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    Badge213

    It is really a "status of residency" card. Status of Residency what we all have, often incorrectly referred to as a "visa". No more stamps in passport either.

    Immigration didn't want local city guys issuing foreign residents cards, local government vs national government. There have been trade offs, ofcourse all of this discussed 3 years ago....

    Posted in: Wednesday deadline for foreign nationals to get resident cards

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    Yeah, but you never have to go get another re-entry permit or pay for re-entry permits again unless you plan to be out of Japan for longer than one year. You do not have to go to the city office after you update your visa again either.

    Old system: Need re-entry permit- go to immigration and pay 3000-6000yen Updated "visa" - go to immigration AND THEN go to your local city office to update alien registration card The old card included, school, work information, work location etc on it, the new card does not At the local level, separate residency records at the local city office for foreigners and Japanese.

    Current system: No need to get a re-entry permit (or pay for one) for trips under one year Update "visa" - to go immigration only, no need to stop at city office, since new cards are issued at immigration At the local level, one residency record (both Japanese and foreigners combined into one record), under the old system, was a pain, especially if you were married

    There was like a 2 year notice before the change in 2012, plus 3 years after, almost 5 years

    If there are only about 50,000 foreign residents who have not transitioned or do not have a new card, out of roughly 2million foreign residents of Japan, so this news story only affects only 2.4% of foreign residents.

    Posted in: Wednesday deadline for foreign nationals to get resident cards

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    Renewal of the old Alien Registration at the local yakuba was a 10-minute affair; I could drop in while walking the dog, or shopping. The new 'improved' Residence Card involves a trip to the Immigration - one hour each way on the train, plus a bus ride or a long walk, plus an hour's wait because the place is always crowded. A day off work, plus out-of-pocket expenses. - See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/wednesday-deadline-for-foreign-nationals-to-get-resident-cards#sthash.LdCN9mOk.dpuf

    Yes, but the next time you have to extend your status of residency (often incorrectly referred to as Visa Renewal) you only need to go to immigration. Under the old Alien Registration Card system, you first go to immigration, update your residency status, then you had to go to the city office to get an updated alien registration card, under the new system you only have to go to one place.

    Any case, I'm surprised there are still some left-overs 3 years after the change over, the post office stopped accepting the old cards.

    For those living in Tokyo, avoid Shinagawa, go to alternate places like Tachikawa if you are in western Tokyo. You do not exclusively have to use the Shinagawa office, that place is a mess. Thankfully my parts of Tokyo I can use the two other immigration offices.

    Posted in: Wednesday deadline for foreign nationals to get resident cards

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    Japan might do the same thing, but two wrongs don't make a right does it? Fix one, then fix the other.

    Posted in: Japan takes Brazil to WTO over taxes it says favor local firms

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    Bomb/explosive sniffing dogs, are don't get in the way, they use em in the US. Random searches, rather than 100% airport style screening wouldn't be bad either.

    Posted in: Transport ministry, train operators discuss security measures

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    actually do not understand why there is no screening of carry on luggage at arrival, it would just require to have one of those xray scanners at the emigration desk and will make certain nobody is importing illegal weapon in the country.

    Immigration lines are large already, having to essentially re-screen everyone as they enter Japan will just add more time and misery to a trip. Not withstanding, that's assuming they have it in their bag and not their body, unless you are suggesting, they install scanners to check people as they come in as well.

    Any case, here's another point, HE WAS ON A PLANE GOING TO JAPAN WITH A LOADED GUN. How about the security in Thailand?

    Posted in: Ex-Bangkok police chief arrested for gun possession at Narita airport

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    What is not noted in this article about the teacher who was arrested and deported a few months ago, was that she was coming in from Korea and she too also attempted to hide the drug, that and this is simply no case of misunderstanding or accident, both cases appear to be deliberate attempts to circumvent the law.

