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COVID-19 Info No.13

The Ministry of Justice has announced that, from 1st September, foreign nationals residing in Japan will be allowed to re-enter Japan after having left the country, subject to certain procedural requirements (including a formal request before departure and a negative testing certificate prior to return). This ends a months-long restriction for foreigners living in Japan to travel to their home country and return to Japan. For further information please refer to the MOJ announcement in English.

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COVID-19 Info No.12

With effect of 24 July 2020, the Ministry of Justice has added 17 countries to the ban list of countries from which the entry to Japan is principally prohibited. The complete ban list in English can be found here: Foreign...

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COVID-19 Info No.11

In an announcement dated 1 July 2020, the Japanese Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has added further 18 countries to the ban list of countries from where the entry to Japan is principally prohibited. An English translation of the announcement, which includes the latest...

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COVID-19 Info No.10

In an announcement dated 12 June 2020, the Japanese Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published exemptions from the general refusal of entry for foreigners who have stayed in a country on the immigration ban list published by the MoJ. Further information on the entry...

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COVID-19 Info No.09

The Japanese Government lifts the COVID-19 state of emergency nationwide. Tokyo and four other prefectures (Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama and Hokkaido) were the last regions where the emergency state has been removed. Entry restrictions to Japan for foreign nationals still...

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COVID-19 Info No.07

With view on the less than expected decrease of infections in Japan, the Japanese government has extended the nationwide state of emergency declaration to 31 May 2020.

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COVID-19 Info No.06

The Japanese Government expanded the state of emergency to the entire nation as new COVID-19 cases continue to spread. The legally non-enforceable measure urges residents to stay home and puts political and social pressure on much of public life to be closed down. The...

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COVID-19 Info No.05

The Japanese Government declared a state of emergency effective from 7 April and lasting through 6 May. This applies to Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures. As a consequence, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government requests all residents to stay at home and avoid all...

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COVID-19 Info No.04

On 7 April a webinar organized by the German Chamber and dealing with the legal implications of the COVID-19 outbreak for employment relations in Japan was held by our labor law experts. An excerpt of the presentation can be found below.

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