Japan to ease visa rules for more ASEAN countries

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japanese-visaAfter relaxing visa rules for tourists from Thailand and Malaysia, Japan plans to also ease visa requirements for Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos by the end of 2013 as part of efforts to boost tourism in order to promote the country’s economic growth strategy, government sources said on September 25.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to unveil this plan at the same time when he announces his decision to lift the nation’s sales tax rate to 8 per cent from the current 5 per cent from April 2014, they added.

As part of its growth strategy crafted in June as one of the “three arrows” of “Abenomics” – the other policies being drastic monetary easing and massive fiscal spending -, Abe’s administration pledged to ease visa requirements to encourage more foreigners to visit Japan.

In July 2013, Japan exempted short-stay tourists from Thailand and Malaysia from having to obtain a visa. The government is considering allowing the issuance of multiple-entry visas for visitors from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, the sources said.

However, there seems to be some misuse by job brokers in Thailand who benefit from the new regulation.

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After relaxing visa rules for tourists from Thailand and Malaysia, Japan plans to also ease visa requirements for Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos by the end of 2013 as part of efforts to boost tourism in order to promote the country’s economic growth strategy, government sources said on September 25.

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japanese-visaAfter relaxing visa rules for tourists from Thailand and Malaysia, Japan plans to also ease visa requirements for Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos by the end of 2013 as part of efforts to boost tourism in order to promote the country’s economic growth strategy, government sources said on September 25.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to unveil this plan at the same time when he announces his decision to lift the nation’s sales tax rate to 8 per cent from the current 5 per cent from April 2014, they added.

As part of its growth strategy crafted in June as one of the “three arrows” of “Abenomics” – the other policies being drastic monetary easing and massive fiscal spending -, Abe’s administration pledged to ease visa requirements to encourage more foreigners to visit Japan.

In July 2013, Japan exempted short-stay tourists from Thailand and Malaysia from having to obtain a visa. The government is considering allowing the issuance of multiple-entry visas for visitors from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, the sources said.

However, there seems to be some misuse by job brokers in Thailand who benefit from the new regulation.

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