This morning, my FB has been flooded with the “great news” that Filipinos can now visit Japan without a visa for 15 days. That news is not correct.
While Japan has eased visa rules for ASEAN countries, Filipinos are still required to get a visa.
Here is the bulletin from a Japanese government website:
Issuance of Multiple Entry Visas for Nationals of the Republic of the Philippines
June 25, 2013
In celebration of the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, the Government of Japan has decided to begin issuance from July 1, of multiple entry visas for short-term stay to nationals of the Republic of the Philippines (ordinary passport holders) who reside in their home country.
The further development of Japan-Philippines exchange is expected as a result of the issuance of multiple entry visas, including increases in the number of tourist from the Philippines who visit Japan and the enhancement of the ease of business transactions between the two countries.
Multiple entry visas for short-term stay for nationals of the Republic of the Philippines (ordinary passport holders)
Those who have fulfilled certain conditions and who have an ordinary Machine-Readable passport (MRP) meeting International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards or an ordinary IC passport.
Period of stay:
Term of validity:
Up to three years.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
The visa-free entry to Japan for 15 days is only for travelers with passports from Thailand and Malaysia.