Protest against New Immigration Rules

Jun 16, 2009

Date: Friday, July 3 Time: 6.30 p.m Place:Nakanoshima Park (close to Osaka City Hall) Yodoyabashi Station exit 1 (Midosuji Line at 6.10pm) As reported in the mass media, last Tuesday, June 2, foreign residents in Tokyo, and their supporters, demonstrated in front of the Diet building to demand that bills to revise the immigration law be scrapped. Proposed revisions to the immigration rules now under consideration by a Diet committee include the centralization of records on foreigners, with the Immigration Bureau holding the files on non-Japanese residents that were formerly kept by municipal offices. Under the new rules, foreigners will have to stand in line at Immigration to make a report every time they change their their job or merely renewed their work contract within 14 days thereafter. Failure to comply with the tight deadline for making the report could mean a 200,000 yen fine or even loss of visa. The Japanese government is claiming that the new measures will make life more convenient for foreigners. As usual, the government made no attempt whatsoever at dialogue with our community to find out if this would really be the case.

It is urgent to make our voices heard.