What to do if your alien registration card is lost or stolen

Most of you probably know that foreigners living in Japan must carry their Alien Registration Card with them at ALL times. But that doesn't mean you won't ever lose it, or (hopefully not!) have it stolen. Have you ever wondered what exactly to do in that case (aside the obvious - apply for a new card) or if it is even legal to go out during such times you don't have your card for the aforementioned reasons?

If so, check out "All is not lost when 'carded'" via The Japan Times. (Yes, it is a my debut as the new Lifelines columnist - let me know what you think!) And as usual, feel free to share your own experiences regarding this issue... I'd love to hear from anyone who has gone through this before.

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