I need some serious advice on this situation. I was recently arrested in Japan and detained for 17 days before released without going to court. I was given no criminal record, however I do have a criminal history that basically just states I was arrested. Does anyone know exactly what the difference is between a "criminal record" and "criminal history" in Japan? Apparently there is some discrepancy but I have no idea exactly what. All I know is that I have no criminal record and that it is a good thing. (The case wasn't taken to court because I paid restitution to the victim as well as a hefty donation through my attorney to the Japanese Bar Association.)
I'm currently living in Japan on a student visa. My visa is still valid, but my school is no longer willing to sponsor me because of the incident. I would try to find a work visa or some other visa status but I am aware that you have to have a 4-year degree in order to work in Japan. I felt that my only choice, really, was to withdraw from school within the time limit they gave me (which I've done already) and use the last 30 days of my valid visa to either find another sponsor or leave Japan entirely with the hope of one day returning in a work capacity once I get my four-year degree.
I've decided to leave Japan and continue my studies at home in America, but my main concern is whether or not I will be able to come back to Japan with my criminal HISTORY. I don't have a criminal record in Japan but there is evidence that I was arrested for a crime that did not go as far as court. Apart from that, if I leave the country in the next 30 days, I will be leaving behind several debts and financial obligations--student life in Tokyo hasn't exactly been the easiest for me in the financial sense. Ideally, I want to clear up my debts over the next year and eventually come back on a work visa but I'm not sure if this is even possible due to my criminal history. Has anyone else ever been in this situation??