My Japan resident card is good until 2021, but my passport will expire in less than 6 months. I need to go on a business trip outside of Japan very soon and may not have enough time to renew my passport.

The trip itself only lasts about 1 week so my passport will still be valid when I come back, but with less than 6 months of validity, will I be able to enter Japan?

Update: the consensus is while I won't have trouble entering Japan with my soon to expired passport, it is possible that airline will deny me boarding. Because of that, I decided to play it safe and paid some extra money to have my passport renewed quickly.

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There is no 6 month validity requirement listed in the official guidelines.

Requirements for foreigners entering Japan:

Foreigners must have a valid passport to enter Japanese territory.

And Landing Procedures for foreign nationals:

A foreign national must satisfy the following conditions for landing in Japan (Article 7, Paragraph 1 of the Immigration Control Act) before he is permitted to enter the country with the status of residence and period of stay authorized.

  1. The foreign national must hold a valid passport with a valid visa issued by a Japanese counsular officer;

For Japanese immigration passport should be valid on reentry day. Problem can be with airline if they use inconsistent information.

  • Do you have any sources for this answer?
    – phoog
    Jun 30, 2017 at 16:48
  • Yes, it's "Japanese immigration"
    – Rambalac
    Jul 2, 2017 at 1:58
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    I mean verifiable sources. Links are best.
    – phoog
    Jul 2, 2017 at 2:18

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