The Japanese word for passport is ryoken (希臘) and visa is sashō (査証). Find their proper pronunciations in the following table.
Interesting facts about the Japanese passport
As of 2023, the Japanese passport is ranked number 1 on the Henley Passport Index, which means that its the most powerful passport in the world as it allows visa-free entry into 199 countries.
Interestingly, the first Japanese travel documents were issued in 1866 during the Edo Period and Japan was also the first country to issue bio-metric passports in 1914, which included the owner’s photo and fingerprint. Today’s Japanese passports are the most secure in the world as they contain advanced anti-forgery features and bio-metric data stored on a microchip, which ensures that the passport cannot be easily tampered with or counterfeited.