Japan lowers level of travel advisory visiting Meghalaya

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Shillong : Japan has decided to lower the level of travel advisory to its people who would like to visit tourist destinations in four districts of Meghalaya, a government official said on Thursday.

The Japanese government took this decision after Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad made a request to Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu during his visit to the state on May 7 and subsequent communication between the Raj Bhavan and the Embassy of Japan.

"The Raj Bhavan has received a communication from the Japanese Embassy on August 1 that the government of Japan has lowered the level of travel advisory for East Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi, West Jaintia Hills and East Jaintia Hills districts," Shillong Raj Bhavan, Deputy Secretary, P.S. Kharkongor said.

"This will open up Meghalaya's four districts to Japanese visitors and tourists and enhance the people-to-people contacts as well as exchanges between Japan and Meghalaya. The Governor hoped that the tourism industry in the state of Meghalaya will get a fillip due to this positive development," the official said.

Prasad had requested Hiramatsu to review the travel advisory that cautioned Japanese citizens against visiting Meghalaya owing to security apprehensions as the situation has improved a lot in the state over the past few years.