The Japanese government has dismissed rumours that it plans to halt visa-free entry for Thai tourists at the end of this year.
Tokyo had no intention of scrapping the visa-free policy from January next year, the Japanese embassy in Bangkok said in a statement on Tuesday.
The embassy also denied that Thai visitors would be singled out as a target for strict inspections on entry to the country, as long as they possess documents confirming the legitimacy of their stay in Japan.
Japan has exempted Thai visitors from having to obtain a visa to stay in the country for up to 15 days since July.
Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt Gen Panu Kerdlappol said on Friday that Japanese immigration authorities would be stricter in dealing with Thai travellers after it emerged the government's visa waiver had encouraged some Thais, mostly females, to work in the country illegally.
He said the measure was necessary since Japanese authorities estimated an average of 50 Thai citizens had overstayed their visas each month since the visa waiver was implemented on July 1 this year.