The Japan-Indonesia Parliament League is to lead a delegation of 1,000 Japanese tourists to Indonesia in November, a move made to welcome the Indonesian government’s introduction in June of a waiver of the visa requirement for citizens of Japan, among other countries.
“We gladly welcome the Indonesian government’s decision to apply a no-visa policy. Let us hope it leads to an increase in Japanese tourists visiting Indonesia,”
Japan-Indonesia Parliament League chair Toshihiro Nikai told a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Indonesian Ambassador to Japan Yusron Ihza Mahendra, meanwhile, said he expected that the visa waiver and the league’s initiative to bring 1,000 Japanese tourists to Indonesia would not only give a boost to Japanese tourist numbers in Indonesia, but also enhance cooperation between Japan and Indonesia in all sectors, including politics, the economy and culture.
Statistical data reveal that 264,000 Japanese tourists visited Indonesia from January until July this year, a 2 percent increase from the same period last year. Meanwhile, 122,142 Indonesian tourists visited Japan from January until July, an increase of 33 percent from the same period last year.(Jakarta Post)