The Japanese embassy in Manila on Thursday clarified that its government has not lifted the visa requirements for Filipinos who would like to visit Japan.
There were recent reports that Tokyo has lifted visa requirements for the citizens of Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia.
But in a statement, the embassy said “Japan has not lifted the visa exemption for the Philippines contrary to the recent reports. However, Japan has opened multiple-entry Visas to Filipinos.”
The reports circulated early Thursday on social networking sites. Netizens posted a news article from www.worldbulletin.net, which said the Japanese government lifted visa requirements for a number of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).
The no-visa policy will reportedly be implemented starting July 1.
The new policy was reportedly approved in the occasion of the 40th year of Asean-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. Asean is composed of the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Brunei Darussalam.
But the Japanese government was quick to point out it only lifted visa requirements for Thais and Malaysians.
Filipinos can apply for a multiple-entry visa which is valid for three years.
BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON