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Vietnam travel bubble with Japan loses fizz as execs shun tight rules

Southeast Asian economy grows even without foreigner inflow

A gold shop employee is dressed as the Vietnamese God of Wealth. Despite a travel agreement with Tokyo, few Japanese business executives want to visit the country because of onerous regulations.   © Reuters

HANOI -- The travel bubble between Japan and Vietnam for short-term business stays has gained little traction five months after its launch, as prospective visitors from Japan are put off by the especially strict protocols in the Southeast Asian country.

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