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Notice to all foreign nationals: New residency management system

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Notice to all foreign nationals: Change in residency management system

Beginning on Monday, July 9th, 2012, there will be the start of a new residency management system for all foreign nationals in Japan.

Four major points of change:

1. A resident card will be issued

2. The period of stay will be extended to a maximum of 5 years

3. The re-entry permit system will be changed

4. The alien registration system will be abolished

For more information and a download of the pamphlet, please visit:

(English) External link )