The 3rd largest economy in the world believes East Africa’s biggest economy does not have security capacity to respond to emergency measures and has such slapped the country with travel restrictions.
In March this year, Japan which is Kenya’s third biggest tourist source market in Asia 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 also further placed Kenya’s security on level 2 which means that political and security risk are a going concern.
This not only continues to hurt Kenya’s tourism sector but relations between the two countries as well, according to Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma.
As a result, Kenya has urged Japan to lift travel restrictions imposed on the multiple locations in Kenya in a bid to improve relations between the two countries.
Speaking during the 6th TICAD ministerial conference where she met with her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, Hon. Juma said Kenya has in the recent years’ improved security measures in the country which has seen the number of terror attacks drop significantly.
Similarly the country has in the last four years boosted the capacity of law enforcers and first responders with modern crime bursting equipment and improved training.
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.