★Did you know?

①If you are registered as resident in Japan (mid-to-long term resident,special
 permanent resident,etc), you will be notified of your 12-digit Social Security and
 Tax Number (also called Individual Number or "My Number"), beginning October 2015.

 The "My Number" system is a basis for confirming if personal information under the same name in
 multiple agencies is from one and the same person. The system serves to improve the efficiency
 and transparency of the social security and tax systems. Beginning October 2015, every household
 will receive, by registered mail, an envelope containing notification cards showing the Individual
 Numbers of household members. The card is important so please keep in a safe place.

 You can make an inquiry about the system by calling the following numbers:
 ●Call center
0570-20-0178 (Japanese)
0570-20-0291 (English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese)
[Until September 30 ,2015]
9:30 -17:30 weekdays (Closed on weekends, national holidays, and yaer-end/New Year holidays)
[October 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016]
9:30-20:00 weekdays 9:30-17:30 weekends and national holidays

For more information about "My Number" system, please visit the following pages:
  English   http://www.cas.go.jp/jp/seisaku/bangoseido/english.html
  Chinese  http://www.cas.go.jp/jp/seisaku/bangoseido/chinese-kantaiji.html
  Korean   http://www.cas.go.jp/jp/seisaku/bangoseido/korean.html
  Spanish  http://www.cas.go.jp/jp/seisaku/bangoseido/spanish.html
  Portuguese http://www.cas.go.jp/jp/seisaku/bangoseido/portuguese.html
  Other languages including Japanese
(Source: Cabinet Secretaniat)

②The revised immigration law has been implemented on April 1, 2015.
  Here are some major revisions:
  • New resident status "Highly Skilled Professional" has been introduced.
  • The resident status "Investor/Business Manager" has been changed to "Business Manager."
  • The resident statuses "Engineer" and "Specialist in Humanities/International Services" have been consolidated into the status "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services."
  • The scope of the resident status "Student" has been expanded to cover junior high school students and elementary school students since January 1, 2015.
http://www.moj.go.jp/content/000113783.pdf  (page 20-21)