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1 Trade, Imports, Exports

1 Japan Customs
 Japan Customs

2 Importing or Bringing Food or Medication into Japan
 Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
Imported Foods Inspection Services
Importing or Bringing Medication into Japan for Personal Use - Medications and Cosmetics

Medications and Vitamins

(1) Passengers may bring not more than a one-month supply of prescription drugs into Japan.
(2) Passengers may bring not more than a two-month supply of non-prescription drugs into Japan.
(3) Passengers may bring not more than a four-month supply of vitamins or other food supplements into Japan.


Passengers may bring a maximum of 24 personal-sized pieces per type of cosmetic article (e.g., lipstick or mascara) into Japan.

Medical Device (for home use only, e.g., electric massager): 1 set may be brought in.

3 Importing or Bringing Animals or Plants into Japan
 New Notification System for the Importation of Animals
 For individuals who have animals from overseas
 Quarantine system for dogs and cats
 Dogs and cats from regions other than the designated regions
 Dogs and cats from designated regions
  Other animals, such as rabbits, require health certificates and must be detained for medical inspection upon their arrival in Japan. This certificate must be issued before the animal's arrival in Japan, prepared by a licensed veterinarian, and receive endorsement from the USDA Office of Veterinary Services. To arrange this USDA endorsement, please contact them at:

California & Nevada (916) 854-3950

Ducks, turkeys, quail, geese, chickens, cows, deer, etc., require quarantine. To arrange this, please contact the Animal Quarantine offices in Japan at 011-81-45-751-5921.

Monkeys also must be quarantined. Please notify the Animal Quarantine offices well in advance of the monkey's arrival in Japan at 011-81-45-751-5921.

Please be aware that there are restrictions on the import and export of endangered species as listed in international treaties and Japan's Domestic Law.

Plant Protection Station, MAFF - Bringing plants, food products and related items

The following products from the US mainland are prohibited:

(1) Apples, pears, quinces, peaches, plums, apricots, cherries and certain types of nuts.
(2) Eggplants, tomatoes and red peppers, including any part of the plant, leaves or roots.
(3) Rice plants, unhulled rice, rice straw.
(4) Soil imports into Japan are strictly prohibited -- please make certain that soil is not attached to leaves or roots or any portion of any plant.

Beef, pork, eggs from chickens and other fowl, ham, sausages, bacon, beef jerky, etc., require "export phytosanitary inspection" and in some cases, certification from the United States Department of Agriculture. Many items which are sold at tourist gift shops or at airports have these inspection marks from the USDA and can be brought into Japan.

In addition, inspection of such products will be required upon arrival in Japan. Please submit products for inspection at the Animal and Plant Quarantine counter.

Please note that the import and export of endangered plant and animal species are prohibited by international treaty.

4 U.S. Food, Drug, Animal, and Plant Inspection
 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA)
Import Refusal Reports for OASIS

 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)
Veterinary Services (VS)

2 Other

1 Japan's Whaling Policy
 Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
The Management of Whales
 Fisheries Agency, MAFF
Center of the Sustainable Use of Marine Resources
 International Whaling Commission, IWC
 International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
 The Institute of Cetacean Research

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