Tag - passports



Passengers walk past a sign directing them to specific lines for EU and non EU passports as they arrive at Dublin Airport in Ireland in September 2019.
WORLD / Society
Jan 11, 2024
These are the world’s most powerful passports in 2024
A decade ago, the two countries shared the top spot, but comparing this year’s list to the 2014 ranking reveals some other major shifts.
Japan’s passport gives visa-free entry to 192 global destinations, according to the latest Henley Passport Index. The country lost the top spot to Singapore earlier this year, after leading the list for five straight years.
Dec 19, 2023
Japan’s travel industry urges people to get their mighty passports
Japan’s passport gives visa-free entry to 192 global destinations, according to the latest Henley Passport Index.
Japan Times
May 5, 2023
Japan Times 1923: Many tourists ignore Japan passport rule
Stories about tourists and immigrants abound in editions of The Japan Times from 1923, 1973 and 1998.
Japan Times
Mar 26, 2023
Japan to end service of adding blank passport pages, the last in G20
Japan was advised to end the service by the International Civil Aviation Organization over difficulties discerning such passports from counterfeit ones.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 23, 2023
Japan orders YouTuber and former lawmaker GaaSyy to surrender his passport
Tokyo police plan to put the 51-year-old, whose real name is Yoshikazu Higashitani, on an international wanted list through the International Criminal Police Organization, sources said.
Japan Times
Jan 11, 2023
These are the best passports for travelers to hold in 2023
Japan starts the year with the world's most powerful passport, allowing visa-free entry to 193 global destinations.
Japan Times
Jul 20, 2021
Japan now checking arrivals' vaccine status as government weighs eased entry rules
With more than 10 different vaccines used around the world, a number of issues remain to be resolved, including whether those not approved by the government will be recognized.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 5, 2021
Japan seeks to have vaccine passports accepted by over 10 nations
The Japanese government plans to continue requiring travelers entering Japan, including returnees, to quarantine for two weeks even if they have been vaccinated.
Japan Times
Mar 27, 2021
The business case for vaccine passports
While several countries and regions are preparing to unveil systems of inoculation proof, vaccine passports have met resistance from some quarters.
Feb 5, 2020
Japan to improve how its passports show birth names of married citizens
The Foreign Ministry will change the way it records birth names in passports for those who adopt the surname of their spouse, in order to display both names more clearly, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Feb 3, 2020
New Japanese passports featuring ukiyo-e by Katsushika Hokusai to be issued from this month
The iconic “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” as well as other pieces from the series “Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji” will be printed onto the pages as an anti-forgery measure.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 31, 2019
Passports, maiden names, brackets: Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono wades into a minefield
When Foreign Minister Taro Kono wrote on Twitter that he would order his ministry to look into the contentious issue of maiden names on passports in response to a tweet in early June, he may not have been aware of the minefield he was about to step into.
Japan Times
Jul 16, 2019
Ex-captive Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda denied passport by Foreign Ministry
Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who returned home last year after more than three years of captivity in Syria, said Tuesday the government has denied him a new passport, effectively preventing him from traveling overseas.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2019
Freed Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda has been attempting to obtain new passport for five months
Journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who returned home last year after more than three years in captivity in Syria, has been attempting to obtain a passport for five months but the Foreign Ministry has yet to make a decision on his application.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Apr 25, 2019
'Creeping annexation': Putin confronts new Ukraine leader with rebel-zone passports
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree offering passports to people in breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine, triggering calls for more sanctions against Moscow from the incoming leadership in Kiev.
Japan Times
Feb 14, 2019
Gender-neutral Canadian activist shows solidarity with Japan's LGBT communities
Gemma Hickey entered Japan this week with something no Japanese national can obtain — a gender-neutral passport in which the gender category shows neither female nor male, but an "X."
Japan Times
Feb 5, 2019
Journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka ordered to surrender passport in Tokyo on way to report on Yemen humanitarian crisis
At immigration control, an officer told Tsuneoka that his passport had been invalidated and that he was ordered to relinquish it — in effect banning him from leaving.
Japan Times
Oct 10, 2018
Japan has the strongest passport in the world according to new Henley & Partners ranking
Passports carried by Japanese nationals allow holders to travel freely to 190 countries and territories, according to the latest study by the global law firm.
Japan Times
Jun 21, 2018
New Panama Papers release reveals four Japanese had their passport information compromised
Those targeted were unwittingly registered as representatives of firms that operated Japanese-language dating websites and were based in Anguilla, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Deep Dive
Apr 19, 2018
Dual citizenship in Japan: A 'don’t ask, don’t tell' policy leaves many in the dark
Do you have to renounce citizenship? Do you switch passports at the airport? Has anyone ever been punished? Dual nationals tell their stories.


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