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article imageJapan to ease visa rules ahead of 2020 Olympics

By Armando Tamayo     Jun 20, 2014 in Travel
Japan will ease the Visa requirements for South East Asian travelers from the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam in an effort to double the number of tourists in anticipation of the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020.
The Ministerial Council meeting of Japan's tourism department early this week decided to relax Visa rules for "short term travel visas up to 90 days" for the said countries under certain conditions according to a report in Nikkei.
Indonesian visitors with embedded microchip on their 'e-passports' said in an article in Manila Bulletin, can be exempt from securing a visa, while the procedures for tourists from Vietnam and the Philippines will be simplified with what Japan Tourism Agency Officials call "substantial visa exemption" particularly for visitors availing tour packages from Japanese government accredited travel agencies.
As Rappler reported in their news story, Japan ministry department's 'objective is to promote Japan as a tourism-oriented country, where it will attract as much as 20 million foreign visitors annually, which will take effect as soon as possible'.
Officials also said on the report that they hope to draw wealthy tourists, with a plan to allow wealthy visitors from Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines to stay as long as one year.
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