Tighter control over foreigners in Japan

The Japanese government is considering ways of tightening its control of foreign residents. It’s setting up a working group to report on possible new measures, such as the recently proposed smart ID cards. The government says this is part of a crime and terrorism prevention strategy. They expect to be able to revise the registration laws in 2007.

The group will not be focused just on adding restrictions. They will also consider other changes, such as allowing foreigners to stay longer in Japan.

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