The New Residency Management System Starting on July 9, 2012 (English)
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Did you know that the current alien registration system will be abolished in July 2012? A new residency management system will be introduced on July 9th. This new system will apply to mid-term and long-term residents in Japan. The aim is to enable the Ministry of Justice to maintain up-to-date information required for managing the residency of foreign nationals and to help local authorities provide them with better administrative services using that information.The introduction of the system will bring big advantages, including easier procedures for foreign nationals residing in Japan to reenter the country and longer maximum periods of stay. This program will introduce the new residency management system.