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The Alien Registration System Will Change

The Alien Registration System Will Change

In 2009, the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act and the Resident Registration Law were revised. The Alien Registration System will be abolished and Resident (jumin) Cards will be newly issued to foreign residents. The new system will begin on July 9, 2012.

Main Changes:

1.Certificates of Alien Registration Will Change to Resident (zairyu) Cards

  Change Procedures Where To Complete Procedures
Special Permanent Residents Individuals who currently possess a Certificate of Alien Registration will be able to use it until its expiration date. At the time of change, one will be issued a Special Permanent Resident Certificate. Toyohashi City Hall,
Shimin-ka
Permanent Residents Certificates of Alien Registration will change over to Resident (zairyu) Cards when one applies within 3 years of the commencement date of the new system. Immigration Bureau
Semi-Long and Long Term Residents (Individuals with a Period of Stay Longer than 3 Months) Certificates of Alien Registration will changeover to Resident (zairyu) Cards when one completes renewal procedures or when one completes procedures to change one’s period of stay. Immigration Bureau

Individuals who do not qualify for residence or who are short-term residents are not eligible.

2.Procedure Locations Will Change

Procedures Location
Address or Household Changes Toyohashi Shimin-ka
(Service counters are only for individuals who have moved within the city)
For Special Permanent Residents:
- Name, Birthday, or Nationality Changes
- Special Permanent Resident Certificate Changes
Changes to Information on Resident (zairyu) Card
Resident (zairyu) Card Renewal
Immigration Bureau

Please be sure to have your Resident (zairyu) Card or Special Permanent Resident Certificate with you when you go to complete any procedures (prior to the switch-over to the new system, please bring your Alien Registration Card or your passport if you are a new resident who has yet to be issued an Alien Registration Card).

3.Resident (jumin) Cards Can Be Issued

- Copies of the Resident (jumin) Cards can be issued with the information of both the Japanese and foreign residents listed on it to households comprised of both Japanese and foreign nationals.
Certificates of Information Recorded on Foreign Residents (Gaikokujin Toroku Genpyo Kisai Jiko Shomeisho) will cease to be issued. When addresses and other residence information is required from periods prior to the commencement of the new system, please make a request for a Gaikokujin Toroku Genpyo via the individual in charge of the protection of personal information at the Minister’s Secretariat at the Ministry of Justice.

- When moving outside of Toyohashi, one will be required to report this to the city of Toyohashi and the city to which one is moving.

- Individuals who do not qualify for residence or who are short-term residents are not eligible. Such individuals will be unable to receive copies of Resident (jumin) Cards and will be unable to register their seal. Also, the registered seals of these individuals will become null and void.

Individuals who wish to learn more can visit the following links:

Information about Periods of Stay, Resident (zairyu) Cards, and Special Permanent Resident Certificates

Ministry of Justice Homepage (Japanese)

Information about Resident (jumin) Cards

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Homepage (Japanese)


Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Leaflet (Japanese) (PDF)


Contact Information (Phone)

Immigration Information Center

0570-013904 (Weekdays 8:30 AM – 5:15 PM)
IP Phone / PHS / Calls from Abroad (03-5796-7112)