15 Aug '11, 8am

Japan gives visa to ex-Thai PM Thaksin

TOKYO: Japan said Monday it had given a visa to former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who has lived in exile since a 2006 military coup and wants to visit Japan next week. The special entry permit was granted after the new Thai government of Yingluck Shinawatra, a younger sister of Thaksin, requested that Tokyo allow the visit, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said. Thaksin hopes to visit Japan from August 22 to 28 and tour northeastern areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a trip that Bangkok said would help boost bilateral ties. "The Thai government... takes a policy of not prohibiting former prime minister Thaksin from visiting any country and requested that Japan issue a visa," Edano told reporters. "In light of the request from the Thai government and various related considerations, we have decided to issue a visa." Thaksin, who served as Thai ...

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