For new JETs: your Residence Card will be your main form of identification while in Japan. Within 14 days of your arrival, you must submit a "Moving-in Notice" at your city hall. (Your go-between should help you with this.)
After you have submitted the "Moving-in Notice", you will receive your Residence Card by mail. Make sure all the details on your card are correct, especially your name, address, and the duration of your visa.
Always carry your Residence Card on you, as without it, you can be arrested and held until your identity is firmly established. (This is rare, but can happen).
If you move, you need to visit your old city hall to submit a "Moving-Out Notice" and visit your new city hall to submit a "Moving-in Notice". The city hall will record your new address on your Residence Card.
If any of the other details recorded on your Residence Card change, you need to visit your regional immigration bureau and submit a notification. They will give you a new card.
Note: The Alien Registration system was abolished in summer 2012 and has been replaced by a new Residency system. Please view the following Ministry of Justice pamphlet for more details: http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/newimmiact_1/pdf/NewResidencyManagementSystem-%28EN%29.pdf
For current JETs who have an Alien Registration Card: You do not need to obtain a Residence Card immediately. Your current Alien Registration Card will function as your Residence Card. When you next visit the immigration bureau to perform a procedure such as extending your period of stay or changing your status of residence, you will receive the new card then.
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The Hiring Process ・ Buying From Your Predecessor ・ Japanese Customs ・ Bringing Medicine To Japan ・ Presents For Coworkers ・ Tokyo to Hyogo ・ Residence Card ・ Changes to the Alien Registration System, July 2012 ・ First Few Days ・ Pension Book ・ Settling In At Home ・ Letter of Appointment ・ Personal Seal
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