Quotation from Portal Site on Policies for Foreign Residents by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Foreign residents will be listedon the Basic Resident Registration
The Basic Resident Registration Law which currently does not apply to foreign nationals will be revised, making it applicable to foreign nationals. Consequently, foreign residents will be listed on the Basic Resident Registration along with Japanese residents. The Basic Resident Registration is the compiled residence records arranged by household.
More convenient for foreign residents
This revision enables municipalities to have a better grasp of the members of multinational households (family composed of Japanese and non-Japanese individuals), compared with the current two-tier system that list Japanese members and non-Japanese members of the same family in two separate registrations (Basic Resident Registration and Alien Registration). Municipalities will also be able to issue certified copies of the residence record (“juminhyo”) listing all members of such household.
The Basic Resident Registration is the basis for the provision of various public services. Therefore when a foreign resident moves to another municipality, he/she can continue receiving necessary services such as national health insurance just by completing the registration (“move-in notice”) at the new municipal office. No extra application necessary.
Justice Ministry (Regional Immigration Bureau) and municipalities will be collaborating in exchanging personal information of foreign residents, which will lighten the work of foreign residents by avoiding overlapped notices to both of those organizations.
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