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Turkey 'disappointed' over Japan's new visa system

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Ankara voiced disappointment over Japan's new visa system that would not accept workers from Turkey, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

In a statement, Hami Aksoy said that Turkey was also among the countries, whose workers would not be accepted by Japan under a new law which will introduce new visa categories for foreign workers starting from April.

In November last year, the Japanese Cabinet approved a draft bill that will regulate the country's immigration control by creating new visa types for foreign nationals. The law will enter into force in April.

"This situation does not reflect the spirit of deep-rooted and friendly relations and strategic partnership between our countries," Aksoy said.

He added the decision should be revised "as soon as possible."

"In this regard, Japanese ambassador to Ankara [Akio Miyajima] was summoned to our ministry and our discomforts were expressed to him," Aksoy added.

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