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20 August 2011 :: 10:08:14 am 57428

Japan issues visa to exiled former Thai prime minister

The Japanese government on Aug. 14 issued a visa to exiled former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was sentenced to two years in prison in Thailand after being found guilty of corruption in 2008.
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Although Japan’s immigration control law stipulates that those with convictions are not allowed into the country, Tokyo, after receiving a request from the new Thai administration led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin’s younger sister, appears to have taken special note of the possible clout Thaksin could carry with the new Thai government.

Justice Minister Satsuki Eda on Aug. 15 said the ministry was asked by the Foreign Ministry to hold consultations on this matter, which required diplomatic consideration.

Eda said the Justice Ministry would approve Thaksin’s entry as a special case under the immigration control law.

According to the Foreign Ministry, shortly after the inauguration of the new Thai administration on Aug. 10, Bangkok requested that Thaksin be permitted to visit Japan

Thaksin has been living in exile since 2006, and will unlikely return home anytime soon due to expected strong opposition from anti-Thaksin groups. However, he is believed to have very close relationship with his sister.

Thaksin told The Asahi Shimbun on Aug.13 that he offered Yingluck suggestions on selecting her Cabinet members and will do the same if asked to do so again.

Invited by the Japan, China, ASEAN Institute of Economy and Culture, Thaksin is scheduled to arrive on Aug. 22 for a one-week visit, during which he will give lectures on economic cooperation between Japan and Thailand and visit regions battered by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Thaksin is also scheduled to attend a dinner party on Aug. 24 with dozens of lawmakers from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and opposition parties.

Report by : Asahi

Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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