The Japanese government announced that it is banning entry in principle of foreigners who have visited Kenya, Venezuela and 15 other countries for the past 14 days prior to arriving in Japan.  In addition, all Japanese citizens (and any foreigners excluded from the entry ban) who have visited any of the countries subject to the

The Japanese government will look to begin discussions around mid-July to resume flights for certain qualified business purposes to China, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Mongolia.  Further details on the Japanese government’s plans for negotiations are expected to be announced soon.  As discussed in our prior blog post, this

Effective July 1, 2020 at midnight Japan time, the Japanese government announced that it is banning entry in principle of foreigners who have visited Algeria, Cuba, Iraq and 15 other countries for the past 14 days prior to arriving in Japan.  In addition, all Japanese citizens (and any foreigners excluded from the entry ban) who

Effective Wednesday, June 24, 2020, the US President issued a Proclamation that restricts travel to the United States for certain temporary visa holders in three relevant categories of substantial importance to companies, for the remainder of the year: Please see below for Japanese summary.

トランプ米政権は、多くの企業が使用している下記の就労ビザを使った外国人のアメリカへの入国を今年年末まで停止する大統領令を発表した。本大統領令は、本年6月24日から効力を持つ。

  • H-1B(専門職用ビザ。様々な階級の従業員向けで多く利用される。)
  • L-1(企業内役員、管理職、専門職などの従業員向けビザ。シニアの従業員に利用されることが多い。)
  • J-1(インターン、研修生、教師、キャンプカウンセラー、オーペア、サマー・ワーク&トラベルプログラム参加者向けビザ。利用はそこまで多くなく、ジュニアレベルの従業員に用いられることが多い。)

本大統領令は、各国に所在する米国大使館の各種の新規移民ビザ発給手続きを60日間停止した本年4月22日付大統領令(“Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,”)の条項を延長するものでもある。ただし、米国国内に滞在し、企業のスポンサーを受けて、米国市民権・移民業務局(USCIS)で「グリーン・カード」(米国永住権)の取得手続中の当事者(つまり、海外に所在する米国大使館を通じて手続を行っていない当事者)に影響はない。


Continue Reading トランプ米政権による米国就労ビザ発給停止について 概要

As a first step to implementing a system for broadening entry into the country, the Japanese government is currently engaging in discussions to begin permitting entry of certain individuals from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand for business purposes, including management, executives, specialists, technical trainees and internal company transferees.  As discussed in our prior blog post, these four countries are among the 111 countries whose visitors are largely restricted from entering Japan.  Although individuals who are permitted into the country will be exempt from the overarching travel restrictions currently in place (e.g., 14 day self-isolation in Japan upon landing), such individuals will be permitted to travel within Japan only for specified work purposes (discussed below) and will be banned from using public transportation for two weeks upon landing in Japan.

Continue Reading Japan Considering Entry of Certain Individuals From Thailand and Three Other Countries – a Potential System for Broadening Future Entry

Effective May 27, 2020 at midnight Japan time, the Japanese government announced that it is banning entry of foreigners who have visited India, Argentina, South Africa or eight other countries for the past 14 days prior to arriving in Japan.  On May 22, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had placed a Level 3 travel warning

On May 25, 2020, the Japanese government announced that it is lifting the state of emergency for all of Japan.  Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Hokkaido had still been under a state of emergency.  The Japanese government will continue to monitor the state of COVID-19 in each prefecture every three weeks.

While the national government

On May 21, 2020, the Japanese government announced that it is lifting the state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo.  The largely voluntary measures under the state of emergency will remain in place with respect to Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures (Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa), as well as Hokkaido.   The state of emergency with respect

As the world continues to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are increasingly facing uncertainty over employment-related questions. Mayer Brown partners Marcia Goodman and Yoshihide Ito spoke in a webinar presentation sponsored by the TOP Group focusing on HR legal and practical issues arising from COVID-19.

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On May 14, 2020, the Japanese government announced that it has lifted the state of emergency for 39 prefectures, including Aichi, Fukuoka and Ibaraki. Although the largely voluntary restrictive measures under the state of emergency have been lifted with respect to these 39 prefectures, the Japanese government requests that people within these prefectures try to