Provisions concerning new residency management system have been enforced since July 9, 2012, while provisions concerning in-advance application of residence card application have been enforced since January 13, 2012. Persons recognized by the Ministry of Justice ordinance as equivalent to the foreign nationals mentioned above (Specifically, staff of the Japanese office of the Association of East Asian Relations and the Permanent General Mission of Palestine in Japan who have “Designated Activities” status, and their families. After acquiring status of residence and becoming a medium- to long-term resident, he/she will be subject to the new residency management system.
"Under the previous system, the Minister of Justice acquired the necessary information of foreign nationals through the Immigration Control Act upon their entry to Japan and when receiving residential permission such as extension of period of stay, or through the alien registration system at the city, town or village when there were changes of circumstances in the middle of their residence in Japan; hence, constituting a dualistic approach.
The revision aims to implement an integrated scheme for regulating the residency status of legal mid- to long-term residents through the Immigration Control Act only, compared to the previous management system using both the Immigration Control Act and Alien Registration Act.
By doing this, the Minister of Justice will be able to continuously grasp their residency status."On December 26, 2011, the “Cabinet Order Specifying the Enforcement Date of the Act on the Partial Revision of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act and the Special Act on the Immigration Control of, Inter Alia, Those who have Lost Japanese Nationality Pursuant to the Treaty of Peace with Japan” was promulgated. Persons with no resident status"Any person who renounced Japanese nationality, or any foreign national who is to reside in Japan for a period exceeding 60 days without following the procedures for landing, through birth or for any other cause, shall go to the Immigration Bureau within 30 days from the date of his/her renouncement of Japanese nationality, birth, or other cause to apply for permission to acquire status of residence.
Individuals convicted of one or more registerable offenses on or after January 21, 1996 must register as a sex offender with the Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Additionally, any person convicted of a registerable offense who was incarcerated or under parole or probation supervision for the offense on January 21, 1996 is required to be registered.
Below are three categories of offenses which require registration.
The following list contains the New York State Penal Law statutes for which registration as a sex offender is required.
Individuals are required to register as a sex offender upon a conviction of a registerable offense or a conviction for an attempt to commit a registerable offense or a conviction of or a conviction for an attempt to commit a registerable offense as a hate crime or a crime of terrorism.
The new residency management system is applied to mid- to long-term foreign nationals in Japan with legal status of residence, designed to keep the Minister of Justice updated with their residential status.