The Japanese government had announced it will exempt Thais from having to obtain visas for short stays as part of a programme to entice more tourists to visit the country.
People take pictures of the 634-meter high Tokyo Skytree in downtown Tokyo. The new landmark atrracted more than 50 million people to its tower and shopping complex in its first year. (EPA photo)
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved the new policy on Tuesday but has not announced when it will take effect, only saying that the measure could be introduced ahead of the summer season.
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