Following the developments on the update of the lifting of visa requirements for Filipinos traveling to Japan, a Tokyo-based news outfit Kyodo News reported that the Japanese government is pushing to waive visa requirements for Southeast Asian countries in their bid to target 20 million visitors before the 2020 Summer Olympics, also known as 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (RELATED: You will definitely shout “JaFun! Japan!” for joy when visa-free travel access gets approved for Filipinos)
Earlier on, Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manolo Lopez publicly announced during a live phone-patched interview via the news channel ANC that lifting of visa requirement might likely to happen by June, this year.
Kyodo also mentioned that Japan and the ruling coalition “are making arrangements” to exempt Filipinos, Indonesians and Vietnamese from the visa requirements to boost tourism.
Such a good news indeed but be mindful not to buy that tickets yet. “At this point, the exemption of visas for the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam has not reached any (definite) conclusion,” Miwa Yamatoya, press officer at the Japanese Embassy in Manila said in a broadsheet interview.
Meanwhile, holder of multiple-entry visas to Japan may stay up to 15 days in the Land of The Rising Sun.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has yet to issue their official statement.
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