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Japan to Ease Visa Rules for Burmese Nationals

26 September 2013

The Japanese government plans to make it easier for citizens of Burma, Cambodia and Laos to travel to Japan, The Bangkok Post reports. The move is part of Tokyo’s bid to promote tourism as a means of stimulating the economy, and follows an announcement in July that short-stay tourists from Thailand and Malaysia would be exempted from having to obtain a visa before traveling to Japan. Citing Japanese government sources, the report said that Burma and other Southeast Asian nations are being considered for multiple-entry visas. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to unveil his plan when he announces his decision to lift the nation’s sales tax rate from 5 to 8 percent from next April.