Immigration & Government

Information regarding Immigration in Japan, Visas, Taxes, Japanese laws, and more.

Gathered here is a collection of articles containing information about immigration in Japan as well as information about various laws, along with Japan's administrative system and its procedures that are necessary for everyone residing in Japan.

Our guides listed below contain information covering topics such as the "My Number" system, the Residency Management System, income tax payments, various age limits, a list of embassies in Tokyo and more. 

Covid-19: The Current Situation in Japan and Countermeasures

This is a summary of the Japanese government’s response to Covid-19 and the countermeasures taken. In this article you can learn about the situations regarding immigration, socio-economic activities, schools, and more. We hope this information will be helpful for those who are planning on moving or…

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Covid-19: Necessary Preparations Before Entering Japan

For foreign nationals who are planning to enter Japan by following the guidelines of the Residence Track framework, there are certain procedures that need to be followed. In this article you can learn what preparations are necessary before entering Japan. If you do not follow these procedures or pr…

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Japan National Census 2020

Once every 5 years, the Japanese government conducts a nationwide Census which is to be the most important statistical survey. This year (2020) is the Census (Kokusei Chousa) year and the deadline of its submission is on October 7th. This Census covers everyone who has lived or plans to live in Jap…

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Japan Rent Relief Grants - Housing Security Benefits

The Japanese Government provides Rent Relief Grants - Housing Security Benefits (住居確保給付金 - Jûkyo Kakuho Kyûfukin) for a certain period of time for people who have trouble with paying rent due to the loss of job, closing of a business, or falling into a situation equivalent to these. This system's p…

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Japan’s Residency Management System for Foreign Nationals

If you're moving to Japan, one thing you definitely need to be aware of is what's called the "Residency Management System". This is what the Immigration Bureau of Japan calls their system for tracking the residency of foreigners in Japan. This system started on July 9th of 2012 and introduced some c…

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How to register or change your address in Japan

Once you are in Japan and have a fixed residence or are staying at a service apartment that allows their address to be registered as your residence, the first thing you will need to do is head to the municipal office and register your address. This article will cover the procedures used to register…

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The My Number System in Japan and how it affects non-Japanese

Starting in October of 2015, every citizen in Japan received a notification by mail (by “notification card”) regarding their 12-digit Social Security and Tax Number (also called Individual Number or “My Number”). Information about this new system has been brought up frequently across various media p…

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How to Start a Business in Japan

For those who already have an established company abroad and would like to expand their business to Japan, there are 3 types of operations you can choose from to incorporate your business. You can either establish a Representative Office, a Branch Office, or a Subsidiary Company. In Japan, a Repres…

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Taxes in Japan: Resources for Filing Japanese Income Tax in Tokyo

Benjamin Franklin aptly stated: “...in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. While tax season is dreaded no matter what country you live in, for many lucky foreign residents living in Japan it’s possible that the confusion and hours or research spent in filing Japan…

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Accounting in Tokyo: Bilingual Accounting & Consulting Firms

Whether you are filing individual tax returns or hoping to establish a new business, financial issues can be complicated. These difficulties will no doubt be compounded upon moving to a country like Japan, where you will face the intricacies of a different financial system on top of linguistic and…

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