According to the statistics from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the total number of visas issued in 2013 decreased by around 120,000 from the previous year. The decrease was due to the Japanese government’s visa relaxation policy for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries including visa exemption for Thailand and Malaysia which started on 1st of July in 2013. In spite of the reduction, the country however recorded over 10 million foreign visitors the same year which is a record high for the first time.The number of visas issued is: China, 971,542, Thailand, 183,684, Indonesia, 122,376, the Philippines, 99,258, Malaysia, 70,231, Vietnam, 65,305, India, 55,622, Russia, 54,948, Brazil, 28,697, ROK, 21,644, the data revealed.According to the data, the number of visas issued in these countries accounts for around 90% of the total number while those issued by diplomatic missions of Japan abroad is as follows; Consulate-General of Japan in Shanghai, 371,258, Embassy of Japan in China, 235,482, Embassy of Japan in Thailand, 178,973, Consulate-General of Japan in Guangzhou, 144,496, Embassy of Japan in Indonesia, 91,860, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, 89,180, Consulate-General of Japan in Shenyang, 64,461, Consulate General of Japan at Qingdao, 47,085, Consular Office of Japan in Dalian, 46,131, Embassy of Japan in Malaysia, 44,484).a
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