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2020/11/02 WHO CAN ENTER JAPAN STARTING NOVEMBER 1ST
Current status of immigration restrictionsJapan currently denies entry to most countries in the world. Please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the full list.Starting in September foreigners with long-term visa statuses (of longer than three months) were allowed to re-enter Japan. This was expanded to new entries as well as re-entries starting in October.Japanese nationals returning from overseas business trips and foreigners with residency visas are also exempt from the current two-week quarantine requirement.Changes starting November 1st1. Nine countries removed from list of countries subject to denial of entryEffective the afternoon of October 30th, nine countries were removed from the list of countries subject to denial of entry. These are: Australia, Brunei, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam.2. Exemption for 72-hour business trips to be postponedThe Japanese government had been considering letting business travelers enter the country for stays of less than 72-hours without being subject to a 14-day quarantine period, starting in November. Business travelers would still have to have a certificate showing a negative COVD-19 test result and to submit an itinerary during their stay but would not be subject to a 14-day quarantine (waiting) period.Due to the recent surges in COVID cases in the United States and many European countries, Japan will now postpone this exemption.3. Exemption from 2-week quarantine for people returning from overseas business tripsStarting November 1st, Japanese citizens and foreigners with a status of residence (residence visa) going overseas on business will be exempt from the mandatory 2-week quarantine (waiting period) if they return to Japan within a week. They will still be required to provide proof of a negative COVID test, an itinerary of their planned activities, and to travel only between their work and home.4. Lifting of recommendation to suspend travel to nine designated countriesOn October 30th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs lifted its recommendation to suspend travel to nine countries which have been deemed to have effectively controlled the spread of the coronavirus. These are Australia, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, China (including Hong Kong), New Zealand, Brunei, Viet Nam, and Taiwan.The travel recommendation for these countries has been lowered from Level 3 to Level 2, which means that travelers should refrain from non-urgent travel.5. Travel recommendation level raised for Myanmar and JordanThe travel recommendation for Myanmar and Jordan has been raised from Level 2 to Level 3 (out of four levels), which recommendations stopping travel to these countries.6. Viet Nam added to list of countries exempt from quarantine by returneesOn November 1st, Viet Nam will be added to the list of countries whose citizens are exempt from quarantining when they return to Japan. Currently, only South Korea and Singapore qualify.
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2020/08/05 Toranomon Hills Station-Opening of new station on Hibiya Line
Since its opening in 1964, Toranomon Hills Station, the latest station on the Hibiya Line, opened on June 6th. The station is located between Kamiyacho Station and Kamiyacho Station, and is directly connected to the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit System) that connects the Tokyo Bay area and the city center and Toranomon Station on the Ginza Line. The new station will also be connected to Toranomon Hills Station Tower, a high-rise complex developed by Mori Building Co., Ltd., which will open in July 2023.The opening day of the new station on June 6th was originally scheduled for July 24th and should have happened at the same time as the start of the Tokyo Olympics. It was intended to be the main means of transportation for spectators to and from the Tokyo Bay Area and the game venues in central Tokyo. However, due to the influence of the coronavirus, it was postponed to July 2021. If the urban redevelopment project underway in the Toranomon area goes into full swing as desired, Toranomon Hills Station will inevitably become the main means of transportation in the city center. Redevelopment of Toranomon areaMori Building plans to tentatively develop three new mixed-use towers. In the midst of major redevelopment of the Toranomon area are the Toranomon Hills Business Tower, Toranomon Hills Residential Tower and Toranomon Hills Station Tower. When completed, these complexes will be 800,000 square meters, which is comparable in size to Roppongi Hills. An office space of 300,000 square meters, a commercial space of 260,000 square meters, and a residential area of 720 units will be created. Appeal to foreign companies and foreign residentsMany foreign-affiliated companies, embassies, and foreign residents gather at Toranomon. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has a long-term strategy to make the city more competitive as a location for international corporate headquarters, including a living environment that is attractive to foreigners. Concerns about the new coronavirusIf corona measures need to be implemented over the long term (including broader recruitment of telecommuting), the Toranomon redevelopment project may not be able to attract the initially expected number of office tenants. It has been pointed out.(Source: Tokyo Metro, Mori Building Co., Ltd., Nikkei Newspaper, excerpt from June 2, 2020)