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The Cabinet approved a bill Tuesday to revise the immigration law to allow people from Taiwan to use their passport as an official document when entering Japan.

The move is intended to reduce paperwork for immigration authorities in response to a recent surge in the number of tourists from Taiwan, immigration officials said. Under the current Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, Taiwanese travelers are required to obtain a “travel certificate” from a local branch office of the Japanese Foreign Ministry before entering Japan.

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