How to get around the travel restrictions for Japanese tourists after the US travel ban
A few weeks after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to impose a temporary ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, Japan and the US are still not fully on the same page on what the US can and can’t do.
The Japanese government said last week it was considering banning all US citizens from entering Japan.
“We’re in the process of reviewing the issue and are working closely with the US side to make sure it is fair and reasonable,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday.
“But, I am not going to talk about the details at the moment.”
But in a separate development, Japan’s defence ministry has also said it is considering banning US military personnel from entering the country, citing security concerns.
This means Japanese nationals, including US citizens, would be barred from entering or boarding Japanese planes, trains, trains and ferries, and from accessing Japanese shopping centres, hotels and cinemas.
In a statement, the ministry said the move was to “protect the safety of Japanese citizens in Japan”.
The ministry said it was also considering issuing the order to US military bases in Japan.US President Donald J Trump has made the US a priority for Japanese investment and exports.
He also promised to help Japanese firms that want to move their headquarters to the US.
But in recent months, Mr Trump has been criticised for his response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
He has said he will be tough on terror suspects and his administration has been accused of politicising the issue by attempting to politicise the Las Vegas shooting.
But the US has also faced criticism over the use of American troops in overseas wars.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday that the US could be in breach of its international obligations if it imposes an international travel ban.
Mr Kishidas comments come amid concerns in Japan about the growing presence of US military forces in Japan, including thousands of troops who are deployed in the country’s south-east, where the US Pacific Command has been based for decades.
Japan has also been the target of a series of terrorist attacks in recent years.
Earlier this month, at least four people were killed and more than 40 others wounded when a truck rammed into a group of people attending a Christmas market in Tokyo.