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Japan to ease visa rules ahead of 2020 Olympics

Published on Jun 17, 2014 7:19 PM
 
Commercial buildings stand behind the Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo, Japan, on March 11, 2010. Japan said on June 17, 2014, that it would relax visa rules for tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam in a bid to double the number of foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG 

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan said Tuesday it would relax visa rules for tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam in a bid to double the number of foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Tourists with Indonesian e-passports embedded with a microchip can be exempt from getting a visa, the foreign ministry said, while rules for those from the Philippines and Vietnam will also be "substantially relaxed".

"The objectives of these measures are to promote Japan as a tourism-oriented country with the... goal of attracting 20 million foreign visitors" annually, the ministry said in a statement.

The new rules would come into effect "as quickly as possible", it added.

 
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