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 members.
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.