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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.

The so-called Business Track framework with Vietnam started last November in response to strong calls for allowing engineers and executives from Japan to visit the country, a favorite destination for Japanese investments outside China.

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