Thai and Japanese Prime Ministers Discuss Visa-Free Scheme and Support for Japanese Auto Industry

Thailand and Japan have reached an agreement on a reciprocal visa-free scheme for their businesspeople traveling between the two countries, Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin confirmed. This decision aims to facilitate business contacts and enhance economic ties between Thailand and Japan. Under the new scheme, Thai and Japanese businesspeople will no longer need to apply for visas before visiting each other’s country.

In addition to the visa-free scheme, Prime Minister Srettha reaffirmed Thailand’s commitment to supporting the production of Japanese cars with internal combustion engines. Despite the global trend towards electric vehicles, Japanese automakers have been slower in the development and production of EVs, focusing more on hybrid models. However, they excel in researching hydrogen fuel technology.

Prime Minister Srettha emphasized the importance of accommodating the high demand for electric vehicles and acknowledged Japan’s significant investment in Thailand over the past three decades. He highlighted the need to continuously develop the automotive industry in Thailand, including the production of combustion engine vehicles.

In a separate development, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida proposed the establishment of an Asian zero-emissions community. This initiative aims to promote the transition to clean energy among Asian countries, with Japan taking a leading role. The proposal will be discussed further during the upcoming summit between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Tokyo, celebrating the 50th anniversary of their friendship and cooperation.

The reciprocal visa-free scheme and the support for the Japanese auto industry demonstrate the strong bilateral relations between Thailand and Japan. Both countries recognize the importance of fostering economic cooperation and technological advancements to drive sustainable growth in the region.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the visa-free scheme between Thailand and Japan?

The visa-free scheme allows businesspeople from Thailand and Japan to visit each other’s country without needing to apply for a visa beforehand, simplifying travel for business purposes.

2. Why is Thailand continuing to support the production of Japanese cars with internal combustion engines?

Thailand acknowledges Japan’s historical investment in its automotive industry and aims to maintain a supportive environment for the production of combustion engine vehicles. This decision takes into account the high demand for electric vehicles while ensuring the stability and growth of the existing automotive sector.

3. What is the proposal for an Asian zero-emissions community?

The proposal for an Asian zero-emissions community, put forward by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, aims to promote the transition to clean energy among Asian countries. Japan intends to take a lead role in this initiative, fostering cooperation and collaboration to achieve a sustainable and environmentally-friendly future in the region.

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– The original article: Bangkok Post