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Old Aug 30th 2015, 7:23 am   #16
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Default Re: Japan Working Holiday Visa Question

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Correct. The laws related to immigration and visa have changed a lot last year. It indeed used to be that a visa and a re-entry permit were considered two separate things. Under the new system are they combined: if you have a visa then you automatically have a re-entry permit. You can leave Japan for up to one year and return to Japan without losing the visa.

Some other visa related rules and laws have changed as well, so a thorough investigation is advised when considering to apply for a Japanese visa.
That is not complete. The law on re entry changed 3 years ago when the old system of alien registration cards started to be phased out. The new residence card is considered to be a special re entry permit which is valid as you say for any absence of less than a year, however you can still get a re entry permit if you are going to be out for more than a year.
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