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GOJ to start issuing digital vaccine certificates in December

  • September 5, 2021
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Nikkei, Sankei
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Sunday’s Nikkei wrote that the GOJ will start issuing digital COVID-19 vaccination certificates in December that utilize QR codes on a smartphone app. The GOJ and municipalities currently issue vaccine certificates on paper for overseas travel but have begun developing methods to read and confirm QR codes displayed on a smartphone app at airports. The G7 nations issued a joint statement at their latest summit saying that common standards are needed to regulate the flow of people, including the mutual authentication of apps. The paper wrote that Japan will create a system that complies with international standards based on this view. However, since immigration regulations are based on the principle of reciprocity, Japan’s vaccination certificates may not be accepted by other countries if Japan refuses to accept their vaccination certificates or allow their citizens to enter the country. Tuesday’s Asahi, Mainichi, and Sankei ran similar reports.


Tuesday’s Nikkei and Asahi wrote that the GOJ discussed the matter at its meeting on Monday on promoting digitalization and decided to designate the project as a priority item for the Digital Agency. The papers also wrote that the GOJ will put together in the near future action plans for using vaccine certificates for domestic purposes such as admission to restaurants and events.

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