Living in Japan guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Japan with the expat guide

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General information
  • Japan consists of more than 6,000 islands. Its capital city is Tokyo while its most important cities are Kyoto and Osaka, etc.

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  • Hyogo is a Japanese city which receives thousands of visitors each year. It is known to be a tourist region. Its economy has been developing over the years.

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  • Fukui, one of the most popular Japanese cities, has a thriving economy. The tourism industry is also very developed due to its numerous places of interest.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • To get married in Japan, you are required to apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry at the embassy or consulate of your country in Japan.

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  • You will need a tourist visa to stay for a maximum period of 90 days in Japan. However, citizens of certain countries are exempt from visa.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • If you wish to make a professional trip to Japan, you can choose from the work visa, the investor visa or Working Holiday Visa (WHV).

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Yokohama, capital city of the Kanagawa Prefecture, is a maritime region. Its economy is primarily based on port activities and the automotive industry.

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  • Major recruiters in Tochigi, Japan are the automotive, electronics, pharmaceutical and food processing industries.

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  • There are various job opportunities in Saitama, Japan. The city's main economic pillars are industry, electronics manufacturing, trade and export.

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  • There are numerous job opportunities for foreigners in Nagoya, Japan. The automotive and aerospace industries are the major recruiters.

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  • Sectors with high employment potential in Shizuoka, Japan, are industry, services and manufacturing. There are also many big companies in the region.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • In Hiroshima, Japan, you will mostly find traditional and ancient dwellings such as "ryokan". There are also modern hotels and inns in different neighborhoods.

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  • Various types of accommodation are available in Osaka, Japan. You can rent a room, a studio, an apartment or a traditional house.

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  • The city of Kyoto, Japan, offers a wide variety of accommodation. You can rent a house or an apartment. You can also stay in a hotel or in a 'ryokan'.

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  • Tokyo has a wide variety of accommodation for all tastes. You will find not only studios and apartments, individual houses and huge residential complexes.

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  • You can find an apartment or a studio for rent in Japan. In general, you have to pay a deposit which is equal to six months' rent.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Tokyo is one of the world's great capitals and if you are looking to study there you will have a great number of impressive institutions to choose from.

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  • You have to apply for a study visa at the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in your home country if you wish to study in Japan.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Japan has two national protection schemes. But you have to subscribe to a health insurance if you are moving there for less than a year.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • Expatriates wishing to open a bank account in Japan have to produce their Residence Card which mentions their current address in the country.

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Tax system, income tax
  • Non residents in Japan are have to pay income tax according to their Japanese income. Residents have to pay tax according to their global income.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Japan offers several means of transport. Train, metro and buses are very safe and comfortable. You can also travel by plane, taxi or rent a car.

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  • Getting around Kyoto. Kyoto Transportation. Walking, riding a bike, trains.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • You can drive in Japan with your international driver's licence, except if your home country has an exchange agreement with Japan.

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  • Owning a car will let you expand your activities and allow you to explore the country in more depth.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Moving to Japan: How to find a removal company?

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Connecting to internet is quite easy in Japan. The country has several types of connection: narrow band, broadband, wireless and mobile internet.

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  • You have to buy a new mobile phone and a Japanese sim card if you want to make phone calls in Japan. Yours will not be compatible.

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  • Learn a few Japanese words, Japanese for beginners

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • There are various ways to discover Japan. You can take a walk in the mountains and forests during your free time or visit the ancient palaces and temples.

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  • Several types of sports are practiced in Japan. The most popular sports are football, volleyball, baseball, golf as well as martial arts such as karate.

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  • Alcoholic beverages, perfumes and cigarettes are exempt from tax in Japan. Some products are banned from entering while others are subject to control.

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  • Alcoholic beverages, perfumes and cigarettes in small quantities are exempt from tax in Japan. Some products are controled while others are prohibited.

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  • In Japan, you can entrust your children of less than 6 years old to different childcare systems: nursery schools, kindergartens and preprimary schools.

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  • Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies before traveling to Japan. It must have a passport and a health record which you will have to produce on arrival.

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