Japan Issued New Version of Passport

On February 4, Japan issued a new version of the passport. The new version of passport in 2020 incorporates Katsushika Hokusai's "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji" in its visa page design to enhance its anti-counterfeiting capability.

Picture 1: The color and size of 2020 Japan passport stay the same.

"Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji", one of the Ukiyo-e painted by Katsushika Hokusai in his later years, it depicts the scenery when viewing Mount Fuji from all over Kanto, Japan.

It is worth mentioning that the "The Great Wave of Kanagawa" used on the reverse side of the latest one thousand yen banknote is one of the representative works in "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji".

Picture 2: The latest one thousand yen banknote.

The new 10-year passport uses 24 works from "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji", and 16 works for the 5-year passport. In addition, the passport strengthens the function of preventing unauthorized reading and tampering with personal information in the IC chip.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan stated that the specific date of passport issuance will depend on the situation in each region.