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Annexed Table I
Status of Residence Activities authorized to engage in Period of Stay
Diplomat Activities on the part of constituent members of diplomatic missions or consular offices of foreign governments hosted by the government of Japan; activities on the part of those who are provided with similar privileges and/or immunities as is given to diplomatic mission in accordance with treaty or International customary practices; and activities on the part of their family members belonging to the same household. During Mission
Official Activities on the part of those who engage in official business of foreign government or International organizations recognized by the government of Japan; and activities on the part of their family members belonging to the same household (excluding the activities described in this table's "diplomat" column)

5 years
3 years
1 year
3 months
30 months or 15 days

Professor Activities for research, direction of research of education at colleges, equivalent educational institutions or "Koto-semmongakko".

5 years
3 years
1 year
or 3 months

Artist Activities for the arts that provide income, including music, the fine arts, literature, etc.(excluding the activities described in the "Entertainer" column of table (2).

5 years
3 years
1 year
or 3 months

Religious Activities Missionary and other religious activities conducted by foreign religionists dispatched by foreign religious organizations.

5 years
3 years
1 year
or 3 months

Journalist News coverage and other journalistic activities conducted on the basis of a contract with foreign journalistic organization.

5 years
3 years
1 year
or 3 months

Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals

*Advanced academic research activities
「Highly Skilled Professional(i)(a)」
Activities of engaging in research, research guidance or education based on a contract entered into with a public or private organization in Japan.
Advanced specialized/technical activities

*「Highly Skilled Professional(i)(b)」
Activities of engaging in work requiring specialized knowledge or skills in the field of natural sciences or humanities based on a contract entered into with a public or private organization in Japan.
Advanced business management activities

*「Highly Skilled Professional(i)(c)」
Activities of engaging in the operation or management of a public or private organization in Japan.

See http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_3/en/system/index.html

(1) 5 years

(2)Indefinite

(2)
Status of Residence Activities authorized to engage in Period of Stay
Business Manager Activities to commence the operation of international trade or other business, to invest in international trade or other business and to operate or manage that business, or to operate or manage international trade or other business on behalf of the foreign nationals (including the foreign corporations; hereinafter in this section "foreign national" is to include "foreign corporation") who have begun such an operation or have invested in such a business (excluding the activities to engage in the operation or management in the business which are not allowed without the legal qualifications described in this table's "Legal/Accounting Services" column)

5 years
3 years
1 year

4 months
or 3 months

Legal/Accounting Services Activities to engage in legal or accounting business, which 's required to be carried out by attorneys recognized as a foreign law specialist under foreign lawyer's law ("Gaikokuho Jimubengoshi"), (Gaikoku Koninkaikeishi") certified public accountant recognized as an accountant practicing foreign accounting under the Account Law or those with other legal qualifications.

5 years
3 years
1 year
or 3 months

Medical Services Activities to engage in medical treatment service which 's required to to be under-taken by physicians, dentists or those with other legal qualifications.

5 years
3 years
1 year
or 3 months

Researcher Activities to engage in research on the basis of contract with public or private organization in Japan (excluding the activities described in the " Professor" column of table (1)

5 years
3 years
1 year
or 3 months

Instructor Activities to engage in language instruction and other education at elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, school for the blind, handicapped, children's schools, advanced vocational school ("Senshugakko") vocational schools ("Kakushugakko") or the other educational institutions equivalent to vocational schools in facilities and curriculum.

5 years
3 years
1 year
or 3 months

Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services

*Activities to engage in service, which requires technology and/or knowledge pertinent to physical science, engineering to other natural science fields, on the basis of a contract with public or private organizations in Japan

*Activities to engage in service, which requires knowledge pertinent to jurisprudence, economics, sociology or other human science fields or to engage in services which requires specific ways of thought or sensitivity based on the experience with foreign culture, based on a contract with public or private organizations in Japan

(excluding the activities under "Professor" column of table (1) and excluding the activities described in the "Business Manager", "Medical Services", "Researcher", Instructor", "Intra-Company Transferee" and "Entertainer" column of the table).

5 years
3 years
1 year
or 3 months

Intra-company Transferee Activities on the part of personnel who are transferred to business offices in Japan for a limited period of time from business offices which are established in foreign countries by public or private organizations which have head offices, branch offices or other business offices in Japan and who engage at these business offices in the activities described in the "Engineer" or "Specialist in Humanities/International Services" column of this table.

5 years
3 years
1 year
or 3 months

Entertainer Activities to engage in theatrical performances, musical performances, sports any other show business (excluding the activities described in the "Investor/Business Manager" column of this table).

5 years
3 years
1 year
3 months
or 15 days

Skilled Labor Activities to engage in service, which requires industrial techniques or skills belonging to special fields on the basis of a contract with public or private organizations in Japan.

