Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Thai prime minister now living in exile, will be granted a special entry permit to Japan after he was invited by an institute based in the country.
Thaksin, who is believed to be living in Dubai, contacted the Japanese consulate general in the United Arab Emirates to ask for permission to enter Japan. The Foreign Ministry and Justice Ministry are now arranging his permit.
Thaksin, who was invited by the Japan, China, ASEAN Institute of Economy and Culture, plans to hold a news conference and speak at a lecture during his visit. He also plans to visit areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Thaksin was sentenced to a two-year prison term in Thailand after being convicted of corruption.
Under Japan's Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law, any foreigner who has served a prison term of over a year cannot enter the country. However, the government will likely give the green light to Thaksin in light of the fact that his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, was sworn in as prime minister of Thailand on Aug. 8.
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