Can permanent residency in Japan ever be taken away?

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Next to acquiring Japanese citizenship, permanent residency is the most secure status that a foreign national can obtain to stay in Japan.  However, although the name suggests otherwise, permanent residency does not grant the holder an unlimited right to stay in Japan.  Unlike citizenship, permanent residency can be taken away under certain conditions.

Permanent residency can be revoked for people who commit certain serious crimes.  These crimes are similar to the crimes that would result in the revocation of a visa.  Some examples of these crimes include, human trafficking, any drug offense, prostitution related crimes or providing someone with assistance in breaking immigration law.  Special permanent residency can only be removed by a shorter list of much more serious crimes such as treason.

If you have any questions about residence in Japan, please contact our office for a legal consultation.