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Japan to allow fugitive Thaksin entry
The new Thai government of Yingluck Shinawatra, a younger sister of Thaksin, who took office on Monday, has requested the permit from Tokyo, Kyodo news agency reported, quoting Japanese government sources.
Mr. Thaksin, who served as Thai prime minister between 2001 and 2006 before being deposed in the coup, has been living in exile in Dubai to escape a two-year jail term from a corruption conviction.
Under Japanese law, convicted felons are normally denied entry into Japan and the law has been enforced on numerous occasions against many well-known persons, including many show business personalities who were convicted on drug charges.
Mr. Thaksin hopes to visit Japan August 22-28 with the main purpose of touring north-eastern areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Kyodo said.
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