March 31, 2006
Immigration Bureau of Japan
The guidelines set forth here show the criteria of “contributions to Japan”
for permission for permanent residence. These guidelines have never been
released to the public in the past but have been recently released within
the allowable range at the moment. The guidelines are subject to revision
in course of collecting opinions from relevant parties and deliberating
any necessary deregulations, clarification and additional information
Guidelines for Contribution to Japan
The person satisfies any of the below-mentioned requirements
and has stayed in Japan for more than five years without causing any
problems in his/her social life.
- Common to all fields
- The person has been awarded a prize by an international
organization, foreign government or any equivalent organization, with
the prize being
internationally evaluated as authoritative.
ex.) Nobel Prize, Fields Prize, The Pritzker Architecture Prize and
- The person has been given any of the following awards by Japanese
National Honor Award, decoration, the Order of Culture, Medal of
Honor (except the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon and an award for
given to a bereaved family) or the Japan Prize
- The person spent
more than three years or so for pursuing public-service activities
as a committee member, etc. appointed or commissioned
by the Japanese central government or a local government.
person has made great contribution to the conservation or development
of the society or local community in Japan through
and other vocational activities.
- The person has been working in Japan as a member
of a diplomatic mission or consular office of a foreign government
and has rendered distinguished
service contributing to the improvement of friendship or cultural exchanges
between Japan and his/her country.
- The person has a career as a secretary-general,
deputy secretary-general or a higher-level title holder of any
equivalent managerial position
of an international organization of which Japan is a member nation.
Economic or industrial field
- The person has made contribution
to the development of the Japanese economy or industry through
his/her activities as an employee or management
in a Japanese company whose stock is listed on the stock exchange
or whose business scale is as large as those companies having
and has been or had been engaged in the activities for more than
three years in Japan.
- The person has made contribution to the development of the Japanese
economy or industry through his/her activities as a manager or
equivalent title holder in a managerial position of a Japanese company whose
is listed on the stock exchange or whose business scale is as large
as those companies having listed stocks, and has been engaged in the activities
for more than five years.
- The person has made contribution to the industrial development of our
country, and has been awarded a prize as a result of being selected
from among nationwide candidates.
ex.) Grand Prize or Special Prize of Good Design Award (sponsored
by Japan Industrial design Promotion Organization)
- The person has made great contribution
to Japan’s agricultural, forestry, fishery, industrial, commercial
or other business development
his/her activities as an engineer or technical expert having advanced
or high-level expertise.
Culture or art field
- The person has been awarded a prize
which is widely evaluated as authoritative in the category
of literature, fine art, motion pictures, music, theater
art, entertainment or other cultural or artistic fields.
ex.) La Biennale di Venezia, Golden Lion, Prince Takamatsu Imperial
Art Prize, Academy Awards, Awards at Cannes Film Festival, Awards
Film Festival, and Awards at Berlin Film Festival
- The person has made contribution to the
development of Japanese culture through his/her activities for
more than 3 years in Japan in a position
of leadership in the category of literature, fine art, motion pictures,
music, theater art, entertainment or other cultural or artistic
- The person has made contribution
to the improvement of the level of Japan’s higher education
through his/her activities as a full-time teacher
or equivalent-to-fulltime professor, assistant professor or lecturer
working for a Japanese university or any equivalent academic institution
as defined under the School Education Law of Japan, and has been
or had been engaged in the activities for more than three years
- The person has been recognized
to have made distinguished achievements through his/her research
activities and falls under any of the following:
- The person’s paper on the results of his/her research has been published
in a scientific/technical journal, and has been referred to by
two or more other researchers in their papers.
- Two or more of the person’s papers
on the results of his/her research have been published in scientific
journals as a result
of selection through
- Many of the person’s papers on the results of his/her research
have been published in authoritative scientific journals.
- The person has been highly evaluated by a scientific society
generally known as an authoritative organization, and has
the experience of giving
a lecture, etc.
- The person has won a high-level
prize in a well-known international sports competition or other
convention such as the Olympic Games,
world championships, etc., or the person has made great contribution
prize-winning achievement as a coach or instructor of such athletes
and is pursuing instruction activities or promotion activities
of that sport in Japan.
- The person has won a high-level prize in
an international sports competition or other convention, or the
person has made great contribution
prize-winning achievements as a coach or instructor of such athletes,
and has spent more than three years in Japan pursuing sports instruction
activities or sports promoting activities.
- The person made great contribution to the promotion of sports
- The person has contributed to the
development of Japanese society in the field of public welfare,
and won a prize as a result of
from among nationwide candidates.
ex.) One More Life Workers' Volunteering Award, awards for persons
who are recognized to have made contributions to the society
- The person made great contribution to Japanese society or welfare
through his/her public-service activities.
※ Note for application
If you think you satisfy any of the above-mentioned requirements and apply
for permission for permanent residence, please use the form in the next page
and fill it out in a way to clarify the specific contents of your contribution
and submit the form together with reference materials on the contribution.
Summary of your contributions to Japan in the diplomatic, social, economic,
cultural or other fields.
|1. Outline of activities (Please describe contents
of your activities constituting the contribution to Japan)
|2. Name of reference materials which help clarify
the contents of your activities (name and date of issue of a scientific
journal, newspaper, magazine, etc.)
|3. Achievements of your activities (Please describe
your contributions to Japan specifically.)
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