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Foreign residents will start receiving government notices in May asking them to confirm their identities before the residence registration system for foreigners is merged with the national one in July, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said.

The notices will be sent to an estimated 2 million foreigners to request the confirmation of personal data, such as name, address, date of birth and nationality, the ministry said. This change is not to be confused with the new resident card system, also to be introduced in July. The old alien registration card system is being changed because the immigration control law was revised to hand over management of foreigners to the central government.

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