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Japan needs mutual recognition for 'vaccine passports': AmCham

Country's largest foreign business lobby calls for reciprocal treatment

Japanese airline ANA's trial digital health passport: Business groups have called on Japan to apply entry and quarantine measures equally to foreigners and Japanese. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan needs to ensure mutual recognition of its planned COVID-19 vaccine certificate, which would allow foreigners who have received their shots abroad to enter the country without restrictions, an executive from the country's largest foreign business lobby has told Nikkei Asia.

Christopher LaFleur, special adviser and former chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, has asked the Japanese government to ensure that free entry is guaranteed for vaccinated foreign travelers from countries that lift entry restrictions for such travelers from Japan.

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