The "gaijin card" that all foreigners resident in Japan must carry as a form of identification looks set to disappear--or, rather, be updated.
Justice Minister Kunio Hatoyama said on Friday: "We're moving toward deciding to abolish the current system."
The government announced yesterday that a new registry system for foreigners will be introduced. The new system will be similar to the system for Japanese nationals, which includes marital status and address for a household not just on an individual basis.
The purpose is to make it easier for communities with large number of foreigners to keep track of whether, for example, children are enrolled in school.
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Saturday, January 26, 2008