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Japan PM announces visa exemptions for Philippine gov't officials

Philippine government officials will have visa exemptions when entering Japan, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said.

According to a joint statement of Japan and the Philippines released by the Embassy of Japan, Kishida made the announcement during a Summit-level Working Dinner with President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Thursday evening.

"Prime Minister Kishida announced visa exemption mainly for Philippine government officials," the joint statement read.

"President Marcos welcomed Japan’s announcement and expressed his hope to build upon this momentum to further facilitate people-to-people exchanges between the two countries," it added.

It was not disclosed yet when this will be effective.

Marcos is in Tokyo for an official visit in which 35 investment deals on infrastructure, energy, manufacturing, and healthcare have been inked between the two governments.

The President will return to Manila on Sunday, February 12.—AOL, GMA Integrated News