Posted December. 19, 2005 03:04,
The Japanese government is expected to permanently exempt visa requirements for short-stay Koreans after next February.
On December 18, the Asahi Shimbun quoted Japans transport minister Kazuo Kitagawa, as saying, As Taiwanese are now exempt from visa requirements, Ill try to exempt visas for Korean while securing their safety even after next February, at a meeting for making a tourism village held in Oita prefecture on the previous day.
Kitagawas remarks can be interpreted that Japan will permanently exempt visas for short-stay Korean visitors in order to stimulate the nations tourism. A total of 6.14 million foreigners visited Japan last year, 1.59 million of whom were Korean, the largest number of tourists from any single nation, followed by Taiwan, with 1.08 million.
The Japanese government temporarily exempted visa requirements for Korean visitors beginning this March for six months during the 2005 Aichi Expo. Japan permanently exempted visas on Taiwanese starting August and extend the visa-exemption period for short-stay Koreans until next February.