Conference on the prevention and detection of violations of the Immigration Control Act

Press release

November 6, 2019 (Reiwa 1)
Immigration Services Agency
Tokyo Regional Immigration Services Bureau

The Immigration Services Agency and the Tokyo Regional Immigration Services Bureau have been working together to reduce the number of illegal residency-related infractions made by foreign nationals, and they have been able to achieve clear results through the implementation of various immigration measures. However, there are still violations in terms of illegal entry and labor, and perpetrators' methods are becoming increasingly sophisticated and malignant. As a result, a conference on the prevention and detection of violations of the Immigration Control Act will be held on November 12 at the Ministry of Justice to discuss how related agencies can work together to tackle the issues more effectively.
The purpose of this conference is to ensure that relevant government and municipal agencies continue to work together successfully. To that end, the agencies have met yearly since 1971 (excluding 1972) to confer on appropriate responses to violations of the Immigration Control Act. This marks the 47th assembly.

1. Attendees

  1. Attendees
    National Police Agency (Community Safety Bureau, Organized Crime Department, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Department, Kanto Regional Police Bureau, Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department)
    Ministry of Justice (Criminal Investigation Department)
    Public Prosecutors Office (Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office)
    Immigration Services Agency (Central Government Office, 8 Regional Immigration Services Bureaus, 7 District Immigration Services Offices)
    Public Security Intelligence Agency (Central Government Office)
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs Bureau)
    Ministry of Finance (Tokyo Customs, Customs and Tariff Bureau)
    Japan Coast Guard (Regional Maritime Safety Headquarters, Guard and Rescue Department)
    Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (Tokyo Labour Bureau)
  2. Date and time
    From 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 (Reiwa 1)
  3. Location
    Main conference room, Floor B1, Ministry of Justice
    (Address: Central Govt. Building No. 6, 1-1-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

2. Conference objectives

Despite the efforts of government agencies to reduce cases of illegal residency, 79,013 foreign nationals were found to have overstayed their authorized period of stay as of July 1, 2019. This was an increase of 4,846 people since the last report in January 1, 2019. The number of visitors to Japan has been increasing, as has the number of foreign nationals overstaying their authorized period of stay. These trends may continue, but they remain difficult to predict.
Additionally, stricter screening of personal identification information at the time of landing and the use of information provided by airlines in advance (passenger manifests, etc.) has resulted in a decrease in illegal entries made using forged passports and exploitation of transit hubs. In recent years, however, discoveries of counterfeit residence card manufacturers within Japan have resulted in concerns over a rise in cases where illegal residents appear to be legitimate.
Many illegal residents (including those posing as legitimate residents) come to Japan with the intent to work, and there are a number of documented cases of forgery being performed by unscrupulous brokers and other intermediaries. While this is an impediment to proper Immigration Control and Residency Management Administration operations, it also has a significant effect on aspects of public security and the labor market. Consequently, the relevant organizations will continue to share information and deepen their connections to better combat these issues.
Moreover, these organizations will also outline their current situations with regard to human trafficking so as to work toward its prevention/eradication and to improve victim recognition and protection.

3. Reports and items for discussion

  1. The further strengthening of ports of entry in advance of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
  2. The current status and efficacy of measures being taken against illegal work and falsified stays
  3. The current status and efficacy of measures taken against human trafficking
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