 p.m. on the 4th (local time). In the ceremony performed before the departure in the Nagasaki harbor, President Hideo Sawada of HTB greeted "the regularization of service that coincides with the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between Japan and China next year using a ship of friendship with thanks".
Obviously, this sea route could generate more economic ties between the countries. I think more Chinese tourists would visit Japan from Shanghai by sea in future.