    Posted in: Toyota in damage control mode after American exec arrested

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    Carrying it in her bag by accident, understandable, mailing it to herself seems like she was trying to get around the law. Just like a few months ago when that other American was arrested for trying to get stuff mailed to her,in that case, she put the drugs in another container.

    Posted in: Toyota's American PR chief arrested for suspected drug violation

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    If tax is taken out of salaries to pay for National Health, then it is wrong to say that "no-one has a need to pay", as the workers are paying it with the tax being taken out of their salaries.

    Any case, in Japan if you are a full time employee, a portion of your salary already goes to pay for your shakai hoken which includes pension. Independent folks, part-timers, etc are on the National system.

    Posted in: Gov't looking at ways to make Japan's healthcare system more effective

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    Mag 7.9/8.1 etc doesn't matter as it felt like a Shindo 2.5 where I was.

    Must be a slow news day, only if I had 100yen for every time a news outlet runs a story about the "BIG ONE".

    Posted in: Japan vigilant for 'Big One' after powerful quake

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    Child Welfare said they couldn't do anything because she was staying there voluntarily? But she's 17, so not an adult yet to make that decision anyway.

    Child Welfare said they showed up but no one answered? That's it.

    Also why didn't the police check?

    Posted in: 37-year-old woman gets 11 years for fatal assault of runaway girl

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    Rather watch Baseball than Golf (which is an Olympic sport starting 2016 again).

    Posted in: Tokyo opens bidding for sports to be added to 2020 Olympics

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    Airplanes don't have microwaves onboard, just heaters.

    Posted in: Mom plans to sue after autistic daughter removed from plane in U.S.

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    Award, promotion and pay raise for the gas station attendent.

    Posted in: Knife-wielding man held over disturbance on Tokyo sidewalk

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    Seoul Incheon airport offers extensive cultural activities and shows, Narita needs to add more to showcase Japan.

    Indeed the rickshaw was invented in Japan. By an Englishman....

    Disputed, but it can be attributed to multiple inventors around the same time who had the same idea.

    Posted in: Narita Airport attempts to woo international travellers with ‘Omotenashi’ welcome program

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    Has this already been proven? Are they sure he didnt have some kind of heartattack or something?

    You don't reprogram flight computers when you are having a heart attack.

    Posted in: Sad day

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    This article is missing a ton of things (not withstand it is a bit of old news).

    For Americans with foreign income, the reporting on FATCA is year end of $100,000 USD or over. Notwithsanding Americans already need to file an FBAR for over 10,000 USD (this has been around for years and years).

    Also reading the agreement between Japan and the US (you can see it online), Japan only needs to report any account holder who's value is over $50,000 USD, so if you are under, another thing not to worry about. Also if your Japn account has no "US" links (eg transfers there, or withdrawals) it is hard to identify as a US account holder if you opened your account in the past. New accoutns must be identified, but older ones are harder.

    Posted in: Attention U.S. taxpayers: Are you ready for FATCA?

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    I wonder if we will be able to buy the English direct download version with a Japanese IP address and credit card. I ??hope it's not: 'We're sorry, this version of Windows is not available in your area'.

    Windows 10 will be a FREE upgrade to existing Windows users (using both legitimate and illegal copies).

    Posted in: Windows 10 coming to 190 countries, 111 languages

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    Their *business side is conducted in English, their retail side is still in Japanese. Not withstanding, Rakuten doesn't actually sell anything but rather is a marketplace (online market) for Japanese retailers to sell their items (rakuten provides the venue), no regulation on those retailers being able to speak English.

    Posted in: 'Englishisation' - Is it working?

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    Without a doubt that Delta and US airlines in generally do provide not so great service compared to rivals in Asia, no doubt about that!!

    BUT Qatar airlines new fleet compared to delta, address the issue, why is that? Qatar airlines was founded in 1993 vs a legacy airline like Delta, and how does Qatar get those brand new airlines, perhaps through these "subsidies" or whatever you like to call them.

    Posted in: Qatar Airways boss accuses Delta of flying 'crap' planes

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