Thaksin Shinawatra, Ex-Leader of Thailand, Granted Visa in Japan

Japan has granted a visa to Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand who was ousted from power by the Thai military in 2006 and who has lived in exile since a Thai court convicted him of corruption three years ago.


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The decision announced Monday by the Japanese government comes less than two weeks after Mr. Thaksin’s younger sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, was named Thai prime minister.

Ms. Yingluck has gone out of her way to play down any influence that her brother may exert on her administration, and she has deflected questions about amnesty for him. But Mr. Thaksin is widely believed to be playing a key role as adviser and kingmaker to the new government. He was also instrumental in the election victory of Ms. Yingluck and her party in July.

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