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What should I do when I think I want to spend my entire life in Japan ?

In such a case, I think that it is good to consider Permanent residence or Naturalization.

Difference between Permanent Residence and Naturalization

Some foreigners who have lived in Japan for many years may wish to spend their entire life in Japan. In such a case, it seems to be thought whether to acquire permanent residence right or naturalize to Japan

Where is the difference between them?

Permanent residence gives a foreign national status of residence without a deadline called "permanent residence".
On the other hand, Naturalization is a system of granting nationality (Japanease) to a foreign national.
In other words, Naturalization is a matter about nationality, whereas Permanent residence is only a problem of status of residence to the last, there is a fundamental difference.

We will act as intermediaries for applying for permanent residence permission and for naturalization permission.
If you are considering permanent residence or naturalization in Japan, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Permanent residence

Permission requirements for Permanent Residence

In principle,
①The person is of good conduct.
②The person has sufficient assets or ability to make an independent living.
③The person's permanent residence is regarded to be in accord with the interests of Japan.

Guidelines for Permanent Resident Permit

Guidelines are released from the Ministry of Justice. For details, please visit the following Ministry of Justice website.

法務省

About permission of special permanent residence

①Those who are "descendants of peace treaty withdrawal from nationality" and who were born in Japan since the Immigration Control Special Act Enforcement Date (November 1, 1991) will within 60 days from the date of birth apply for special permanent residence permission by the Minister of Justice, you can permanently live in Japan as a “special permanent resident” (Article 4 of Immigration Control Special Act).
②Those who are "peace treaty withdrawal from nationality" or "descendants of peace treaty withdrawal from nationality" and stay with either a "spouse of Japanese", "spouse of permanent resident" or "long term resident" status of residence appear at the Regional Immigration Bureau and apply for special permanent residence permission to the Minister of Justice, and you can permanently live in Japan as a "special permanent resident"(Article 5 of Immigration Control Special Act).

Benefits of receiving permanent residence permission

①You will lose the restriction of your period of stay. Therefore, you can continue to stay in Japan unless you are deported reasons.
②You will have no restrictions of activities permitted under the status of residence. Therefore, you can take any job except as limited by other laws.
③Even if it falls under forced deportation reasons, when you are "receiving permanent residence permission", the Minister of Justice can give special permission to stay, so it is advantageous compared to other status of residence.
④When your spouse or child applies for a permanent residence permit, they can acquire permission with a simpler standard than other general residents.

Naturalization

Naturalization

As mentioned in the difference between permanent residence and naturalization, naturalization is a matter concerning nationality. That means "becoming a Japanese." Therefore, it is important to consider your identity thoroughly first, and do the procedure.

Types and conditions of naturalization

Naturalization(Article 5 of Nationality Act)

①Having continuously had a domicile in Japan for five years or more;
②Being twenty years of age or more and having the capacity to act according to his/her national law;
③Being a person of good conduct;
④Being able to make a living through his/her own assets or abilities, or through those of a spouse or of another relative his/her making a living;
⑤Not having a nationality or having to give up his/her nationality due to the acquisition of Japanese nationality;
⑥On or after the date of promulgation of the Constitution of Japan, not having planned or advocated the destruction of the Constitution of Japan or the government established thereunder with force, and not having formed or joined a political party or other organization planning or advocating the same;

Naturalization(Article 6~8 of Nationality Act)

①If you have a special relationship with Japan, you do not need to have a domicile in Japan for five years or more continuously(Article 6 of Nationality Act);
②For Japanese spouses, address requirements and capacity requirements are mitigated(Article 7 of Nationality Act);
③If you have close relationship with Japan, In addition to address requirements and capacity requirements, living requirements are mitigated(Article 8 of Nationality Act);

Naturalization(Article 9 of Nationality Act)

The Minister of Justice may obtain approval from the Diet and permit naturalization of a foreign national having provided a special distinguished service in Japan.

What we can help

  • We will give counsel regarding permanent residence or naturalization in Japan.
    Please do not hesitate to contact us.