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What is the difference between naturalization and permanent residence?
Naturalization means that a foreigner acquires Japanese nationality, and permanent residence means that a foreigner acquires the right to permanently reside in Japan as a foreigner. When naturalized, foreigners acquire Japanese nationality and lose the nationality of their country of origin, but that is not the case for permanent residents as their nationality does not change . When a foreign national start to live in Japan, he/she first obtains a status of residence, and then, after going through a few renewals of the status of residence while living a sound life with a stable income for 5-10 years, the possibility to become a permanent resident or a Japanese citizen will arise.
If you naturalize and acquire Japanese nationality, you will acquire all the rights that Japanese people can obtain, such as voting rights and social security, but you will not be able to easily return to the nationality of your country of origin. Therefore, it is recommended that those who are determined to live in Japan for the rest of their lives apply for naturalization, and those who want to continue a stable life in Japan for the time being but who may return to their country of origin in the future apply for permanent residence.


In order to naturalize, it is necessary to apply for naturalization at the Legal Affairs Bureau that covers the place of your residence and obtain the permission of the Minister of Justice. The law that directly stipulates the procedure and requirements for naturalization is the Nationality Act, but its simple requirement does not give you any hint about what are the judgment criteria, and the final judgment of permission/denial is at the discretion of the Minister of Justice. Hence, it can be said that the hurdle to obtain the permission is high, however, from the cases accumulated in past, we can give an assumption on what judgment criteria they have used.


Residence requirement (Article 5, Paragraph 1, No.1 of the Nationality Act)
Continue to have a residence in Japan for at least 5 years.
You are required to continue to stay in Japan for at least 5 years. It is not the total number of years, but required to continue to stay, so even if you have a period of stay of 5 years or more, if you have been abroad for a long time (about 90 days or more) during that period, your stay is considered interrupted and judged that the requirement is not satisfied, and the count returns to zero. In addition, the fact that you have been in Japan is not enough, but you are required to have a working status of residence for at least 3 years out of the 5 years you have been in Japan.
Ability requirement (Article 5, Paragraph 1, No.2 of the Nationality Act)
Your age must be at least 20 years old and have the ability to act according to the law of your home country.
Behavior requirement (Article 5, Paragraph 1, No.3 of the Nationality Act)
Your behavior shall be good.
Tax payment:
No delinquent tax payment. Those who work for a company are required to have paid residence tax, and those who run a business are required to have paid corporate tax and personal business tax.
In addition, it should be noted that improper declarations such as making parents dependents though they are separate and not actually supported by you, only to save tax, may also be considered as not satisfying the behavioral requirements.
Pention shall be paidIf you are a company employee whose welfare pension is deducted from your salary, this is not an issue, but if you are not, you must be paying the national pension.Business managers are required to enroll in the Enployees' pention insurance and pay the premium.
Traffic violation:
Considering the history of traffic violations over the past 5 years, and serious speeding or drunk driving may result in denial.
Criminal history:
Depending on the severity of the crime, having a criminal record increases the likelihood of being denied. Also, if a parent committtd a serious crime in Japan instead of the naturalized person, it may cause denial.
Livelihood requirement (Article 5, Paragraph 1, No.4 of the Nationality Act)
Being able to earn a living from the assets or abilities of one's own or a spouse or other relative who makes a living.
Have a regular job and earn a stable income.
Even if you have a loan or borrowing, it does not matter as long as you can repay stably within the income range. However, if payments are overdue, it can lead to the determination that you are not meeting your livelihood requirements.
Bankruptcy will be a disapproval factor if more than 7 years have not passed since the decision to start bankruptcy proceedings.
Loss requirement (Article 5, Paragraph 1, No.5 of the Nationality Act)
Not having a nationality or lose one by acquiring Japanese nationality.
Naturalization is not permitted if acquiring of Japanese nationality will make you become a dual citizen of the nationality of your country of origin.There is no problem if you lose your original nationality or if you have no nationality.
Ideological requirement (Article 5, Paragraph 1, No.6 of the Nationality Act)
Naturalization is not permitted for persons who belong to or participate in antisocial forces such as terrorists and gangsters, and who act or have ideas for the purpose of overthrowing the nation or disrupting social order.
Japanese proficiency requirement
You are required to have the minimum level of Japanese proficiency to live a life in Japan without any problems. Level 3 in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test or an equivalent ability is considered acceptable.


Step1  Initial Consultation(free) and Quotation
Please contact us by phone or the inquiry form.
In addition to the initial consulting on the application procedure, we will hear the details of your request and current situation, and investigate whether you satisfy the requirements for naturalization, the possibility of permission, and other foreseeable problems, etc. Then, we will provide you with a schedule and a quotation. If you are satisfied with our proposal, please place an order.
Step2  Place Order
Sign a delegation contract to make it a firm order.
After that, please transfer the first payment.
Step3  Collect Certificates and Create Documents
We will list documents required for your naturalization application. If there are documents that only you can obtain, we will advise you how you can obtain them. We will translate the documents as necessary (additional costs may be incurred depending on the volume).
Step4  Application to the Legal Affairs Bureau
Once the application documents are ready, submit them to the regional legal affairs bureau office which covers the area you live in. In the case of naturalization, unlike approval procedures to the Immigration Services bureau, you need to submit it yourself. The immigration lawyer will accompany you when you submit the application. Transfer the final payment at the time of application.
Step5  Interview
A few months after the documents are received, the Legal affairs bureau will contact you for an interview. At the time of the interview, prepare documents if there are any we advised in advance. The immigration lawyer will accompany you. Depending on your nationality, the Legal affairs bureau will instruct you to get your withdrawal from the old nationality completed after the interview.
Step6  Notification of Results
The naturalization application procedure will take 10 months to 1 year from the receipt of the application. If the application for naturalization is approved, it will be announced in the Official gazette. In addition, about one week after the announcement, the Legal affairs bureau will call you to notify the result, and a naturalization permission notice and identification card will be issued. After the permission is granted, the certification of alien registration and the residence card shall be returned, and the naturalization notification shall be submitted to the municipality, and the passport should be returned to the embassy or consulate depending on the country of origin. In addition, it is necessary to change the nationality and name of the driver's license, the real estate owned, bank account, credit card, etc. We will advise you on all necessary procedures that you have to go through.


Service Price
Certificate of eligibility JPY 120,000 + Tax
Status of residence change JPY 120,000 + Tax
Status of residence renewal JPY 60,000 + Tax
Naturalization JPY 200,000 + Tax
Permanent residence JPY 120,000 + Tax
Consultation(except for first 60min.) JPY 5,000/30min. + Tax


If you have any questions, want to hear more about the service, the first consultation is FREE!
Please feel free to contact us using the inquiry form below or by phone.

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