The Japanese government plans to introduce Chinese coronavirus “vaccine passports” to encourage international travel, Kyodo News reported Wednesday.
“The passports are expected to be in the form of a smartphone app, with travelers scanning QR codes at airports before boarding flights or when entering the country,” the news site reported, citing unnamed Japanese government sources.
“The app will link with the [Japanese] Vaccination Record System, a government database of people who have received shots. It will likely be based on CommonPass, an app developed with the involvement of the World Economic Forum,” the sources said.
“The [Japanese] Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare and the [Japanese] Foreign Ministry will play a central role in working out the details of the plan,” the sources added.
“The government is moving forward with the plan in the hope of resuming business travel that has virtually stopped during the pandemic, joining the