Nikkei wrote that the GOJ is planning to start issuing COVID-19 vaccine certificates by late July through municipal governments. The GOJ will initially issue paper certificates for overseas travel and not for domestic activities but will develop a digital system using a smartphone app by the end of the year. Applicants will need to submit their passport information and vaccination ticket numbers to apply for the certificates, and municipalities will check if the applications match the information stored in the vaccination record system. The certificates will include such information as passport number, name, and nationality as well as the brand of vaccine received. The GOJ will brief local governments on the administrative process on Friday. The paper wrote that the move is aimed at bringing the pandemic-ravaged economy back onto a growth path by supporting Japanese firms’ business activities in foreign countries.
In a related report, Asahi wrote that Keidanren submitted a request to the GOJ on Thursday calling for the early implementation of a vaccine passport system. The business federation is also calling for the system to be applied to domestic activities.