The Henley Passport Index represents "the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access", according to. the Henley Passport Index.
The Japanese passport offers its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations, compared with Singapore's total of 189.
Third place is shared by Germany, France and South Korea, which all have visa-free and visa-on-arrival access to 188 countries.
The rest of the 10 strongest passports include countries in Europe, plus Malaysia.
According to the 2018 Henley Passport Index released on Tuesday, Iraq and Afghanistan are tied for the least desirable passport in terms of how many countries to which they allow their holders to travel.
"The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world's largest and most comprehensive database of travel information, and is enhanced by extensive in-house research", it said.
The latest report also showed that USA and the United Kingdom passports, both with 186 visa-free destinations, fell one spot from fourth to the fifth place after failing to gain access to new destinations.
It is updated regularly to reflect changes in the number of visa-waiver agreements signed between countries. Frequent Filipino travelers won't find this surprising and are surely all too familiar with the hassle and uncertainty of applying for a visa to visit foreign countries.
The UAE, meanwhile, is now the strongest in the Middle East, jumping from 62nd place in 2006 to 21st in the 2018 index.
China recently obtained access to St. Lucia and Myanmar and is now in 71st place, having climbed 14 places since the start of 2017.
However, their progress might be outstripped by Kosovo which officially met all the criteria for visa-liberalization with the EU in July and is now in discussions with the European Council. Russia's recent decision to grant visa-free travel access to not only Emiratis but also citizens of several other nations speaks to this effort. Newcomer Moldova, for example, which launched its CBI program in the second half of this year, has climbed 20 places since 2008.