Hello. Recently, I applied for Permanent Residence status. I have lived off-and-on in Japan since 1998. I wasn't able to apply earlier because 1. I never had a visa longer than 1 year, 2. I hadn't lived in Japan 10 years CONSECUTIVELY, and 3. I didn't have any of the other qualifications, like being married to a Japanese or having special skills, etc.
Anyway, I've lived in Japan about 17 years in total, and finally reached the 10 consecutive years requirement and have a visa that's longer than a year. My question is IF Immigration rejects my application, are my chances basically shot for ever getting PR? I'm getting older, and I don't want to be living year-to-year, never knowing if I'll ever be accepted as a permanent resident.