Japanese government closes its borders to new entrants and announces a pause on reduced quarantine period accommodation for business travelers

Unfortunately, in addition to closing the borders to new entrants generally, the Japanese government has announced a pause on the recently introduced 3-day reduced quarantine period accommodation for vaccinated business travelers. As a result, business travelers will not only be unable to visit Japan but will also be unable to apply for a screening certificate…

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Borders closed again temporarily but business travelers are advised to stay the course

According to media reports, Japan is going to prohibit new entrants, including business travelers, from entering Japan for a month effective tomorrow to study the data on this new variant, but the current timeline for business travelers to apply for pre-approval for a 3-day reduced quarantine period from the appropriate Ministry and the actual short-term…

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Japanese government announces significant changes to border restrictions

The Japanese government has announced some significant changes to its border restrictions. The first is to shorten the mandatory quarantine period following entry into the country to 3 days for certain vaccinated individuals not already subject to 6 or 10 day mandatory quarantine in specified facilities. The second is to permit certain (i) business visitors…

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Japanese government explores use of digital vaccine passports

The Japanese government is currently exploring the use of digital vaccine passports, which it is expected to roll out later this year. Jackson Sogo is skeptical that vaccination will be required as a requirement of re-entry for Japanese nationals but thinks there is a good possibility the Japanese government may require it of foreign nationals,…

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Japanese Immigration Compliance – Confirming legal residence and appropriate residence status for foreign nationals

Japanese employers are required to check the residence status of any new or lateral foreign hires to confirm that they are (i) residing in Japan legally, and(ii) have the appropriate residence status to engage in the proposed work activities for the employer and have an ongoing duty to continuously monitor and confirm legal residence and…

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Vaccine passports coming to Japan

Japanese Immigration has announced that Japan will be rolling out a vaccine passport to facilitate international travel. The passport, which can be applied for at your local ward or municipal office beginning July 26th, will indicate the date and type of your covid vaccination but, unlike earlier media reports, will not include information on any…

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Japan Immigration Update

Continued PCR testing at border (including for those vaccinated against covid-19) Travelers to Japan should note that: a negative PCR test is required 72 hours before your flight and after arrival; you will be subject to a 2 week quarantine after entering Japan; and you may not use public transportation during that 2 week period….

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Jeff Jackson elected as Treasurer of ACCJ Chubu and named Co-Chair of ACCJ Chubu’s Independent Business Committee

Effective January 1, 2021, Jeff Jackson, the founder and managing partner of Jackson Sogo, was installed as Treasurer of the ACCJ Chubu Chapter and Co-Chair of the ACCJ Chubu Chapter’s Independent Business Committee. Through these positions, Jackson Sogo will continue to seek out ways to support the initiatives and goals of the ACCJ as well…

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