COVID-19 Updates

AEON Recruiting Update – March 23

On March 26, the government of Japan will implement enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  All travelers arriving from the United States, including Japanese citizens, will be asked to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days at a designated facility, and to avoid using any public transportation until after the 14-day period. 

AEON’s Head Offices in Japan are currently working on booking hotels and making ground travel arrangements in Japan for our teachers scheduled to arrive on and after March 26.

We will be contacting all of our teachers who are scheduled to arrive during this enhanced quarantine time to provide exact instructions and documentation on how to arrive at their accommodations.

AEON Recruiting Update – March 19

On March 18, the Japanese government issued new visa restrictions for entrance into Japan for the purpose of taking “proactive measures including border controls, aligning with measures taken by foreign countries, in order to prevent the further spread of infections.”

From midnight of March 21 until the end of April, citizens of the following countries will not be allowed entry into Japan: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino, the United Kingdom, and Vatican.

https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page6e_000199.html

Of the countries listed, AEON has teachers coming from the United Kingdom only.  For those hired teachers who cannot enter Japan during this period, AEON will work with the teachers to get them to Japan and their schools at a later date.

The period of non-admittance and the list of countries may be extended. AEON will do all that we can, within current regulations and advisories, to get our hired teachers to Japan first and foremost safely and secondly as soon as we can.

We have already contacted all teachers affected by these new restrictions and will continue to update all of our teachers waiting to depart with the most current information as we learn about it.

AEON Japan Update – March 16

AEON’s Kids lessons in Japan have resumed!  We are happy to have the children back at our schools.

AEON Recruiting Update – March 9

To prioritize the health and safety of our candidates, AEON is suspending our in-person interview sessions at present.  With information about the COVID-19 virus changing every day, we are aiming to minimize the amount of travel for our candidates and recruiters.  AEON is still hiring for our teaching positions in Japan as scheduled.  Please visit our Recruiting Locations page and click on your desired interview location in order for your application to be sent to the appropriate office.

AEON Japan Update – February 28

Please read the following information on what AEON in Japan is doing and the precautions you should take when traveling to Japan.

You may have seen that the announcement that the Japanese government requested that school boards make a decision as to whether or not to close public schools a month early.

AEON isn’t associated with Japanese public school system but we have voluntarily suspended kids lessons for the first two weeks of March in order to support the government’s efforts.  

Otherwise, we are still conducting business as usual at our 250 branch schools throughout Japan with our adult students.  We are also taking precautions in line with the most up to date information in order to protect our students and staff.

AEON is closely monitoring government and health care organizations’ recommendations and has a plan of action in case a student or teacher contracts the virus.  All managers have been made aware of the plan and are ready to act if necessary.  The safety of our teachers, staff and students comes first.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced a Level 2 alert for Japan.  The alert states that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should avoid non-essential travel to Japan.  AEON teachers generally do not fall into either category.  However, if you have a chronic or serious medical condition that you have not yet discussed with your recruiter, please contact your recruiting office.

The CDC recommends that travelers to Japan wash their hands often in warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol.  We recommend that you follow those procedures on your flight to Japan.

For more information, please visit the CDC website:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/coronavirus-japan

AEON has been bringing teachers from all over the world to Japan for the past 47 years.  During that period, we have dealt with other situations similar to this and have always made the safety and health of our teachers a top priority.