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Public gathering
against the government's new plan
to introduce
"Zairyu Kaado (resident card)" system

We want a system
for a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society,
but not for control!

Date: Saturday, 24 January 2009
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Venue: B1F, YMCA Asia Youth Center
2-5-5 Sarugaku-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0064, Japan
JR Suidobashi sta. 6min, Ochanomizu sta. 9min, Subway Jimbocho sta 7min
Admission: 500 yen
Simultaneous translation service: available (Japanese-English)
Organized by:
NGO Committee against the introduction of "Zairyu Kaado (resident card)" system

The Ministry of Justice is currently pressing forward measures aiming at integrating personal information of foreign residents in Japan. A revised bill of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act is expected to be discussed during the ordinary diet session in 2009 to abolish the current 'Gaikokujin Torokusho’ (alien registration card)' and introduce a new 'Zairyu Kaado’ (resident card), which will be issued directly from the Ministry of Justice.

However, we, NGOs are concerned that once a 'Zairyu Kaado' is introduced, control over foreigners would be more tightened. We particularly fear that foreign residents without VISA status such as overstayers would be excluded from the new resident registration system (“Gaikokujin Daicho Seido”) and lose access to most of public services including education and medical care. Thus the system would make these people socially invisible.

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In this public gathering, we, NGOs and foreign national citizens, will discuss the framework of the bill (abolishing the 'Gaikokujin Torokusho'and introducing a 'Zairyu Kaado') and the issues that might occur when the new system is introduced. We will also propose a new system toward a true Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Cultural Society in Japan.

Program

  1. A short documentary video on a public action in front of the Ministry of Justice against a new fingerprinting system on 20 November 2007
  2. Report 1 : Framework of the new Immigration Control System
    By Mr. Akira Hatate (Japan Civil Liberties Union: JCLU)
  3. Report 2 : Overview of the 'Jumin Touroku (Residents Registration System)'
    By Mr. Tohru Nishimura (HanJukinet Renrakukai)
  4. Report 3 : Problems and concerns over 'Zairyu Kaado (resident card)'
    By Mr. Mitsuru Namba (Attorney)
  5. Relay talk by foreign national citizens
  6. Relay appeals by NGOs:
  7. NGO joint statement against the "Zairyu Kaado (resident card)" system
For further information:
Research-Action Institute for The Koreans in Japan (RAIK)
phone No. and e-mail address of RAIK
Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan (SMJ)
phone No. and e-mail address of SMWJ/migrant-net
URI: http://www.jca.apc.org/migrant-net/

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