Does anyone have any more information about this new (I think) development? What do they mean by long-term residents? Anyone who is not a tourist? Does it include permanent residents?
New Long Term Residency Requirements: Japan recently modified its Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. The law now requires that long-term residents provide satisfactory evidence that they do not have a criminal record in their home country when renewing their resident card. To obtain such proof, U.S. citizens with long-term resident status in Japan need to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and provide it with a copy of their fingerprints. To request such service, please follow the guidance listed here. For more details about the Japanese requirements, check with the nearest immigration office in Japan.
U.S. Department of State
Consular Information Sheet: Japan
I am getting really annoyed at being treated like a criminal suspect just because I am foreign. What is it with all this action against foreigners these days? We seemed to be moving nicely away from that trend in recent years with the fingerprints being removed from our Alien Registration Cards. I am feeling distinctly unwelcome, these days, in the country I have called home for ten of the past twelve years…
It seems that this law has something to do with people of Japanese descent (Nikkei) who immigrate to Japan. I don’t understand the particulars, but people who are not of Japanese descent should not have to do this. If I can find more information about this, I will post it here. In the meantime, it seems that the page above on the Department of State website is misleading.