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Foreigners to receive registration notices

Date Posted: 2012-05-12

An estimated two million foreigners living in Japan will soon be receiving notices from the government asking them to confirm their identities before the new residence registration system is modified starting in July.

All foreigners will be asked to confirm personal data, including name, address, date of birth and nationality. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry cautions this change is not to be confused with the new resident card system, which is also being introduced in July.

The old alien registration card system is now being changed because the immigration control law has been revised, handing over management of foreigners to the central government in Tokyo. With the current alien registration system being dumped, all non-Japanese, including special permanent residents of Taiwanese and Korean descent, as well as anyone staying in Japan for more than three months, will be transferred to the National Residence Registration System beginning July 9th.

Foreign residents should contact their municipal or ward offices where they live if they find errors in personal information data contained in the notice, or if they don’t receive a notice. Registration will permit local governments to issue “residence certificates”. The new system is also projected to enhance administrative services, including some related to welfare and education.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has established a consultation number that allows phone discussions until the end of next March. The number, 0570-066630, will be staffed weekdays 8:30 a.m. ~ 5:30 p.m.

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