Feb 2, 2016

Japanese visas to be relaxed for Vietnamese, Indians

It will be easier for businesspeople and academics from India and Vietnam to travel to Japan starting this month as multiple-entry visa terms are to be doubled for nationals of the two countries. The easing of rules, effective Feb. 15, will affect people initially ...

Sponsors want Blatter out

Oct 3, 2015

Sponsors want Blatter out

Sepp Blatter defied calls from FIFA sponsors Budweiser, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Visa on Friday to quit immediately as president of world soccer’s governing body rather than clinging on until the emergency election in February. The interventions from the long-standing sponsors come a week after ...

Jun 18, 2015

U.S. travel visa system fails globally

The U.S. State Department does not expect to resolve a technical problem affecting travel visas before next week, a spokesman said on Wednesday. “Our Bureau of Consular Affairs continues to experiences problems with the visa system. This is a global issue and we’re working ...

Visa to fight fraud with apps

Feb 14, 2015

Visa to fight fraud with apps

The days of calling your bank to tell them that yes, you really are in Thailand and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs may be coming to an end. The payment-processing company Visa will roll out a ...

Jan 9, 2015

Japanese visas issued in Shanghai hit record high in 2014

The Japanese Consulate General in Shanghai said it issued a record 874,077 visas in 2014, a 2.4-fold jump from the preceding year. Behind the surge was the sharp increase in Chinese tourists to Japan spurred partly by the weaker yen, consular officials said. The ...

Dec 1, 2014

China refuses British MPs entry to Hong Kong

A group of British lawmakers investigating Britain’s relations with Hong Kong have been told China will not allow them into the former colony, the MPs said Sunday. The Foreign Affairs Committee, a panel of lawmakers who scrutinize the Foreign Office’s work, is looking into ...