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Updated as of May 10, 2022

$56 MILLION

2019 Expenditures

42 THOUSAND

2019 Person Visits

Japan was Alberta's 7th largest international market in terms of expenditures before the pandemic.

CASELOAD

Japan reported just over 3.7 million new cases through mid-February, March, and April, ranking 15th in volume of total COVID-19 cases in the world, with nearly 7.8 million cases recorded since the pandemic began (Source: CNN).  

Source: Our World in Data on April 29, 2021 

VACCINATION

As of April 26th, 270.21 million vaccine doses have been administered in Japan for a rate of 214.36 per 100 people. This is above the U.S. rate of 173.10, the U.K. and Canadian rates of 208.31 and 219.75, respectively. 

Source: Our World in Data 

TRAVEL UPDATES

Pre-entry tests are not required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air, or water.  

As of April 25, 2022, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under the age of 12 are no longer required to provide a valid pre-entry test result if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult. 

Source:  Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE

KEY INDICATORS PERFORMANCE COMMENTS
GDP (-4.5%) in 2020
1.7% in 2021
2.2% in 2022
2022 GDP growth forecast was revised down to 2.2% from 2.5% to reflect a weaker-than-anticipated Q1, higher commodity prices, supply-chain disruptions in the auto sector and a poorer yen projection for the rest of the year.
Unemployment 2.6% in March  Although the unemployment rate is low, the labour market remains fragile. 
Inflation 1.2% in March  The highest monthly inflation rate since October 2018. 
Consumer confidence 33 in April  Edged up after a 14-month low of 32.8 in March. 

Source: Trading Economics; Oxford Economics 

AIR ACCESS

Scheduled direct and indirect seat capacity from Japan to Alberta appears to be improving; seat capacity currently stands at approximately 15 per cent of 2019 pre-pandemic levels in April, 35 per cent in May, and 18 per cent in June.  

Airlines have been securing future seat capacity to ensure they have supply when restrictions are eased, then cancel last-minute if they are not lifted or demand is low.