5 years
3 years
1 year
or 3 months

Technical Intern Training

(a) Activities by a personnel who works for a business office in a foreign country established by a public or private organization in Japan or by a personnel who works for a business office in a foreign country established by a foreign public or private organization which has a business relationship with a public or private organization in Japan as provided by Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice, the purpose of which is to acquire skill, technology and knowledge (hereinafter referred to as "skills") by engaging in the operational activities of a public or private organization in Japan at its business office in Japan, based on an employment contract with such public or private organization in Japan (including activities of those personnel toward acquiring the knowledge necessary for the relevant activities described above which they are to engage in, which are conducted by being accepted at the business office of the Japanese public or private organization in Japan).

(b) Activities to acquire knowledge being accepted by a non-profit organization which conforms to the requirements provided by Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice and activities to acquire skills where such activities are conducted based on such non-profit organization's planning and under its responsibility and supervision, based on an employment contract with a public or private organization in Japan, by engaging in its operational activities.

(ii) Activities which fall under (a) or (b).

(a) Activities by a personnel, who has acquired skills by engaging in activities as provided in the preceding item (a), in order to further develop such skills, based on an employment contract with a public or private organization in Japan designated by the Minister of Justice, to engage in operational activities requiring such skills at such organization.

b) Activities by a personnel, who has acquired skills by engaging in activities as provided in the preceding item (b), in order to further develop such skills, based on an employment contract with a public or private organization in Japan designated by the Minister of Justice, to engage in operational activities requiring such skills (limited to business activities under the responsibility and control of the non-profit organization which conforms to requirements provided by Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice).

1 year, 6 months
or the period specifically
designated by the Ministry
of Justice not to exceed 1 year
(3)
Status of Residence Activities authorized to engage in Period of Stay
Cultural Activities Academic or artistic activities that provide no income, or activities for the purpose of pursuing specific studies on Japanese culture or arts, or activities for the purpose of learning the acquiring Japanese culture or arts under the guidance of experts (excluding the activities described in the columns from "College Student" to "Trainee" in table (4). 3 years
1 year
6 months
or 3 months
Temporary Visitor Sightseeing, recreation, sports, visiting relatives, going on inspection tours, participating in lectures or meetings, business contact or other similar activities during a short period of stay in Japan. 90 days
30 days
or 15 days
(4)
Status of Residence Activities authorized to engage in Period of Stay
Student Activities to receive education at colleges or equivalent educational institutions, specialized courses of study at advanced vocational schools ("Senshugakko"), educational institutions designated for preparing persons who have completed 12 years of education at school in foreign countries to enter college, of "Koto Senmongakko", junior high school and elementary school.

4 years 3 months
4 years
3 years 3 months
3 years
2 years 3 months
2 years
1 year 3 months
1 year
6 months
or 3 months

Trainee Activities to learn and acquire the technology, skills or knowledge at public or private organizations in Japan (excluding the activities described in the "College Student" and "Pre-college Student" columns of this table). 1 year
6 months
or 3 months
Dependent Daily activities on the part of the spouse or unmarried minor child of those who stay in Japan with the status of residence mentioned in table (1), (2) or (3), (excluding "Diplomat", Official" and "temporary Visitor" or of those who stay with the status of residence of "College, Pre-college" or "Trainee" in this table. 4 years 3 months
4 years
3 years 3 months
3 years
2 years 3 months
2 years
1 year 3 months
1 year
6 months
or 3 months
(5)
Status of Residence Activities authorized to engage in Period of Stay
Designated Activities Activities which are specifically desingated by the Minister of Justice for foreign individuals 5 years, 4 years,
3 years, 2 years,
1 year, 6 months
or the period specifically
designated by the Ministry
of Justice not to exceed 1 year
Annexed Table II
Status of Residence Personal relationship or
status on which the residence is authorized
Period of Stay
Permanent Resident Those who are permitted for permanent residence by the minister of justice Indefinite
Spouse or Child of Japanese National The spouse of Japanese nationals, the children adopted by Japanese nationals in accordance with the provisions of Article 817-2 of the Civil Code (Law #.89 of 1896) or those born as the children of Japanese nationals. 5 years
3 years
1 year
or 6 months
Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident The spouse of those who stay with the status of residence of "permanent Resident" or "Child of Resident under Law # .126 of 1952", or with the permission for permanent residence under the special immigration Law for enforcement of the agreement on the legal status and treatment of the nationals of the republic of Korea residing in Japan between Japan and republic of Korea (Law#.146 of 1956). (hereinafter referred to as " Permanent Resident" etc." those born as children of permanent Resident etc. In Japan and having been residing in Japan or the spouses of those who have been residing by the virtue of the provisions of Article 2, paragraph 6 of the Law #.126 of 1952 5 years
3 years
1 year
or 6 months
Long Term Resident Those who are authorized to reside in Japan with designation of period of stay by the Minister of Justice in the consideration of special circumstances. 5 years, 3 years,
1 year, 6 months
or the period specifically
designated by the Ministry of Justice not to exceed 5 years

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