Friday, September 19, 2014   

Japan to ease visa rules ahead of 2020 Olympics
(06-17 18:53)

Japan said 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.
Japan topped the 10 million visitor mark for the first time in 2013 as its tourism sector recovers after the quake-tsunami and nuclear disaster three years ago.
Officials are hoping to boost the number of arrivals as part of a wider effort to kickstart the world's number three economy.--AFP
   
Other World breaking news:
Guinea vows to hunt killers of Ebola education team (1 hr 13 mins ago)
EU, Ukraine, Russia to hold gas talks next week in Berlin (1 hr 15 mins ago)
Spain's Catalonia to take step for secession vote (2 hrs 42 mins ago)
Barroso says Scotland vote good for 'stronger Europe' (2 hrs 43 mins ago)
Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown (09-19 15:38)
Nikkei ends at 7-year high (09-19 14:30)
Scottish nationalists glum after 'devastating' result (09-19 14:29)
Cameron promises new powers for all parts of UK after Scotland vote (09-19 14:28)
Scotland still with UK, but gets more power (09-19 14:01)
Scotland rejects independence in referendum (09-19 13:59)

More breaking news >>

© 2014 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.