The Second Consultations on Consular Affairs between Japan and the Kingdom of Thailand

June 27, 2008

  1. On June 27 (Friday), the Second Consultations on Consular Affairs between Japan and the Kingdom of Thailand were held in Tokyo. They were attended on the Japanese side by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and governmental agencies concerned, headed by Mr. Yasuaki Tanizaki, Director-General of the Consular Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and on the Thai side by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and governmental agencies concerned, headed by Mr. Theerakun Niyom, Director-General of Consular Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.  Based on the results of the first consultations held in March 2007, the participants exchanged views on issues concerned with consular affairs including immigration control and protection of the nationals of the two countries.
     
  2. On Immigration and Residency Matters
  3. (1) As to the issue of measures that the Japanese side brought up in the last consultations against organizations forging passports and other documents in Thailand, the Government of Japan highly evaluated the news that large-scale charges of counterfeiting organizations had been accomplished by the Thai National Police in April this year.  The Japanese side said that it would expect further efforts in the future.

    (2) The Government of Japan is considering expanded issuance of multiple-entry visas by the Embassy of Japan in Thailand for business visitors in order to stimulate an exchange of business persons between Japan and Thailand.  Both sides have agreed to start this measure by October this year.

    (3) The Japanese side has been requesting the Thai side to ease residency regulations for Japanese business persons who stay in Thailand, and the Thai side said that it had started the process to ease residency regulations.
     

  1. On the Protection of the Each Other’s Nationals
  2.    On countermeasures that Japan requested to take up in the last consultations against “strengthening measures against crimes concerned with fraudulent gambling which target Japanese tourists”, the Thai side gave an account of its measures to strengthen investigation, and as the number of Japanese victims in Thailand has declined during the last year, the Japanese side highly evaluated efforts made by the Thai side.

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