September 19, 2012

There are reports of major public protesting in the streets in front of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing and the Japanese Consulate in Shanghai over Japan’s recent bid to “purchase” the Diaoyu Islands, a chain of islands over which China and Japan are contesting rightful ownership.

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China Daily News and Pro-Link GLOBAL’s Shanghai office has reported closures/reduced staff at the consular posts in Beijing and Shanghai.

Foreign nationals who require Japanese consular services are advised that consular posts throughout China may be closed or significantly delayed in processing visas.

For Japanese nationals present in China and for those foreign nationals requiring Japanese consular assistance, it is recommended to contact the local Japanese consular post to determine closures, availability of Japanese overseas citizen’s services and availability of visa services.

Listings of Japanese consular posts may be found at the following website.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your local Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist should you require any additional clarification. This alert was prepared by Glenn Faulk, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management. Pro-Link GLOBAL worked with our Pro-Link GLOBAL office in Shanghai to provide you this update.