EBC, ACCJ and IBAJ publish a joint statement on the current Japan entry restrictions. Read below or by downloading the PDF. (Japanese text included in the PDF)
Joint Statement on Entry Restrictions in Japan The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), the European Business Council in Japan (EBC) and the International Bankers Association of Japan (IBA) appreciate the Government of Japan's efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Japan. However, Japan’s ban on entry by business and student travelers goes considerably beyond the steps its major partners have taken and has imposed real and increasing economic and human costs. The ban and the moratorium on the issuance of new visas have set back efforts to revive the economy and promote Japan as a destination for investments and a global financial hub, prevented Japanese and global companies alike from bringing in the talent they need, separated spouses and other family members, and stopped tens of thousands of foreign students from studying in Japan. The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries not to impose blanket travel bans, warning that they are ineffective in preventing the spread of the virus and create economic and social misery. We join the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai), the Japan Association of New Economy (JANE), scholars and students, and other business leaders worldwide in urging Japan to quickly adopt a science-based entry policy which permits vaccinated business assignees and business travelers, students and teachers, and separated family members to enter the country.
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