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Japan immigration

Japan screens foreign researchers for espionage risks

Visa applicants must disclose sponsors and travel histories under new rule

Chinese nationals obtained more than 70% of Japanese visas issued for highly skilled professionals, including researchers and engineers.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan has set stricter screening requirements for foreign researchers entering the country, aiming to keep sensitive research and technologies from leaking to China and elsewhere.

In order to apply for a Japanese visa, researchers and students need to obtain a certificate of eligibility from their schools and employers. The document includes such information as their purpose of travel and their planned address in Japan.

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