January 14th – The Japanese government announced on the evening of the 13th that if Japanese entering a foreign country, or foreigners who enter the country for medical treatment and other humanitarian reasons, who do not comply with the epidemic prevention measures stipulated by the government, such as self-quarantine for 14 days, will be subject to new punishment measures such as publicizing their names.
In addition to being made public, foreigners who do not comply with the regulations will also be disqualified from staying in the country and forced to leave the country.
According to Japan’s Daily News on the 14th, in December last year (2020), a Japanese man who returned from the United Kingdom violated regulations during self-quarantine and had dinner with many people, causing the spread of the epidemic in Japan.
In addition to the man’s own diagnosis, the two people at his table were also diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. In view of this, the Japanese government decided to take stricter epidemic prevention measures.
The Japanese government requires Japanese or foreigners to submit an “pledge” when entering Japan, indicating that they must abide by the epidemic prevention policy and will be punished by public names and other penalties if they violate them.
Entry personnel must be isolated at home or accommodation for 14 days, and try not to take public transportation such as trams.
Japanese who violate the regulations will be made public, and foreigners who comply with the regulations will be disqualified from staying in the country and forced to leave the country in addition to disclosing their names.
On the 13th, the Japanese government basically decided to suspend the previously implemented measures to liberalize business contacts with 11 countries and regions.
Foreigners who can enter the country in the future have only medical treatment, participation in the funeral of relatives and other humanitarian reasons and holders of retention qualifications.