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Russia ready to ease visa requirements for Japanese visitors

Moscow is ready for further steps to ease visa requirements for Japanese visitors, speaker of the Russian Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko said.

She urged the heads of Russia’s regions and Japan’s prefectures to prompt their countries’ executive authorities to take coordinated practical steps, TASS reported.

“We have traveled part of that path, easing mutual visa restrictions substantially. However, this is a two-way street,” Matviyenko said at a meeting with the participants in the Russian-Japanese Council of governors.

“Russia is ready for further steps, for e-visas and other forms of easing visa requirements,” according to the speaker.