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Visa-free entry to Japan for Filipinos still being reviewed

The proposed visa-free arrangement for Filipinos to Japan is still being “carefully studied” by the Japanese government but could be finished within the year.

“This is just on the review stage and the decision has not yet been made,” Senate President Franklin Drilon said Monday after a bilateral meeting with members of the Japan-Philippines Parliamentary Friendship League (JPPFL).

“The Japanese government is in the process of carefully studying proposals to grant visa-free entry of Filipinos into Japan … and [JPPFL has] expressed support for this proposal,” Drilon, President of the Philippines-Japan Parliamentarians Association (PJPA) said.

Drilon further stated that both sides were also able to discuss immigration policies for Filipino caregivers to Japan which has a large ageing population.

“There are certain processes that must be followed, it is continuously being reviewed and Japan has recognized the outstanding skill of our caregivers,” Drilon said.

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