VACCINATIONS (percentages are of total population)
80.4% – Percentage receiving one dose
79.1% – Percentage Fully Vaccinated
The government announced the stricter entry restrictions will continue until the end of February. It will be reassessed at that time. No one but Japanese citizens and foreign residents are allowed to enter Japan at this time. Depending on their point of origin, they may have to quarantine at a government-designated location for 3 to 6 days before being allowed to finish their 10 days of total quarantine at home.
The Japanese government has eased the restrictions of who will have to quarantine and for how long if someone tests positive on the airplane.
Japan will accept foreign students starting in February. These will be government-sponsored students. There will be only 87 students accepted in February.
The current country-wide 7-day moving average has risen drastically over the last two weeks.
The government has issued a quasi-state of emergency for the Okinawa, Yamaguchi and Hiroshima prefectures. Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Aichi, Gifu, Mie, and Miyazaki prefectures are being considered for the quasi-state of emergency.
Over the New Years Holiday, domestic travel was up 50 to 75% over 2021, but 15 to 30% less than 2020.
The government has released a smartphone app that will be used for proof of vaccinations. This app can be used by Japanese citizens and foreign residents for domestic and international travel. This app will be accepted in 76 countries.
Japan has arranged to purchase the new Merck oral COVID drug. The first shipments will be arriving before the end of the year.
Booster vaccinations have started. The original length of time suggested after the second vaccination for the booster was shortened by one month.
The government is still recommending the use of masks.
Japan now has the highest fully-vaccinated rate of the G7 countries.
International tourists are still not allowed entry to Japan. There has been no indication from the Japanese government when this may be changed.