Visa-free entry for Filipinos to Japan under active consideration by the Japanese government

May 06, 2014
Visa-free entry for Filipinos to Japan

The Japanese government is still carefully considering and evaluating a visa-free regime for Filipinos. But, it is likely that the evaluation could be completed within a year. According to the Philippines’ president of the senate, Franklin Drilon, the evaluation is still in the initial and preliminary stage and a decision regarding this has not been made yet.

He stated this on 05th May, 2014, after a meeting with the members of the Japan-Philippines Parliamentary Friendship League (JPPFL). He added that the government of Japan is carefully reviewing this issue regarding the proposal to grant a visa-free entry and that Philippines Parliamentary Friendship League (JPPFL) has extended its support for the proposition, but that it is still under the consideration of the Japanese government.

Mr. Drilon is also the President of the Philippines-Japan Parliamentarians Association (PJPA). Mr. Drilon also stated that the two sides were also able to discuss possibilities of immigration visas for Filipino caregivers who attend to Japan’s ageing population. He added that regarding this issue some crucial issues need to be examined/reviewed, but he seemed optimistic when he said that there is recognition in Japan about the exemplary capabilities of Filipinos in this area.

During the meeting the president of JPPFL, Kenji Kosaka, handed over or provided 20 emergency vehicles to the Philippines through Drilon. These vehicles are meant to be used for the regions that have been greatly damaged by typhoon Yolanda (also called as Haiyan). Mr. Kosaka also extended his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all those who were affected. He expressed the confidence and belief that restoration of the affected would be accomplished fast and early.

And, about the possibility of the privilege of visa-free entry for Filipinos to Japan, Mr. Kosaka stated that he could not (or, cannot) provide a time-line for the decision, but expressed the possibility/hope that the decision would be taken soon.
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