The Japanese government has introduced a new online passport renewal option for qualifying Japanese nationals.

Key Points:

  • Japanese nationals can now renew their passports online through this website if:
    • Their passport has less than one year of validity.
    • There are three or fewer empty pages for stamps.
  • Individuals will need their My Number Card signature electronic certificate PIN to renew their passport online.
  • Passports will be invalidated for those who do not pick up their passport within six months of it being issued.
  • Those who are applying for the first time, whose passports have already expired or who have changed their name or address are not eligible for online renewal.

Additional Information: More information regarding the online passport renewal process is available here.

BAL Analysis: Japanese authorities introduced the online passport renewal process to reduce processing times and decrease the number of paper applications. Japanese nationals in need of a new passport should apply as soon as possible to avoid processing delays and complications.

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