Aug 29, 2013

Foreigners make up 1.5% of populace

There were 1.98 million foreign residents in Japan as of March 31, accounting for 1.54 percent of the population, with 84.28 percent of them between the ages of 15 and 64, according to the latest government figures. The data were released for the first ...

Jul 25, 2013

Municipalities not issuing non-Japanese disaster guides

by Kazuaki Nagata

Many municipalities across the country don’t offer disaster prevention guidebooks or maps in foreign languages and have no plans to do so, according to a recent survey. Okayama-based Learn-S Co., a maker of school textbooks and informational brochures for foreigners put out by local ...

Jul 23, 2013

Guide for foreigners outlines Japanese immigration law

A nonprofit organization in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, has published a guidebook written in simple Japanese aimed at helping foreigners living in Japan understand the latest revisions to immigration regulations. Mieko Suzuki, 66, leader of the organization Tochigi Times, published the book in May to ...

Overstayers need speed, lawyer says

May 17, 2013

Overstayers need speed, lawyer says

by Tomohiro Osaki

Since debuting in October as Japan’s first law office catering to foreign nationals, Tokyo Public Law Office Mita Branch — Foreigners and International Service in Minato Ward has been deluged with appointments. And lawyer Masako Suzuki believes there are more non-Japanese in dire need ...