This app reads and displays the information (such as the bearer's name) stored on the IC chips of residence cards and special permanent resident certificates, helping users to confirm that the card is not a forgery.
Please follow the link provided below.
Can be found on the Mac App Store.
Can be found on Google Play.
Can be found on the App Store.
Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (ARM, x64, x86 compatible)
macOS 10.14 or higher (compatible with Apple M1 chips)
Android 6.0 or higher
iOS 13.2 or higher
Contactless IC card reader (if using a PC)
* APDU-compatible models only
The following contactless IC card readers were used to test the app's functionality:
NFC-compatible device (if using a cell phone)
To confirm a residence card's validity, please use the Validity Inquiries for Residence Card Numbers online service (in Japanese).
For any questions or concerns regarding the app (after installation), please contact the support team at the
We are unable to accept any inquires made by phone.
Even if the card has been read correctly, if any of the information differs from that displayed in the app, then it is possible that it has been forged. In cases such as these, please contact your nearest Immigration Services Bureau.
If you receive an error message that reads: "Cannot read the card. Please touch the card with NFC reading position of the device again. If it is displayed repeatedly, please contact the regional immigration bureau near you ." (Japanese: カードが読み取れませんもう一度かざしてください。繰り返し表示される場合はお近くの出入国在留管理官署にお問い合わせください)
→ Check to see that all connections are secure.
→ Ensure that the proper drivers have been installed/updated.
As the app may not recognize a card reader immediately after its installation, please restart all devices before use.
→ The card reader may not work if it has been placed on a desk (or similar object) made of metal.
→ If you continue to receive the same error message, then it is possible that the card has been forged. In cases such as these, please contact your nearest Immigration Services Bureau.
If you receive an error message that reads: "An error occurred while reading the card. Please check the card as you may be holding a card other than the residence card. " (Japanese: カードの読取中にエラーが発生しました。在留カード以外のカードをかざしている可能性がありますのでカードをご確認ください)
→ Hold the residence card above the reader. The app is only capable of scanning
residence cards and special permanent resident certificates.
→ If the error was not due to improper scanning or the use of an incorrect card, then it is possible that the card has been forged. In cases such as these, please contact your nearest Immigration Services Bureau.
Unfortunately, it will not.
As iPads lack a versatile NFC interface, they are not a suitable device for the app to run on.
Please refer to the operating environment section for a list of compatible operating systems.
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