Japan to Issue Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates by December

The Nikkei newspaper reported on Sep. 5 that the Japanese government will start issuing COVID-19 vaccination certificates via QR code in December.

Japan will issue “digital vaccine passports” that are intended for overseas travel as domestic certificates remain on paper, according to the Nikkei.

The Nikkei said that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and other Cabinet members will attend a digital society conference on Sep. 6 to formally approve the digital certificates.

Japan has been working on a smartphone app that will read the QR codes that contain vaccination information, the report said.

The digital vaccination certificates will be a priority project of the Digital Agency, which was launched on Sep. 1 to take charge of Japan’s digitalization efforts.

Nikkei added that Japan will create a system based on the Group of Seven’s recent joint statement which proposed that countries should have a set of common travel standards, including mutually recognized digital apps.


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