This Coming-of-Age Day saw 1 to 8 foreign new adults in Tokyo 23 Wards. (the Japan Times)

24th Status of Residence

With pressed need for professionals who take care of elderly/disabled Japanese nationals,  “Caregiver” was added to current list of Status of Residence.

Dear Asylum Seekers:

Please keep your legitimate status of residence in Japan. Our government would soon crack down on crippled applicants who try to exploit current system which allows them six-month, renewable permits to stay and work here.

Newly Started!

“Highly Skilled Professional”, “Business Manager” and “Engineer, Specialist in Humanities, International Services” have joined the list of Status of Resident; Appended Table I of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.

For Children

Elementary school/junior-high school children would receive “Student” status. Please enjoy your stay in Japan as a little ambassador.

Hand-made Tradition

Washi, our traditional hand-made paper, was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Three kinds of washi are included: Hosokawashi from Saitama, Honminoshi, Gifu and Sekishubanshi, Shimane.

14th WCH in Japan

The World Heritage Committee adopted a resolution that decides to inscribe Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Site on the World Cultural Heritage list.

Revision in Immigration Control Act

The latest ordinary session of the Diet has decided to revise the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. Three major revisions in status of residences follow:

1. “Highly Skilled Professional I & II” will be newly established to give current “Highly Skilled Foreign Professional” further convenience,

2. “Investor/Business Manager” will be simplified to “Business Manager”, including operation of/investment in businesses funded by Japanese nationals,

3. “Engineer” and “Specialist in Humanities/International Services” will be bound into one status.


Enjoy Japanese Food!

Washoku; traditional Japanese cuisine, has been registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is our great honor, while it seems to mean a heavy responsibility for us to maintain this tradition.

2020 Olympic/Paralympic Games

Tokyo has been chosen by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2020 summer games. We are all looking forward to seeing you!

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