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kGYOSEI TETSUZUKIl

A new residency management system@kATARASHII ZAIRYUKANRISEIDOl

A new residency management system was introduced in July, 2012.
It applies to all foreign nationals residing legally in Japan with mid-term to long-term resident status, including the following: gspouse or child of a Japanese nationalh, glong-term residenth, gengineerh, gspecialist in humanities/international servicesh, gtechnical intern traineeh, gstudenth, and gpermanent residenth.
It does not apply to foreign nationals staying with gtemporary visitorh status.

Points of Change

  1. Issuing of the resident card
  2. Extension of the period of stay to a maximum of 5 years
  3. Introduction of a special re-entry permit system

Immigration - Residence Status kZAIRYU TETSUZUKIl

@Foreigners residing in Japan must obtain residence certification as stipulated under the Immigration Control and Refugee Act. For those residing in Tochigi Prefecture, this can be done at the Utsunomiya Branch Office of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau. A foreignerfs residency status and his/her length of stay is determined by the Immigration Officer when the individual arrives in Japan. This information is stamped into his/her passport.

Family RegisterkKOSEKI TETSUZUKIl


Name-seal RegistrationkINKAN TOROKUl

In Japan, people quite often use the inkan (name-seal) for official agreements, in the same way that western cultures use the signature.@ There are two types of inkan (name-seals). One is called a gjitsuinh and is registered at the local government as the personfs official name-seal. The other is called a gmitomeinh and is intended to be employed as an everyday-use seal, for example, when receiving packages. It is not necessary to register a gmitomeinh. @Once you have completed a gjitsuinh name-seal registration,@ you will receive a seal registration certificate (inkan touroku shoumeisho), which proves the authenticity of your name seal. This certificate is very important and necessary, for example, when buying a house or buying a car.

Who can register?
  • Anyone of 15 years of age or over who has completed foreign resident registration
Restrictions:
  • Only one seal per person can be registered
  • Size: minimum 8mm X 8mm, maximum 25mm X 25mm
  • The seal must bear the same surname or first name as appears on the Resident Card
  • The seal must be designed with clear strokes
  • The seal must be made from stone, wood, horn, or another material which is not easily deformed
Required items
For further information, please ask your local government.