Bright, Quick, & Flexible

New requirements from the Japanese government for medium- to long-term foreign residents

The Japanese government is introducing new residency rules on 9 July 2012. Key points to note:
* No more alien registration card –instead a resident card with better tracking capabilities and anti-tampering measures will be introduced.
* For those that qualify, no more reentry permits will be required
* The current alien registration system will be abolished
* Longer periods of stay will be permitted for qualifying individuals

The following are excluded from the new residence system:
* Persons granted permission to stay for not more than three months will have a status of residence of “Temporary Visitor”
* Persons granted the status of residence of “Diplomat” or “Official”
* Persons whom a Ministry of Justice ordinance recognizes as equivalent to the aforementioned foreign nationals; special permanent residents (for example, of Korean descent); persons with no status of residence
* Longer periods of stay will be permitted for qualifying individuals

From a company point of view, the reporting obligations of companies have increased and employers hosting mid- to long-term residents must report such matters and any changes to their status to the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau, unless the foreign employee falls under the Employment Measures Act.