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March 20, 2015
Exchange your alien certificate for a Resident Card by this July
Caution for those who have the Permanent resident VISA.

If you don't have Japanese Resident Card, change your status by July 8, 2015.

The system of alien registration was abolished 2012. But alien registration certificates for mid- to long-term residents is still available. Because it's deemed to be equivalent to the resident card until the date.

But after that date, you have to carry Resident card all the time instead.

If you violate this rule, you may be punished with fine not exceeding 200,000 yen.

And if you refuse to present your Resident card upon the request of immigration officer or someone like them, you shall be punished with imprisonment with work for not more than 1 year or a fine not exceeding 200,000 yen.

Permanent resident needn't renew or extend status, so it's likely they don't have opportunity to go to the immigration bureau, and get to know this.

Reference
http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/en/index.html



March 18, 2015
Japanese commercial registration precedent has changed on March 16, 2015
In the registration of Japanese kabusiki kaisha (KK, stock company), the name and the address of the representative director are a part of the information.

At least one representative director had to be Japanese resident with the old precedent. But this requirement no longer exists.

Practically it used to be difficult for a person who didn't live in Japan to incorporate a Japanese company by himself, because of the order of the procedures. He needed status of residence to incorporate a company. But they can not incorporate a company without the status of residence.

It's expected that it will be easier for foreign investor to incorporate a company with the changes of this, and the Immigration Controlling Act.




March 16, 2015
Japanese Immigration Controlling Act is going to change this April 1, 2015
Mainly the requirements for the working visa are going change.

Status of "Engineer" and "Specialist in Humanities/International Services" are going to be abolished. They are going to be integrated into one status. If someone has graduated from university, it may get easier to get working VISA, Japanese Status of Residence.

Investor/Business manager VISA is going to change also. It used to be difficult if someone does not live in Japan and has no one who can help him/her make company here in Japan. But it will be easier.

Detail of this change of the procedures is not known to us either.

It will be updated here soon.