Formulation of the Basic Plan for Immigration Control and Residency Management

Press release

April 26, 2019 (Heisei 31)

The Basic Plan for Immigration Control and Residency Management was formulated by Minister of Justice Yamashita. This plan was developed to indicate the basic approach to immigration control and residency management administration both in Japan and overseas, and to respond appropriately to changes in the circumstances surrounding immigration control and residency management administration.

1. Basic Plan for Immigration Control and Residency Management

The purpose of the Basic Plan for Immigration Control and Residency Management is to manage immigration and residency in accordance with the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, Article 61-10. It is a plan drawn up by the Minister of Justice that contains the basic measures to ensure the fair management of the immigration and residence of foreign nationals.
Up until now, five editions of the Basic Plan for Immigration Control had been created. However, with the amendments made to the Immigration Control Act in December last year, the Basic Plan for Immigration Control has been renamed as the Basic Plan for Immigration Control and Residency Management. In addition, as the system for carrying out immigration control and residency management administration has been reformed, including the establishment of the Immigration Services Agency, it has been decided that a new Basic Plan for Immigration Control and Residency Management be formulated so as to better organize the main issues and the policies for dealing with them.

2. Structure of the Basic Plan for Immigration Control and Residency Management

  1. Formulation of the Basic Plan for Immigration Control and Residency Management
  2. Situations of the foreign national's entry and residence in Japan
    (1) Situations of foreign nationals who enter and stay legally in Japan
    (2) Situations of foreign nationals who enter or stay illegally in Japan
    (3) Situations of those applying for recognition of refugee status
  3. Immigration Control and Residency Management Administration's basic principles and future policies
    (1) Smoother acceptance of foreign nationals who will revitalize the Japanese economy and society
    (2) Revitalization of public debate for smoother acceptance of foreign nationals with consideration given to the low birthrate and aging population
    (3) Initiatives to optimize the Technical Intern Training Program
    (4) Initiatives for accepting and integrating foreign nationals
    (5) Initiatives to realize a tourism-oriented country
    (6) Promotion of measures against illegal residents, and strengthening of ports of entry to realize a safe and secure society
    (7) Promotion of appropriate and prompt protection of refugees
    (8) Other

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