It begins: Japanese Official reveals new government requested a visa for Thaksin

Yingluck govt requests Japan’s visa for Thaksin: Edano – The Nation, August 15, 2011
…Japan issued a special visa for Thaksin Shinawatra, who has lived in exile since a 2006 military coup after it received a personal request from the new Thai government of Yingluck Shinawatra, who is Thaksin’s younger sister.”In light of the request from the Thai government and various related considerations, we have decided to issue a visa,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said….

[The government took power August 8.]

Govt ‘didn’t aid’ Thaksin Japan trip – Bangkok Post, August 15, 2011
The government had nothing to do with Thaksin Shinawatra’s visit to Japan because the former prime minister received an invitation in June, before the July 3 general election, Noppadon Pattama said on Monday.
Therefore, the government under Yingluck Shinawatra had nothing to do with it, Thaksin’s close aide and personal lawyer said…

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