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Gov’t begins checking visitors entering Japan for installation of COVID-19 apps

  • March 19, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 43
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As a COVID-19 containment measure, the Japanese government began to check whether people entering Japan at Narita and Haneda airports have installed smartphone apps to monitor their location and health condition.


According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the measure is intended to ensure that those who enter Japan are quarantined at their homes or hotels for 14 days after entry. People entering Japan are asked to install three apps: OSSMA for location confirmation, COCOA for contact-tracing, and Skype for video calls. Those who do not own smartphones are asked to rent a smartphone at their own expense at the airport. Similar measures will be implemented at Kansai, Chubu, and other airports.


When visitors enter Japan, they are requested to submit a written pledge regarding use of the apps. If people do not follow directions such as providing their location during quarantine, their names may be released. Foreign nationals may have their visas revoked or may be subject to forced deportation.


At the waiting area for PCR test results at Narita Airport, staff of an MHLW vendor checked each person’s smartphone for installation of the designated apps by navigating the smartphone together with its owner. The staff gave advice to those who had not installed the apps. (Kyodo)

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