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In the case you are going to import food, additives, apparatus or containers and packaging ( hereinafter referred to ” food ” ) from outside Japan and sell it in Japan, you need to know a lot of legal matters.
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So, in this page I will explain necessary process.
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In the case you import food from foreign country to sell it in Japan, the food should b be quarantined case by case basis.
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And you need to paste label in food like this one ( In Japanese language ).
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import food to Japan
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Ministry of health, labor, welfare has jurisdiction over this process and you need to know ” food sanitation act  = Shokuhin eisei hou “.
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When you import food from foreign country, you need to take necessary measures to keep safety of food.
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( In the case you import food for your personal purpose, such process is not always necessary. )
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So, when you import food for business purpose, you need to submit notification paper to the the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare on a case-by-case basis.

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This notification paper is sent to quarantine station ( Ken eki jo = 検疫所 ) managed by Ministry of health, labor, welfare and it inspects the content.
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Process to import food from foreign country to Japan.
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1.You need to prepare notification paper ( Yunyu todokedesho )of import of food.
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2 .    You need to fill in all items on this paper.
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In the case you import meat, you need to prepare certificate of sanitation issued by export country.
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3.When you have prepared notification paper of import ( yunyu todokedesho ) and necessary papers, you need to submit them to quarantine station related to import port.
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import food to Japan, notification paper yunyu todoke
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Inspection process shall be conducted by quarantine station managed by Ministry of health, labor, welfare (Kosei rodo sho = 厚生労働省 ).
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1.Officer in quarantine station inspects details of imported food.
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2.If he does not found any problem in food, you can receive certificate of notification from quarantine station.
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3 . With this paper you can take process in customs.
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4.If officer has found any issue in food, you can not import the food in Japan.
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5.Even if you import food by mail for the purpose of selling in Japan, you alson need to submit this notification paper.
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And this” food ” includes toy for infants.

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Because they put it in their mouth.

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Even if you import parking ( it is also included in ” food ” ) to use in your restaurant in Japan, you also need to submit notification paper to the Ministry of health, labor, welfare (Kosei rodo sho = 厚生労働省 ).
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Even if you import only one strawberry from foreign country, you can not omit this process.
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When a item has arrived Japan, customs office send you notification of arrival of item.
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With this document, you can proceed customs process.

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At this time, when your item is business purpose, you need to submit notification paper to quarantine station that has jurisdiction over arrival port.

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You need to submit this notification paper to quarantine station before end of customs process.

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If customs process is finished without process of quarantine, you can not use the item for your business.
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If you have not taken necessary process mentioned in this page, you will be punished by imprisonment with work or / and  a fine.

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