The number of registered foreigners in Japan has now exceeded two million. Considering
the expansion of globalization and the declining birthrate, we can expect a further
increase in the percentage of foreign residents in their respective areas.
Thus, policies for foreign residents have become nationwide issues, not merely a
challenge for local governments or international associations.
Based on the current situation, this Multilingual Living Information was created
by the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations in April 2003 to
provide multilingual information necessary for foreigners to live in Japan.
We are happy to report that this Multilingual Living Information has been utilized
by many local governments and international associations, and has been published
as guidebooks including information on the respective areas for the foreign residents.
However, with the revision of systems after the publication, various quarters have
requested a revised version of the Multilingual Living Information.
Therefore, the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations has issued
this revised version by setting up an editorial board to hear the opinions of the
We hope that this new Multilingual Living Information will be utilized by many local
governments and international associations to help the foreign residents integrate
smoothly into their lives in Japan and live at ease.
Council of Local Authorities for International Relations
The creation of this work, Multilingual Living Information, was in the year FY2006
consigned by the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR)
to Gyosei Ltd.