Japan widens the scope of visa free scheme to attract foreign tourists

April 19, 2014
Japan widens the scope of visa free scheme to attract foreign tourists
The government of Japan has plans to grant visa free travel to the citizens of Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam.

According to Kyodo News report of Japan, this proposal is part of Japan’s attempt to attract 20 million overseas tourists yearly.

Prior to this proposal, there had been a similar such move which was intended for Malaysia and Thailand. Because of this move there had been a rise of 61% during the second half of 2013, accounting for 630,000 visitors from Malaysia and Thailand.
Moreover, this initiative has helped Japan’s overall number of foreign workers to reach a peak limit of 10 million in a year.
During the last year, travelers from Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, have reached figures (of the number of travelers) of 110,000, 80,000, and 140,000 respectively.

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan has intentions of developing tourism by attracting around 20 million overseas visitors yearly by 2020, when Japan hosts the Summer Olympics Games.

Japan has plans to grant the visa free scheme to sixty six countries. Of these countries, four Asian countries namely, citizens of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei have already been offered/granted its visa free scheme.
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