Weather Alert – U.S. Consulate Fukuoka – September 4, 2020

Typhoon Haishen is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of #Kyushu Area beginning Sunday evening September 6, 2020 until Monday evening September 7, 2020. If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone areas, prepare by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes …

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Farewell Message to U.S. Citizen Diamond Princess Passengers and Crew from Chargé d’Affaires Joseph Young and the American Embassy Consular Team

The U.S. Embassy and the Department of State have no higher priority than the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad. My team and I are pleased to let you know that the final U.S. citizen passenger, of the nearly 80 who were hospitalized in Japan, has returned to the United States. We are extremely …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (July 9, 2020) 

Location: JapanDate: July 9, 2020 State of COVID-19 Measures in Japan The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor closely the COVID-19 outbreak in Japan. The Government of Japan has continued to relax restrictions put in place a few months ago. According to press reports, the government plans to increase the maximum number of attendees permitted at …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo, July 8, 2020

Location: Central and Southern Japan Event: Heavy rain continues in prefectures throughout central and southern Japan. Expect sustained rainfall, flooding, and possible landslides, often occurring without warning. U.S. citizens should carefully monitor their local conditions, as well as the Japan Meteorological Agency’s (JMA) updated landslide risks and weather warnings. The JMA has issued …

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Passport Renewal in Japan Gets Easier with Online Payment

June 22, 2020 The U.S. Mission in Japan is pleased to announce a convenient way to renew passports for adult U.S. citizens in Japan. Effective June 22, passport renewals by mail will include an online fee payment option. Since Japan Post stopped issuing international money orders in late 2019, most passport applicants renewing in Japan …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 29, 2020)

Japan continues to experience a steady increase in COVID-19 cases. To reduce the spread of the virus, the Government of Japan has asked residents to avoid crossing prefectural borders for non-essential travel, including during the Golden Week holiday from April 29 to May 6. The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to comply with all …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 22, 2020)

Japan continues to experience a steady increase in COVID-19 cases. As of April 21st, more than 11,500 cases have been detected nationwide. The increased number of COVID-19 cases is putting pressure on healthcare capacity, and several prefectures have responded with steps to expand the number of available hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. These steps include …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 13, 2020)

Location: JapanDate: April 13, 2020 State of Emergency in Japan On April 7, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for seven prefectures – Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka – for a period of one month until May 6. More prefectures may be added to the list covered …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 10, 2020)

On April 7, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for seven prefectures – Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka – for a period of one month until May 6. The prime minister outlined measures such as teleworking, social distancing, and e-learning to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 7, 2020)

On April 2, 2020, the U.S Department of State suspended processing of routine passport and citizenship services for U.S. citizens overseas. As of April 8, 2020, and in accordance with this worldwide directive, the Embassy and consulates in Japan have canceled all routine passport and citizenship appointments. Until further notice, we are only able to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 6, 2020)

Certain areas of Japan continue to experience significant increases in COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced April 6 that he intends to declare on April 7 a state of emergency regarding the coronavirus pandemic for seven areas of Japan – Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka – for a period of around …

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U.S. Embassy Letter Regarding COVID-19 to U.S. Citizen English Teachers and Advisors in Japan

TO: U.S. Citizen English Teachers and Advisors in JapanDATE: April 1, 2020 The U.S. Embassy has no higher priority than the protection and safety of U.S. citizens in Japan. While all U.S. government-sponsored exchange and teaching programs are suspended, we are aware that throughout the country, thousands of U.S. citizens are working as English teachers …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

Date: March 26, 2020 Location: Japan Japan’s Enhanced Screening and Quarantine Measures for Travelers from the United States: The Government of Japan has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Effective March 26, all travelers arriving from the United States, including Japanese citizens, will be required to self-quarantine for a …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (March 23, 2020) Location:  Japan Event: Japan’s Enhanced Screening and Quarantine Measures for Travelers from the United States: The government of Japan has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Effective March 26, all travelers arriving from the United States, including Japanese citizens, will be …

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CDC Travel Notice for Japan – Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Japan. Widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported in Japan. Widespread ongoing transmission means that people have been infected with the virus, but how or where they became infected is not known, and virus transmission is …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. …

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Suspension of Routine Visa Services

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and all Consulates in Japan have suspended routine Nonimmigrant visa and Immigrant visa appointments. Diplomatic/official visa applications and other visa applications that do not require an in-person interview are not affected and will continue to be processed at this …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

March 13, 2020 Location: Japan Event: There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China. The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 110,000 reported cases worldwide. The Government of Japan has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

March 12, 2020 Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

Exercise Increased Caution due to an outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2). A novel (new) coronavirus disease, recently designated as COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in China in December 2019. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization determined the …

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Updates on COVID-19 in Japan

April 2 In a video message to U.S. citizens in Japan, Charge d’Affaires Joe Young discusses the Japanese government’s recent travel restrictions as well as where Americans can get accurate and updated information about COVID-19. March 27 Listen to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield’s interview with the FOX News Rundown podcast. March 26 The …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Date: February 3, 2020 Location: Tokyo, Japan Event: Coronavirus Outbreak – Travel Restrictions, Safety Measures The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China and subsequently declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). For current …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Japan Post Bank to Stop Issuing International Postal Money Orders, Change Impacts U.S. Passport Renewals by Mail

November 29, 2019 As of the close of business on December 30, 2019, Japan Post Bank (Yu-cho Bank – JPゆうちょ銀行) will no longer issue International Postal Money Orders. After this date, it will not be possible to purchase money orders for mail-in passport renewals in Japan outside of U.S. military installations as noted below. The …

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Alert: Typhoon Prapiroon Update – July 2, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Prapiroon (Typhoon No. 7) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Kyushu beginning late Monday, July 2, and continuing through Tuesday, July 3. In conjunction with this storm, the Japan Meteorological Agency may issue …

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Alert: Typhoon Prapiroon June 29, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Prapiroon (Typhoon No. 7) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Okinawa Prefecture and Amami Islands in southern Kagoshima Prefecture beginning early Saturday, June 30, and continuing through late Sunday, July 1. The storm …

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Alert: Hurricane and Typhoon Season – June 27, 2018

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2018, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those …

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Alert: Osaka Earthquake – June 18, 2018

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Osaka at approximately 8:00 am JST. There have been three confirmed deaths, and reports of more than 50 other casualties. Train lines in the area are currently suspended. No tsunami warning has been issued. The weather agency has issued a warning against landslides, adding that people should be cautious about …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

January 31, 2018 Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Emergency Preparedness

August 31, 2017 Mid-way through the 2017 Typhoon season and ahead of September National Preparedness Month in Japan, the U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens living and traveling in Japan of the importance of staying connected and having access to the latest local emergency information. The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo encourages U.S. citizens …

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Consular Services in Yamaguchi on September 7 and 8

The Consulate in Fukuoka will be making a consular services visit to Iwakuni City and Yamaguchi City. A Consul and staff member will be available to accept applications for U.S. passports and birth registrations, perform notary services, and assist with other consular matters. Please note that all services are by appointment only. Please contact the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Noru (No. 5)

August 4, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Noru (Typhoon Number 5) is expected to make landfall near Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture during the morning of August 5, 2017, and then move on to affect Kyushu and possibly other parts of Japan.  In conjunction with this storm, the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest on Anniversary of 1945 Tokyo Bombing

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest on Anniversary of 1945 Tokyo Bombing March 10, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place around the Embassy and surrounding areas between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM on March 10. Protestors will be demonstrating to call attention to the 1945 bombing of …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Absentee Voting in 2017

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal …

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