TOKYO – The authorities in Japan have revealed that the country plans to establish a groundbreaking visa status, facilitating digital nomads to reside in the country for upto six months.
This significant extension, compared to the current 90-day limit under the short-term tourist visa is a part of the envisioned system as announced by the Immigration Services Agency.
To qualify for this extended stay, remote workers must fulfill specific conditions, including residency in one of the 49 visa-exempt countries and regions with tax treaties with Japan. Applicants are also required to have an annual income exceeding 10 million yen (approximately US$68,200). This inclusive policy also extends entry privileges to the spouses and children of qualifying workers.
This strategic initiative aligns with requests from business circles urging the government to embrace digital nomads and foster a more globally connected workforce. Recent estimates from the Immigration Services Agency, citing a survey by a US travel firm, suggest that over 35 million people worldwide identify as digital nomads.
Japan’s forward-thinking approach recognizes the evolving nature of work and seeks to position itself as an attractive destination for the growing community of digital nomads. The visa expansion not only supports the country’s economic objectives but also reflects a commitment to inclusivity and embracing the changing dynamics of the global workforce.
It is worth noting that Japan’s passport holds the top position in the Henley Passport Index 2024. Japanese citizens enjoy visa-free access to 194 countries, reflecting the strength and global recognition of their passport.
Japan, an island nation in East Asia, boasts a diverse population of over 126 million. Tokyo, the capital, is a bustling metropolis with iconic landmarks like Tokyo Tower. Kyoto’s historic temples, Mount Fuji’s majesty, and Osaka’s vibrant street life add to Japan’s cultural and scenic richness.