Thais abuse visa-free entry to Japan for illegal work

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Japan-VisaOriginally, the newly introduced tourist visa waiver for Thai (and also Malaysian) citizens was meant as a measure to boost tourism to the East Asia country, but it went (partly) wrong.

According to a report in Thai newspaper Matichon, the 15-day visa-free entry for Thais has been used by some as a channel to seek illegal work in Japan. The incidents seemingly happen to an extent that Thai ambassador to Japan, Thanatip Upatising, has warned that this could “affect Thailand’s relationship with Tokyo.”

According to the ambassador, job brokers in Thailand were offering Thais illegal work in Japan and charging them about 300,000 baht ($9,300). If these people were caught working illegally they would be deported and fined a large amount, in addition to losing the money they paid to the broker.

He added that “Tokyo may have second thoughts about the visa” if Thais were not respecting the visa-free privilege and abuse it.

People from the relatively poorer northeastern Isaan province in Thailand are mainly targets for job brokers arranging illegal entry and work in Japan. They were often approached by village chiefs or officers from administrative organisations working on behalf of the brokers.

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Originally, the newly introduced tourist visa waiver for Thai (and also Malaysian) citizens was meant as a measure to boost tourism to the East Asia country, but it went (partly) wrong.

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Japan-VisaOriginally, the newly introduced tourist visa waiver for Thai (and also Malaysian) citizens was meant as a measure to boost tourism to the East Asia country, but it went (partly) wrong.

According to a report in Thai newspaper Matichon, the 15-day visa-free entry for Thais has been used by some as a channel to seek illegal work in Japan. The incidents seemingly happen to an extent that Thai ambassador to Japan, Thanatip Upatising, has warned that this could “affect Thailand’s relationship with Tokyo.”

According to the ambassador, job brokers in Thailand were offering Thais illegal work in Japan and charging them about 300,000 baht ($9,300). If these people were caught working illegally they would be deported and fined a large amount, in addition to losing the money they paid to the broker.

He added that “Tokyo may have second thoughts about the visa” if Thais were not respecting the visa-free privilege and abuse it.

People from the relatively poorer northeastern Isaan province in Thailand are mainly targets for job brokers arranging illegal entry and work in Japan. They were often approached by village chiefs or officers from administrative organisations working on behalf of the brokers.

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