The Yomiuri Shimbun
People who visit Japan to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be given residency status for “designated activities,” allowing them in principle to stay up to six months and to travel with their spouses and children.
This is the first time for the government to support foreign visitors in such a way at Olympic and Paralympic Games held in Japan.
In past cases, the government has given officials of the Games “temporary visitor” status, the same as players and coaches. However, this status permits only a 90-day stay. Responding to complaints that 90 days were not enough for preparation, the Organizing Committee asked the government to implement appropriate measures.
The government expects that the officials of sports associations, who need to conduct field research, and members of the overseas media will be eligible for the designated activities status. People with this status will be able to enter and leave Japan during the period of stay.
To apply for the status, it is necessary to obtain permission from the Organizing Committee in advance.
The Justice Ministry will accept applications for the designated activities status from mid-June, and it is expected to start awarding as early as this summer.