Denial of landing for foreign nationals in 2018 (Heisei 30)

Press release

March 27, 2019 (Heisei 31)
Immigration Services Agency

In 2018 (Heisei 30), 9,179 foreign nationals were denied landing permission in Japan, which was an increase of 27.8% compared to the previous year.

1. Denial of landing permission

  1. In 2018 (Heisei 30), the number of foreign nationals who were denied landing permission was 9,179 people, which was an increase of 1,998 (+27.8%) compared to the previous year.
  2. When looking at the trend of the number of people denied landing permission from the last five years, an upward trend can be seen starting from 2014. When compared to 2014 (3,580 people), the number of people denied landing permission increased by 5,599 (+156.4%) in 2018.

2. Denial of landing permission by nationality/region (see Appendix 1)

  1. The top three countries/regions denied landing permission were the People's Republic of China, the Kingdom of Thailand, and the Republic of Indonesia, totaling 4,389 people and making up 47.8% of the total number of people denied landing. Additionally, the total number of those who were denied landing within the top ten countries/regions was 7,400, making up 80.6% of the total number.
  2. When looking at the trend of the number of people denied landing permission in the top ten countries/regions, there was a significant increase for China from 1,213 people in the previous year to 2,092 this year (a 72.5% increase compared to the previous year).

3. Denial of landing permission by reason (see Appendix 2)

  1. Cases with dubious purpose of entry
    7,243 people were found to have questionable purposes of entry to Japan, such as falsely applying for landing for tourism, a short-term visit for business, or visiting relatives/acquaintances when the real purpose was to work illegally, making up 78.9% of the total number.
  2. Cases with grounds for denial of landing
    925 people fell under grounds for denial of landing in Japan, such as those who were deported in the past and whose landing denial period had not yet passed, making up 10.1% of the total number.
  3. Cases where no valid visas were in possession
    328 people were found to not possess a valid visa, making up 3.6% of the total number.
  4. Cases with deportation procedures carried out on the grounds of illegal entry
    The number of people who were reported to immigration control officers on suspicion of illegal entry and were subjected to deportation procedures for reasons such as using a counterfeit passport when applying for landing was 19, making up 0.2% of the total.

4. Denial of landing permission by airport (see Appendix 3)

When looking at the number of people denied landing permission by port of entry, the highest was Narita International Airport with 5,065 people, making up 55.2% of the total number. The second highest was Kansai International Airport with 1,441 people (15.7% of the total), and the third highest was Haneda Airport with 1,178 people (12.8% of the total). This was followed by Chubu Centrair International Airport with 696 people (7.6% of the total) and Fukuoka Airport with 218 people (2.4% of the total). These top five airports made up 93.7% of the total number.

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