Department of State Development

Key and up to date information on the situation in Japan, including restriction, screening and quarantine measures for travellers is available at Coronavirus (COVID-19) advisory information, Japan.

  • On 22 May, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) officially published ‘Roadmap to Overcoming COVID-19’ to balance both ‘disease prevention’ as well as ‘economic and social activities’. The five key points of this roadmap are:
  1. Stay at home and refrain from non-essential outings while the State of Emergency remains in place
  2. Strike a balance between economic and everyday social activities and proper monitoring of infections
  3. Activate a ‘Tokyo Alert’ to warn residents when a spread in infections has occurred (requesting that residents again refrain from non-essential outings) 
  4. Build up healthcare and testing systems to respond to a second wave in cases, which is likely to occur
  5. Create a society in which daily habits to prevent the spread of the virus are firmly established as the new normal.
  • As of 25 May, the Japanese Government has completely lifted the State of Emergency in all prefectures
  • With the state of emergency lifted, the Tokyo area has moved into Step 2 of a 4-step re-opening process, allowing the re-opening of museums, libraries and indoor sporting facilities, as well as extending the business hours for restaurants and bars until 10pm.
  • On 2 June, Tokyo Metr.opolitan Government issued a warning ‘Tokyo Alert’, amid signs of a possible resurgence of coronavirus infections as 34 new cases were newly reported in Tokyo.
  • The ‘Tokyo Alert’ serves as a caution, however, if the number further increases, the TMG plans to issue requests again to businesses and people that would stop social and economic activities.
  • Reduced air freight and restaurant trade has negatively affected exports of premium agricultural products, especially seafood. The impact of this will spread to other commodities as different products come into season and the outbreak spreads.
  • Consumer demand is for daily essential goods, frozen foods, ready-made meals, fresh fruit and vegetables. An increase in online and health food sales provides an opportunity for Australian producers.
  • The Japanese Prime Minister announced a stimulus package of 108 trillion yen (AUD $1.6 trillion) to support workers, households and businesses. Cash payouts of 100,000 yen for all, including foreign residents and Japanese citizens have begun to be distributed in some municipalities.
  • The Prime Minister has previously flagged additional measures after the pandemic ends designed to boost industries hit hardest by the pandemic’s repercussions, notably the tourism and restaurant industries.
  • The Olympics have been postponed until 23 July to 1 August 2021.