Japan's new passport design to feature Hokusai's famous Fuji series

May 18, 2016

Japan's new passport design to feature Hokusai's famous Fuji series

The Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it will use Katsushika Hokusai’s series of landscape prints “Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji” for the new design of immigration stamp pages in the country’s passport. The work of the famous Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock print artist, who was ...

Journalist's new passport bans Iraq, Syria visits

Apr 11, 2015

Journalist's new passport bans Iraq, Syria visits

An experienced war photographer has vowed to fight the government after being issued a passport that specifically bars him from going to violence-wracked Iraq and Syria. Yuichi Sugimoto, who has been reporting from conflict zones for 20 years, had his passport confiscated in February ...

Apr 7, 2015

Photographer seeking to enter Syria may be allowed limited travel

The Foreign Ministry is considering issuing a new passport that would allow limited travel overseas to a freelance photographer after it confiscated his previous one to stop him from going to Syria, a diplomatic source said. The passport would likely prevent Yuichi Sugimoto, 58, ...

Jan 17, 2015

Foreign Ministry to revamp Japanese passports in time for Tokyo Olympics

The Foreign Ministry is looking to revamp the design of Japanese passports and strengthening measures against fabrication and falsification, officials said. The ministry is considering a design that symbolizes Japan for immigration stamp pages, and is looking at instances of other countries that use ...