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I hear some countries require that you have at least 6 months before the expiry date on your passport from the date you enter (or possibly the date you intend to leave).

Is there a limit on passport expiry date for entry into Japan?

If it makes a difference, I have Australian and British passports.

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Japan does not require the six months.

Any foreign visitor who wishes to enter Japan must have a passport, which will remain valid during the period of stay.

from http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/essential/visa.html . There are numerous less-official surces stating it even more explicitly, and statements from people who asked an embassy directly.

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No such requirement applies here. Your passport simply must be valid for the duration of your stay in Japan.

According to the UK Government for your British passport: "Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required."

According to the Consulate-General of Japan--Melbourne: "The passport must remain valid during the period of the stay but there is no minimum period of validity required."

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According to timatic which the airlines use to check passport and visa validity, either your UK or Australia passport just needs to be valid on arrival.

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