PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was denied entry to Japan on Sunday due to his conviction in 1999, the Japanese embassy confirmed.
Embassy spokesperson Tomoko Nagai said that any persons who have had a prior conviction in Japan or any other country and have had been jailed for a year or more would be denied entry to the country.
"As we know, Anwar was allowed to enter Japan in 2011 and 2012 but during both the period, he had special permission from the country.
"This time, however, he did not request for the special permission, and as such was not allowed to enter the country," she said in a phone interview on Tuesday.
Nagai explained that the action was in accordance to the Japan Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, which applies to all persons with prior convictions who wishes to enter the country.
On Sunday, Anwar Ibrahim was denied entry into Japanwhen he arrived at Narita International Airport at 6.45am .
He was told to board the first flight back or face deportation.