Apr 15, 2014

Visa waivers in works for Indonesians, Filipinos, Vietnamese

Japan might grant visa waivers to tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam when it revises its tourism action plan in June, government sources said Monday. The initiative, backed by the government and the ruling coalition, is aimed at Southeast Asia, whose vast Muslim ...

Jan 15, 2014

Myanmar nationals are issued multiple-entry visas

Japan has started issuing multiple-entry visas to Myanmar nationals as part of efforts to increase tourism and expand bilateral exchanges, the Foreign Ministry said. A multiple visa will be valid for up to three years, allowing a bearer to stay in Japan for up ...

Opening the kitchen to foreign chefs

Dec 3, 2013

Opening the kitchen to foreign chefs

by Tomohiro Osaki

As a foreigner aspiring to become a “washoku” (Japanese food) chef, South Korean student Seo Dong-young faces a dilemma. The 23-year-old student at a Tokyo culinary school wants to stay here and work after graduation, but unfortunately that isn’t an option. Legally speaking, he ...

Nov 3, 2013

U.K. scraps visa bond plan for 'high-risk' Asians, Africans

Britain is scrapping a plan to force visitors from six “high-risk” countries to pay a cash bond of £3,000 ($4,800, €3,500), the interior ministry said on Sunday. The government had been preparing to pilot a scheme requiring visitors from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, ...

'Skilled foreigner' invite too rigid a bar

Sep 4, 2013

'Skilled foreigner' invite too rigid a bar

by Tomohiro Osaki

More than a year after its much-hyped introduction, a government-led initiative to lure “highly skilled” foreign professionals to Japan is making lackluster progress, with the number of those applying for visas under the new system much smaller than initially envisioned. Dismayed by the poor ...

Jun 26, 2013

Relaxed visa program for Southeast Asian visitors starts

by Mizuho Aoki

The government will relax visa requirements for visitors from Southeast Asian countries starting Monday, hoping to lure more travelers from fast-growing economies to spur economic growth. Japan will waive visa requirements for tourists from Thailand and Malaysia, and offer a multiple-entry visa to Filipino ...