We human beings usually engage in
a variety of social activities in our social life. From this viewpoint, foreign
residents might also change their intention or activity while staying in Japan.
To evaluate what kind of impacts foreign resident's activities have on Japan's
society, as well as to properly manage foreign residents in Japan, the immigration
authority should not only manage foreign residents' entry to or departure from
Japan, but also administer their status of residence.
Foreign residents in Japan may not engage
in certain activities that are unauthorized under their status of residence.
In addition, they may not change their activities in Japan without applicable
permission, intending to run business or engaging in an activity that will yield
remuneration. If a foreign resident would like to engage in an unauthorized activity
under his/her status of residence, the foreign resident must apply for changing
his/her status of residence and obtain permission from Minister of Justice to
do so. If a foreign resident intends to keep his/her current status of residence
but wants to start an income-generating business or activity that is unauthorized
under his/her status of residence, the foreign resident must obtain permission
for engaging in such unauthorized activity in accordance with the prescribed
procedures. If a foreign resident intends to stay in Japan beyond his/her period
of stay, he/she needs to apply for extending his/her period of stay.
Foreign residents must go through certain
procedures as long as they stay in Japan. These procedures are called "Residence
This section explains "Residence Procedures."