"Journalist" or /ho-do/ in Japanese is one of "Status of Residence" defined by Japanese immigration law.
Persons qualified for "Journalist"
- newspaper journalists, magazine journalists, editors, news cameramen, announcers
"Period of Stay" will be determined among one of the followings.
5-year, 3-year, 1-year or 3-month.
Spouse and/or Children of a person who is staying in Japan under the status of "Journalist" will be qualified for the status "Dependent".
List of "Status of Residence"
Table I (1)
||Diplomat Official Professor Artist Religious Activities Journalist|
|Table I (2)||Business Manager Legal/Accounting Services Medical Services Researcher Instructor Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services Intracompany Transferee Entertainer Skilled Labor|
|Table I (3)||Cultural Activities Temporary Visitor|
|Table I (4)||Student Pre-college Student Trainee Dependent|
|Table I (5)||Designated Activities|
|Table II||Permanent Resident Spouse or Child of Japanese national Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident Long Term Resident|
|Special Permanent Resident||Special Permanent Resident|
As a registered immigration/visa specialist or "Gyoseishoshi", we can offer various services related to immigration procedures.
Services we can offer are
Consultation - to find out Status of Residence/Procedures that may best suit you and/or your family member, etc.
Documentation - to prepare and/or advice the documents you need to submit to the Immigration Bureau
Representation/Agency - to submit the documents and communicate with the Immigration Bureau on your behalf
and so forth.
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Followings are quotations from the immigration law/ordinance of the web site of Japanese government. However some of them were quoted before the revision in 2012. Therefore they might be old and different from the present rule.
News coverage and other journalistic activities conducted based on a contract with a foreign journalistic organization.
3 or 1 year.
Document certifying the contents and period of the activities and the alien's position and reward.
(i) Document certifying the continuance of the dispatch by the foreign journalistic organization or of the contract.
(ii) Certificate of the alien's annual income and amount of tax paid.
Employee of the office in Japan of the foreign journalistic organization which entered into a contract with the alien or the organization in Japan to which the alien is to belong to engage in journalistic activities.
Religious Activities 「宗教」
Business Manager 「経営・管理」
Legal/Accounting Services 「法律・会計業務」
Medical Services 「医療」
Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services 「技術・人文知識・国際業務」
Intracompany Transferee 「企業内転勤」
Skilled Labor 「技能」
Cultural Activities 「文化活動」
Pre-College Student 「就学」
Spouse or Child of Japanese national 「日本人の配偶者等」
Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident 「永住者の配偶者等」
Long Term Resident 「定住者」
Designated Activities 「特定活動」
Permanent Resident 「永住者」
Special Permanent Resident 「特別永住者」
Temporary Visitor 「短期滞在」