Japan Changes Up Foreigner Registry

ATTENTION ALL EXPATS IN Japan: the central government is considering changing the laws regarding foreigner registration. Consult with your local immigration office to make sure you’ve covered all the angles. From NHK World News:

Under the plan, foreign registration cards now issued by municipal authorities will be abolished. These cards are issued regardless of eligibility to stay in Japan.

In their place, the central government will issue IC cards to foreign residents registering their names, addresses and family information.

The draft plan will also require foreign residents to report to their old and new municipalities when they move within Japan. Under the current system, they are not obliged to do so.

The new system will allow local governments to check if foreign residents actually live at their registered addresses.

The central government is also considering simplifying the procedures for registered foreign residents so that they can continue to receive education and other administrative services after they move to a new municipality.

The government intends to hear views from experts and municipal officials before moving to implement the plan.

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