Tag - visas



Japan Times
Oct 22, 2018
New Japan residence status planned for foreign blue-collar workers
The Justice Ministry has announced the gist of draft revisions to laws including the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act to create two new types of visa.
Japan Times
Dec 5, 2017
North Korean soccer teams arrive in Japan on specially issued visas
North Korea's men's and women's national soccer teams arrived Tuesday at Tokyo's Haneda airport from Beijing, gaining entry with visas issued despite Japan's ongoing ban on citizens from the country.
Japan Times
Oct 13, 2017
UAE follows Qatar and Kuwait lead and terminates North Korea diplomatic mission
The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday it was ending the mission of North Korea's nonresident ambassador and terminating its own envoy's services in Pyongyang, the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM.
Japan Times
Sep 23, 2017
Firms seeking foreign help get guidance on visas
The Justice Ministry has drafted guidelines to help companies that want to hire international students understand the types of jobs eligible for granting visas.
Aug 28, 2017
Trump administration weighs cuts in cultural, work exchange visas: WSJ
President Donald Trump's administration is considering reducing visas for U.S. cultural and work exchange programs, including au pairs and summer workers, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 30, 2017
Japan considers detaining some asylum seekers to curb alleged abuse of refugee system
Claiming that its refugee system is being abused by foreign job seekers, the government considers arresting some asylum seekers once their visas expire.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 21, 2017
Migrants exploiting refugee applicant loophole to work in labor-scarce Japan
Sayaka Hirose is a Tokyo-based immigration lawyer specializing in assisting Indonesians coming to Japan. She says that in the past two years her clients have been seeking legal advice on an issue she had never encountered before.
Dec 28, 2016
Russia easing visa requirements for Japanese
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday it will loosen visa requirements for Japanese visitors as of Jan. 1.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 15, 2016
Japan's permanent residency rules may be loosened to lure global talent
The requirement time for highly skilled foreign professionals to apply for permanent residency may be shortened under a move being considered by the government to help lure more global talent to Japan.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 8, 2016
Two arrested over alleged Thai prostitution racket in Tokyo
A Thai woman and a Chinese female operator of a sex parlor in Tokyo have been arrested for allegedly arranging for another Thai woman overstaying in Japan to provide sexual services, police said Friday.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2016
Japan issued record number of visas to Chinese in 2015, up 85%
Japan handed out 3.78 million visas to Chinese nationals in 2015, up about 85 percent from the previous year as Chinese tourist arrivals increased on a weaker yen and relaxed visa rules, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
Mar 18, 2016
Visa fee waiver extended for disaster-zone tourists
The Foreign Ministry on Friday extended its visa fee waiver for tourists who visit Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures for five more years to help the region damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami recover.
Japan Times
Dec 3, 2015
Civic group to sue government for not issuing visas to Chinese war victims
A civic group opposed to recently enacted legislation authorizing the biggest changes since World War II to Japan's military posture said Thursday it will sue the government for refusing to issue visas to Chinese war victims to attend a protest rally last week.
Japan Times
Oct 26, 2015
Plan to hire more foreign housekeepers no easy chore, say industry players
The role of housekeepers has come under the spotlight as the government looks to them to provide working mothers with help at home as one way to prop up the nation's dwindling workforce.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 23, 2015
Japan's so-called visa overstayers tell of life in legal limbo
Eight children petition the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau for clemency to allow their families to stay in the country so they can continue their lives.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 19, 2015
Immigration crackdown seen as paving the way for state to expel valid visa-holders
After successfully expelling visa overstayers over the past decade, Japan is now shifting its immigration control focus to a new target: people in the country on bogus visas.
Japan Times
Aug 9, 2015
Desperately seeking visas: a mixed bag of queries
One of the perennial topics that crops up regularly in reader inquiries is visas. Here are some answers that cover fairly common situations.
May 19, 2015
Japanese visa-free visits to Russian-held isles halted
A visit this month by Japanese to the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido under a visa-free exchange program has been canceled due to Russia's request for the submission of certain travel documents, sources said.
Japan Times
Jan 1, 2015
Hate, muzzle and poll: a top 10 of issues for 2014
A recap of the top 10 human-rights news events affecting non-Japanese (NJ) in Japan last year.
Japan Times
Nov 18, 2014
Japan's hospitality industry gets tips on serving Muslims
An academic with a background in the airline industry is teaching tourism agencies in Japan about Muslim visitors and Islamic law to help the country better accommodate visitors at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
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