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21 Apr, 2013

Japan to mull relaxing visas for S.E. Asian tourists – The Japan Times


The government will examine relaxing visa requirements to encourage more tourists from emerging nations in Southeast Asia to visit Japan, sources in the Abe administration said Saturday.

The move comes as the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has determined it is necessary to lure more travelers from fast-growing economies to attain its goal of increasing the annual number of foreign visitors to 25 million by 2020, the sources said.

The government is expected to consider waiving visas for tourists from Thailand and Malaysia as well as offering multiple-entry visas to travelers from the Philippines and Vietnam, according to the sources.

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