COVID-19 Updates

AEON Japan Update – July 1

We are happy to announce that we have resumed all in-person classes at our AEON branch schools.  Adult lessons resumed on June 15th and Kids lessons have resumed from today, July 1st.  Students now have the option to take their lessons at their AEON school or online.

AEON schools are taking additional precautions to protect the health and safety of our staff and students.  Social distancing and regular cleaning is being carried out in the classrooms and lobby.  All staff and students are having their temperatures taken when entering the school.  Staff and students are asked to wear face masks and wash their hands before and after lessons.

AEON Japan Update – April 28

AEON teachers and staff in Japan are currently on Golden Week vacation from April 29 to May 6. 

When work resumes on May 7, teachers will receive more training on teaching online lessons. 

All AEON lessons for Adults and Kids will be taught online throughout the month of May.

AEON Japan Update – April 8

On April 7th, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a State of Emergency in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka prefectures.  This State of Emergency will be in effect until May 6th

During this period, teachers in those prefectures are conducting Online Lessons from their homes or branch school using AEON-provided tablets.

In the other prefectures, AEON is offering lessons as usual at the branch schools.  Students and staff at these schools continue to implement enhanced cleaning and other health and safety precautions.

AEON Recruiting Update – April 2

Due to the current world-wide outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Japanese government has imposed an entry ban for foreign nationals travelling from a total of 73 countries or regions including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and more.  Individuals attempting to enter Japan from one of these countries or regions will not be allowed entry into Japan regardless of their visa status.

The current expanded entry ban was put into effect starting, April 3rd.  A complete list of countries affected by this expanded entry ban can be found at the following website:

https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/

AEON teachers who are hired outside of Japan will likely be from a country included in this entry ban.  Certificate of Eligibility applications and Visa applications from teachers living in these affected countries will have their application suspended by Japanese immigration and/or Japanese consulates.  At present, Japan has not announced an estimated end to these travel restrictions.  Once these restrictions have been lifted, Certificate of Eligibility applications and Visa applications will resume.  (Due to the backlog, applications may take longer than usual to be processed.)

Teachers whose departure dates to Japan fall after April 3rd, even if they have a valid COE or work visa, will fall under these new restrictions and cannot enter Japan.  Teachers should reach out to their Recruiting Office for details about this situation. Recruiting offices are ready to help you start your teaching careers in Japan as soon as possible.

AEON  will continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 carefully and will follow the guidelines and procedures provided by Japanese government and health authorities to protect the health and safety of our employees and our students.

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.