Japan “makes arrangements” to waive tourist visa for Pinoys, According to Kyodo news, visa-free travel to Japan for Filipinos could be on the horizon as the ruling coalition and the Japanese government work to eliminate the visa requirement for Pinoy tourists. If the alleged plan is implemented, not only would the Philippines benefit from such an arrangement but so will Indonesia and Vietnam, two of the three Southeast Asian countries that require a tourist visa when visiting Japan.
Cherry blossoms are a major tourist attraction in Japan. This program is being led by the country's new action plan, which will be released in June, in order to boost the number of tourists choosing Japan as their next destination.
The leading news agency said.
The initiative…is envisioned as Japan seeks to achieve its goal of increasing the annual number of foreign visitors to 20 million in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,”
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sees this as a plan to promote Japan's economic growth. Japan is one of the countries that have strong restrictions in place for visa processing and tourist screening. However, the country's decision to eliminate visa requirements for Malaysia and Thailand in July proved to be a successful strategy for attracting foreign visitors to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Tourists from Thailand and Malaysia helped Japan surpass the 10 million mark for total foreign visitors in a year for the first time in 2013. Last year, over 630,000 Malaysian and Thai tourists chose Japan as their vacation destination, a 61 percent rise over the previous year's figures.
Last year, 140,000 Indonesians, 110,000 Filipinos, and 80,000 Vietnamese visited Japan, putting these countries first and second on the list of foreign tourists behind China. According to experts, Japan's decision to abolish visa restrictions for the three countries will have a significant impact on the country's tourism performance, as interest in foreign travel continues to rise.
Furthermore, incidences involving short-term tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam ranged from 0.09 percent to 0.34 percent from January to November 2013. According to the Japan Tourism Agency, in order for the country to meet its objective of attracting at least 20 million tourists in the future years, Japan must open its borders and simplify visa processes in order to attract more visitors from Southeast Asian countries.
As of June 2014, Japan “makes arrangements” to waive tourist visa for Pinoys who wish to visit Japan for a period of up to 15 days. This was seen as a positive move to strengthen ties between the two countries and boost tourism in Japan.
However, it should be noted that this information is from an archived news article and may no longer be accurate or up-to-date. It is recommended to verify the current visa requirements before making any travel plans to Japan.