Publication of "Easy Japanese Guidelines for Residency Support"

Press Release

August 28, 2020 (Reiwa 2)
Immigration Services Agency

In order to use easy Japanese for information from national and local government agencies directed to foreign nationals, the Immigration Services Agency, with the Agency for Cultural Affairs, conducted an expert panel on "Easy Japanese Guidelines for Residency Support" to formulate the guidelines.

  1. Development of the guidelines
    Foreign nationals residing in Japan have tripled in the last 30 years, and the nationalities of foreign nationals continue to diversify. The Immigration Services Agency believes that it is important to use easy Japanese (Japanese language with consideration to others such as by rewriting difficult words) when communicating information from national and local government agencies to foreign nationals, alongside multilingualization.
    With that, an expert panel on "Easy Japanese Guidelines for Residence Support" was conducted to discuss the need for easy Japanese for residence supports and formulate guidelines on creation procedures and key points for easy Japanese language.
  2. Features of the guidelines
    These guidelines were written in easy Japanese so that one-way communication of information from national and local government agencies can better reach foreign nationals living in Japan.
    Chapter 1 explains the increase and diversification of foreign national residents, and the need for easy Japanese for foreign nationals based on the investigative report on Japanese language for livelihood.
    Chapter 2 explains the three important steps to create easy Japanese writings.
    Chapter 3 introduces the rewriting tools to use as reference when creating easy Japanese texts.
    Chapter 4 includes examples of conversions to easy Japanese and practice questions.
    Additionally, a separate document "Easy Japanese Rewriting Terminology Examples" was made to use as reference when creating texts in easy Japanese.
  3. Publication method
    The guidelines will be published on the "Portal Site to Support the Lives of Foreign Nationals" section of the Immigration Services Agency website.
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