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The Diet is likely to enact bills to revise the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law and the Residents’ Basic Register Law during its current session. The revisions might improve public services for legally residing foreign residents while leading to tighter control of foreigners who have overstayed their visas.

At the very least, the Justice Ministry would exercise stronger supervision over foreign residents since the current system in which municipalities issue alien registration cards will be abolished. Instead, the Immigration Bureau will step in.

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