Today I applied for permanent residence in Japan. It didn’t actually take that long; I needed about a dozen pieces of paper, most of which were issued by the local ward office, and a simple application form. A lot of the simplicity is because I’m applying on the grounds of being married to a Japanese person; if you are applying on other grounds, things are a bit more complicated.
So, now it seems that I just have to wait for the result. It could take up to a year, apparently, so I may well have to extend my current visa while I’m waiting. Fortunately, that shouldn’t be a problem. I’m still married to and living with Yuriko, after all, so getting my marriage visa extended really ought to be a formality.
I hope the Japanese government are willing to let me stay.