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A major delegation will visit Indonesia for five days from Nov. 20 to promote tourism in Japan, its chief said Wednesday.

The 1,000-strong team from the nation’s tourism industry will be led by senior ruling party lawmaker Toshihiro Nikai. Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, currently head of the Japan Indonesia Association, will take part.

“We will have a deep interaction as we are going to visit with a large number of people. We are sure that it will be fruitful,” Nikai, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s General Council, told reporters.

As part of efforts to boost foreign tourists, Japan last year relaxed its visa requirements for visitors from some Southeast Asian countries. Indonesia was among them. Furthermore, it began a visa waiver program for tourists from Indonesia in December.

Nikai heads the Japan-Indonesia Parliamentary Friendship League. He said he has requested that Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo attend the delegation’s welcoming event in Jakarta.

The delegation includes officials from the Japan Business Federation and Japan National Tourist Organization. The governors of several prefectures will also be present.

It is scheduled to hold meetings with local travel companies and to attend other events.

The group will also attend a seminar on business cooperation between the countries and a symposium on disaster damage mitigation.

Approximately 160,000 people from Indonesia visited Japan in 2014, up from some 100,000 in 2010.

Overall, a record 13.41 million foreign travelers arrived in Japan in 2014. The largest number of travelers was from Taiwan at 2.83 million, followed by South Korea and China.

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