Kenya urges Japan to lift travel advisories

Kenya has urged Japan to lift travel restrictions imposed on multiple places that continue to hurt relations between the two countries.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma says Kenya has deepened security in the country which has seen the number of terror attacks drop significantly.

Japan is Kenya’s third biggest tourist source market in Asia.

In March this year, Japan issued a travel advisory to her citizens, urging them to avoid areas around the Kenya-Somalia border, Old Town in Mombasa, Lamu Island, and its surrounding as well as parts of Nairobi saying there are elevated chances of terror attacks and violent crimes.

Japan further placed Kenya’s security on level 2 which means that political and security risk are a going concern.

Kenya was further irked by assertions by Japan questioning the country’s security capacity to respond to emergency measures.

Juma has told her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono that Kenya has in the last four years boosted the capacity of law enforcers and first responders with modern crime bursting equipment and improved training.

Japan, which is the 3rd largest economy in the world saw 12,000 visitors to Kenya last year, behind leaders India and China in Asia.

Speaking during the 6th TICAD ministerial conference, the two ministers agreed to set up a team to review business ties with the aim of scrapping double taxation and barriers of trade.

Japan has also agreed to partner with Kenya and Canada to co-host the Sustainable Blue economy conference slated for next month here in Nairobi.



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