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    Japan to Soften Visa Regime With Russia in 2017

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    Japan will introduce multiple-entry three-year-long visas for Russians in 2017, the Japanese Embassy in Moscow said in a statement on Friday, in the wake of the two countries' leaders' meeting in Japan.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The applicants, who pay for their trips themselves, will not have to provide any statement from a guarantor, and more people will be entitled to multiple-entry business visas under the reworked criteria.

    "Today, because of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan, the measures for softening of the visa requirements for the Russian holders of non-diplomatic passports were determined… Multiple-entry three-year long visas with 30 days as the maximum length of stay will be introduced alongside the existing single-entry visas," the statement read.

    According to the document, the changes will enter force on January 1, 2017.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Japan on December 15-16 to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. As a result, Russian and Japanese companies signed 68 documents on energy, investment and agriculture.

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