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Outline of the Survey

Purpose and History

  The Report on Internal Migration in Japan Derived from the Basic Resident Registration aims at providing data on internal migration of the Japanese and foreign people based on the records of the Basic Resident Registration which the mayor of each municipality (shi, ku of ku-area of Tokyo, machi and mura) is responsible for preparing in accordance with the Basic Resident Registration Act.

  This report started as the "Report on Internal Migration in Japan Derived from the Resident Registers". Resident Registration Law (Act No.218 of 1951) was renewed to the Basic Resident Registration Act (Act No.81 of 1967). Therefore this report also changed its name to the "Report on Internal Migration in Japan Derived from the Basic Resident Registration".

  * With the enactment of the Law for Partial Amendment to The Basic Resident Registration Act in July 2012, foreign residents are also covered by the Basic Resident Registration Network System from July 8, 2013. This report includes a person having no Japanese nationality provided for by the Basic Resident Registration Act.

Procedures of making data

  This report is compiled from the following data which is reported to each municipality and provided to the Statistics Bureau, based on Article 37 of the Basic Resident Registration Act.

(1)  Address (municipality code), sex, age (the birth data) and information on changes (reason and date of in-migration) of the in-migrants who reported their in-migration to the head of each municipality in accordance with Article 22 of the Act.

(2)  Address (municipality code), sex, age (the birth data) and information on changes (reason and date of in-migration) of the in-migrants registered ex officio in the Resident Record by the authority in accordance with Article 8 of the Act.

Tabulation and release of the results

  The data given by prefectural governments are tabulated and compiled in statistical tables by the Statistics Bureau. The results are released in the "Monthly Report" which contains monthly internal migration statistics and the "Annual Report" which contains annual internal migration statistics.

Related Act

  Articles of the Basic Resident Registration Act which are related to this report are as follows:

Purpose

  (Article 1)   The purpose of this Act is to establish the system of the basic resident registration which is designed to make an accurate and consistent record of residents in a municipality (including a special ward; the same shall apply hereinafter), for the purpose of providing a basis for processing authentication of matters pertaining to their residence, voter registration, as well as other affairs related to residents in a municipality, while promoting a simplified procedure for notification of a domicile and other procedures to be undertaken by residents, and appropriate management of residential records, thereby promoting the convenience of residents and contributing to rationalized administration of the national and local governments.

Entry, etc. in the Resident Record

  (Article 8)   An entry in the resident record, or deletion or revision of the entry (hereinafter referred to as "entry, etc." except in Article 18) shall be made or registered pursuant to the provisions of Article 30-3, paragraphs (1) and (2), Article 30-4, paragraph (3), and Article 30-5, and on the basis of notification made pursuant to the provisions of Chapter IV or Chapter IV-3, or ex officio as prescribed by a Cabinet Order.

Notification of Moving In

  (Article 22)   (1) A person who has moved in ("move in" shall mean "newly establish one's domicile within the area of a municipality except by birth;" hereinafter the same shall apply in this Article and Article 30-46) shall notify the mayor of the municipality of the following matters (the matters listed in items (i) to (v) inclusive and (vii) for a person who has not been recorded in the basic resident registration in any municipality) within 14 days from the date he/she moved in.

      (i) Name;

      (ii) Domicile;

      (iii) Date the person moved in;

      (iv) Previous domicile;

      (v) If a person is a householder, a statement to that effect; if a person is not a householder, a statement of the name of a householder and the person's relationship to the householder;

      (vi) Resident record code before a person moved in (the resident record code recorded by the mayor of the municipality who has made an entry in the resident record most recently in respect of a person who has moved in to the municipality most recently entered in the said resident record);

      (vii) For a person who has moved in from abroad or others specified by a Cabinet Order, in addition to the matters listed in any of the preceding items, the matters specified by a Cabinet Order.

   (2) A person who makes a notification pursuant to the provisions of the preceding paragraph (except for a person set forth in item (vii) of the same paragraph) shall make a notification as specified in the same paragraph, together with the document related to a change in domicile as specified by a Cabinet Order.

Provision of Materials

  (Article 37)   (1) A national government administrative organ or a prefectural governor may, if they have a necessity to obtain it for the affairs under their jurisdiction, request that a mayor of a municipality provide materials concerning the matters recorded in the basic resident registration.

   (2) A national government administrative organ may, if it has a necessity to obtain it for the affairs under its jurisdiction, request that a prefectural governor or Japan Agency for Local Authority Information Systems (hereinafter referred to as "J-LIS") provide data concerning identity verification information a prefectural governor or J-LIS preserved.

Exclusion from Application

  (Article 39)   This Act shall not apply to a person having no Japanese nationality who is a person other than any of the persons listed in the upper [left-hand] column of the Table under Article 30-45 or a person who is provided for by a Cabinet Order.

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