The Embassy of Japan in Hanoi has announced that students who want to study in Japan must include a high school graduation certificate in their visa application starting from March 1. Japan tightens visa policy The certificate proving that the students have graduated from high school must be signed and stamped recognition of Vietnam National Academic Recognition Information Centre under the Ministry of Education and Training. Therefore, the students can file the application form and mail their high school diploma to the centre to get the certificate. It will take about VND350,000 and 20 days for the certificate. The Embassy of Japan in Hanoi and Ministry of Education and Training worked together to tighten visa policies after many cases involving faked high school diplomas and overseas study consultancy companies providing false information to students have been reported in the past years. According to the Embassy of Japan, 25,000 Vietnamese students were given visas to Japan in 2017, only behind the number of Chinese students. The Japanese Ministry of Justice has also published the list of Japanese teaching establishments that are allowed to apply for study abroad status for foreigners who want to go to Japan with the main purpose of studying Japanese.