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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on December 19th, 2008

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    Hi Blog. Good news if this actually comes to fruition: The ludicrous system of registering NJ separately from J in residency certificates (juuminhyou) may be coming to an end. According a Kyodo article (that is too deficient in detail — Japan Times, do another article in depth, please!), we’ll start seeing NJ registered with their families in three years. And hopefully as real, bonafide residents too (even though this is still not clear thanks to Kyodo blurbing). At least we’ll see the end of the ridiculous gaikokujin touroku zumi shoumeisho and the invisible NJ husbands and wives. More on why the current registry situation is problematic here, including NJ being left out for tax-rebates, and not being included in official local government tallies of population. Arudou Debito in Sapporo


    The Japan Times, Friday, Dec. 19, 2008

    New registry rules for foreigners proposed

    Kyodo News, courtesy of AW and Sendaiben
    A government panel Thursday recommended creating a new system by 2012 to register foreign residents on a household basis, replacing the current individual-basis system, to better oversee their living conditions.

    Japanese nationals are registered on a household basis.

    In a report, the panel of experts under the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications also recommended scrapping the current two-tier system in which the Justice Ministry handles immigration and stay permits, while local governments handle registrations of foreign residents, and called for a unified control system.

    Based on the recommendation report, the internal affairs ministry will submit a bill for the envisaged foreigner registry system to an ordinary Diet session next year, ministry officials said.

    The proposed steps are expected to help improve the welfare, education and other public services for foreign residents, but critics warn it could lead to increased surveillance.

    The number of non-Japanese residents has topped 2 million, more than doubling in the past 20 years.

    Under the current system, non-Japanese residents are registered with local governments on an individual basis. The new system is designed to register them on a household basis and the information will be shared by local governments across Japan.

    An advisory panel to the justice minister recommended in March that local governments abolish the issuance of foreign registration certificates.


    4 Responses to “Kyodo: NJ to be registered as family members (residents?) by 2012”

    1. jim Says:

      beware of 2012, thats when the big brother GOJ, will have a tighter grip on our rights and will be watching are every move..remember it is for there benefit not ours…

    2. 無名 Says:

      That article is too vague to really make heads or tails of. I imagine what they are trying to convey is the same as these Japanese articles:

      「「外国人台帳」導入求める 総務・法務省の懇談会報告」
      「外国人台帳」導入求める 総務・法務省の懇談会報告
       法務省は「在留カード」の交付など、外国人の在留管理に必要な情報の一元化をめざす制度を検討。懇談会では新制度の導入にあわせて台帳制度についても議論してきた。(18日 14:45)




      Move to give foreigners same resident registration as Japanese
      (Mainichi Japan) December 19, 2008
      A bill to allow foreign residents to have the same resident registration as Japanese will be submitted to the regular Diet session early next year at the earliest, a government panel has announced.

      A meeting on the basic resident register for foreigners, which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and the Justice Ministry, drafted an outline for the new system on Thursday.

      The basic idea is to introduce a system for foreign residents that is akin to the basic resident register for Japanese residents. The new system will replace the current alien registration system.

      Foreigners who are legally staying in Japan will be subject to the new scheme. They will have their name, birthday, gender, address and other items registered on their resident records just as Japanese do. In addition, foreign residents will also have their nationality, resident status and the period of stay registered.

      When foreign residents renew their period of stay, the justice minister will inform the municipal governments where they live so that local authorities can update information on the resident records. If foreign residents change address, they will have to file a report.

      The new system will enable the government to get a clearer grasp of foreign households in the country. For foreign residents, it will make it easier to use various services provided by municipal governments where they live.

      The new system will be put into practice three years after the bill is passed into law, the meeting said.
      (Mainichi Japan) December 19, 2008

      「外国人住民票の創設提言 転出入の手続き簡素化」



    3. jjobseeker Says:

      I still smell Tokyo Olympics in all of this. Let’s see, 2009 is when the IOC makes its decision? Lo and behold how all the wonderful windfall that seems to be turning up as of late. Put them on the books before the IOC makes their decision, keep it there until 2016, reverse it after the foreigners have gone home and Ishihara and his buddies can start selling the developed Wangan area for their personal profit. Return to business as usual. I mean really, what does the 12,000 voter bribe have anything to do with us. Yes, it’s nice that we’re getting it since we do pay taxes, but without the voting power that it is supposed to bribe, it’s more meaningless for us than for the Japanese.
      So, yeah, as Jim has stated: it’s for their benefit and not the people’s.

    4. Malcolm Says:

      If they just add NJ spouses to J’s 住民票 I’ll be satisfied. It’s insulting not to show up on my wife’s certificate.

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