The easing of visa rules, effective from February 15 and also for Vietnamese nationals, will initially benefit businesspeople, academics and artists from the two countries, Japanese Kyodo news agency reported.
The Foreign Ministry said that the move was part of the government's drive to increase the number of foreign tourists to Japan, as well as people-to-people exchanges.
The 10-year validity of multiple-entry visas is the longest issued by the Japanese government, the ministry said. "We hope that the relaxing of visa will increase repeat visits to Japan and enhance convenience in businesses," Kishida said.
Holders of such multiple-entry visas will be restricted to visiting Japan for business and academic exchange purposes on their first visit but can enter Japan for tourism or to meet friends and families on subsequent trips, the ministry said.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the planned visa relaxation in his summit with Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of Vietnam's ruling Communist Party last September, and in his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last December.
In December, Modi had also announced that India will extend 'visa on arrival' to all Japanese citizens from March 1 this year.


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