I am wanting to travel to Japan to vist a friend. I do not know if I can travel as a resident. Would I need special passport or do I have to be Citizen of the US?
You simply travel on your green card and the passport of your country. So long as you are not gone for longer than 6 months you will have no trouble returning to the United States.
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In addition to the answer above, you have to check Japan's visa and entry requirements for your country of citizenship. Because you are not a citizen of the United Stated, the regulations governing entry regimen between Japan and you native country will apply even though you are traveling from the US.