If you’re a foreigner living in Japan, you should’ve received a notice on the new resident registration system due to begin on July 9 this year to replace the Alien Registration system. Around a month ago, you would’ve received a letter on confirming the kana readings of your registered name and early this month, a letter to confirm your details. The letter states that you should visit your local ward office or city hall if there are errors in the notice.
If you take a look at your Alien Registration card number, it would look something like B第123456789号. And if in the notice, it looks like B12345678, do not freak out and no, there is no need to visit your ward office or city hall because it is not an error. The new Residence Record only has 8 digits instead of 9. Yes, that was something my city hall failed to inform us and apparently, many people have gone to them because when I went over today, the lady knew exactly what it was about when I started saying “regarding the number here…”
So, if you thought of going to the ward office but have yet visited, you can save yourself that trip.
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