- New immigration procedures
- A new "residence card" to replace the current alien registration card
- No need for a re-entry permit if you return to Japan within a year
- Non-Japanese residents will be added to the national registry (Japanese nationals are already listed in the registry, with the exception of a few towns).
Wondering how this change will affect you?
Check out the following Japan Times article (one of my recent columns) for more details: Bye-bye to the gaijin card, welcome to the Juki Net in '12