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Japan approves visa-free status for Taiwanese

DPA , TOKYO

Japan's lower house of parliament passed a bill yesterday allowing Taiwanese tourists to enter Japan without a visa during the six-month World Exposition in central Aichi prefecture beginning next month.

The measure was approved by the House of Representatives and was expected to clear the House of Councilors today and become law.

Taiwanese tourists will be allowed to stay in Japan for up to 90 days without a visa during the expo. The world exposition begins on March 25 and will end on Sept. 25.

Japan has already granted a similar visa-free arrangement to South Korean tourists from March 1 to Sept. 30.

Tokyo is also considering expanding the scope of visa issuance for group tourists from China for the duration of the expo period.

Currently, Chinese tourists from Beijing and other designated cities and provinces are only allowed to receive a visa from Japan.

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