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Author Topic: "Cool Japan" Residency  (Read 138 times)

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Offline Hikari

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"Cool Japan" Residency
« on: September 06, 2017, 10:57:59 PM »
So apparently Japan has started this new thing called "Cool Japan". The Immigration Bureau of Japan announced that an upcoming overhaul of its regulations will make it possible for foreigners working in anime-related fields to obtain permanent residency rights in Japan after just one year. They have a point system in place and if you score 70 points, you will need to live in Japan for three years and keep getting 70 throughout those years. If you somehow manage to get 80... you only have to do one year! Great right?

Wrong. Getting 70 points is going to be next to impossible, never mind 80. One of the criteria is income, meaning that you’ll need to display some sort of proven earning power for your line of otaku-related business, and with an annual income of 25 million yen (US$225,000) only netting you 40 points, even that enviable salary won’t be enough to get you permanent residency all on its own. Other criteria includes education, special skills and other stuff that most people looking to get into anime and manga just don't have. It seems they have applied this without learning about the industry beforehand.

Hopefully they can try to change this slightly. People lookin to live in JP, whaddya think?

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Re: "Cool Japan" Residency
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2017, 01:41:42 PM »
I mean, I get it. After all its their own art, they invented it. I am kinda satisfied. (Totally not because I am graduated graphic designer and I studied art in Japan for 1 year). Its not that hard to get that.

There is also "easier" way. You can go to Japan for normal stay (3 months max). If you manage to get married within those 3 months, you can live here AS LONG AS YOU ARE MARRIED. Meaning if you cheat or your wife cheats on you and you get divorced, they will deport you lol.

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Re: "Cool Japan" Residency
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 08:56:12 PM »
The very idea of making 25 million yen a year is ridiculous for a foreigner working in the anime industry.

The average salaryman about my age (30 years old) makes from 3 to 3.5 million yen (roughly $30k to $35k in USD) a year. If this Cool Japan program does exist, it's not the most affordable way of getting permanent residency in Japan. I'll admit I know nothing of Cool Japan but I do know that permanent residency becomes easier to get once you are there for 3 years.

Some ways you can work your way up are:
-Finding a company that will sponsor your Visa
-Studying in Japan (Student Visas generally last maximum of 2 years but there are ways to overcome this)
-Setting up business in Japan with a storefront minimum investment of $50,000
-Finding a job that you would be considered a "specialist"

There are of course other ways but I wouldn't know about them much. If anyone is interested in the methods I mentioned, feel free to ask.

LIVING in Japan is also actually pretty cheap. You can find places as cheap as $350 IN Tokyo. Situations in anime where a high school student works a part time job for rent are real, albeit they likely get extra income from parents or family for food and other needs.
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Re: "Cool Japan" Residency
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 09:52:26 PM »
it seems they've finally accepted the weebs

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Re: "Cool Japan" Residency
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 09:53:23 PM »
It's not quite accepting weebs as it is trying to generate income from foreigners. =P
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