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"Cultural Activities"

"Cultural Activities" or "bunka-katsudo" in Japanese is one of "Status of Residence" defined by Japanese immigration law.


Persons qualified for "Cultural Activities"
- unpaid internships, people studying the tea ceremony or Japanese flower arranging
etc.


Spouse and Children
- a spouse of a person who is qualified for "Cultural Activities"
- a child of a person who is qualified for "Cultural Activities"
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


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.


Authorized Activities (Appended Table I (3), Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act)
本邦において行うことができる活動(出入国管理及び難民認定法 別表第一 三)

Academic or artistic activities that provide no income, or activities for the purpose of pursuing specific studies on Japanese culture or arts, or activities for the purpose of learning and acquiring Japanese culture or arts under the guidance of experts (except for the activities listed in the right-hand column of the "College Student", "Pre-college Student" and "Trainee" columns of Appended Table (4)).


収入を伴わない学術上若しくは芸術上の活動又は我が国特有の文化若しくは技芸について専門的な研究を行い若しくは専門家の指導を受けてこれを修得する活動(四の表の留学の項から研修の項までの下欄に掲げる活動を除く。)



基準(出入国管理及び難民認定法第七条第一項第二号の基準を定める省令・省令第十六号)




Period of Stay (Appended Table II)
在留期間(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第二)

1 year or 6 months.


一年又は六月



Materials (Appended Table III)
資料(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第三)

(i) In the case where the alien intends to engage in academic or artistic activities or to pursue specific studies on Japanese culture or arts:
a. Material certifying the contents and period of the activities and the outline of the organization where the alien intends to engage in the activities.
b. Document certifying the alien's educational background and career and his/her background pertaining to the activities.
c. Document certifying the alien's ability to pay all the expenses during his/her stay in Japan.

(ii) In the case where the alien intends to learn and acquire Japanese culture or arts under the guidance of experts: In addition to those listed in the preceding item, a material certifying the backgrounds and achievements of the experts.


一 学術上若しくは芸術上の活動を行い、又は我が国特有の文化若しくは技芸について専門的な研究を行おうとする場合
 イ 活動の内容及び期間並びに当該活動を行おうとする機関の概要を明らかにする資料
 ロ 学歴、職歴及び活動に係る経歴を証する文書
 ハ 在留中の一切の経費の支弁能力を証する文書
二 専門家の指導を受けて我が国特有の文化又は技芸を修得しようとする場合 前号に掲げるもののほか、当該専門家の経歴及び業績を明らかにする資料



Materials (Appended Table III (2))
資料(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第三の二)

(i) Document certifying the contents and period of the activities and the outline of the organization where the alien intends to engage in the activities.
(ii) Document certifying the alien's ability to pay all the expenses during his/her stay in Japan.


一 活動の内容及び期間並びに活動を行おうとする機関の概要を明らかにする資料
二 在留中の一切の経費の支弁能力を証する文書



Agent (Appended Table IV)
代理人(出入国管理及び難民認定法施行規則 別表第四)

(i) Employee of the organization in Japan to which the alien is to belong to engage in academic or artistic activities.
(ii) Expert who is to give guidance to the alien.
(iii) the alien's relative residing in Japan.


一 本人が所属して学術上又は芸術上の活動を行うこととなる本邦の機関の職員
二 本人を指導する専門家
三 本邦に居住する本人の親族


Working visa
Professor 「教授」
Artist 「芸術」
Religious Activities 「宗教」
Journalist 「報道」
Business Manager 「経営・管理」
Legal/Accounting Services 「法律・会計業務」
Medical Services 「医療」
Researcher 「研究」
Instructor 「教育」
Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/
International Services 「技術・人文知識・国際業務」

Intracompany Transferee 「企業内転勤」
Entertainer 「興行」
Skilled Labor 「技能」

General visa
Cultural Activities 「文化活動」
Student 「留学」
Pre-College Student 「就学」
Trainee 「研修」
Dependent 「家族滞在」

Specified visa
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」

Visiting visa
Temporary Visitor 「短期滞在」

Diplomatic visa
Diplomat 「外交」

Official visa
Official 「公用」

Permanent Residency
Permanent Resident 「永住者」
Special Permanent Resident 「特別永住者」

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