The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines strongly denied that it is lifting the visa requirement for Filipinos traveling to Japan, belying news reports that came out the past two weeks.
“The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines would like to clarify to the public that Japan has not lifted the visa requirements for nationals of the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam,” a statement posted on its website Sunday afternoon said.
Nevertheless, the embassy noted that their country “has opened multiple-entry Visas to nationals of the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam.”
Two weeks ago, Tokyo-based Kyodo News Agency reported that the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to waive the visa requirement for citizens of the aforementioned Southeast Asian countries this coming June.
Citing unnamed sources within the Japan Tourism Agency, Kyodo News explained that this will be done to attract more international tourists especially in the run up to the 2020 Summer Olympics, which the country is hosting.
“The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is also looking to tourism as a pillar of its strategy to spur the country’s economic growth,” the report added.
Last week, the United States Embassy reiterated that it is not implementing any changes in its visa policy for Filipinos. This is in response to a post in the satirical blog Adobo Chronicles which said that Philippine citizens can already travel to America without applying for a visa.