JAPAN

  • Tokyo
  • Kobe
  • Population: Japan’s population is 127.34 million, over 13 million of whom live in Tokyo.
  • Language: The official language is Japanese.
  • Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
  • Time Zone: 9 hours ahead of GMT. There is no change for Daylight Saving Time.
  • Electricity: 100 volts and 50 Hertz (60Hz in Western Japan).
  • Banking: Japan is still a cash-based society. Japan has good banking facilities with short banking hours, but most banking services are accessible on ATM machines.
  • Transport: Public transportation is extensive, efficient, clean and inexpensive and is the most popular means of transportation.
  • Healthcare: The standard of healthcare in Japan is very good, with modern and clean facilities and excellent doctors, many of whom speak at least some English.
  • Housing: The most popular residential areas for expatriates in Tokyo are Minato-ku, Shibuya-ku , Setagaya-ku and Meguro-ku. Housing contracts in Japan are usually for two years and include clauses for early termination.
  • Serviced Apartments: Serviced apartments are readily available for temporary accommodation, although units with 3BR+ tend to be very limited in availability.
  • Immigration: Immigration procedures generally include fingerprinting and photographs upon arrival. Foreigners over sixteen years old are required to carry their ResidenceCard as identification at all times.
  • Schooling: There are numerous international schools in Tokyo, including:
    • American School in Japan
    • Nishimachi International School
    • Tokyo International School
    • International School of the Sacred Heart
    • British School in Tokyo
    • Lycée Franҫais
    • Deutsche Schule
  • How do I set up my bank account?

    For opening a local yen account, you should bring your Alien Registration card, Certificate of Registered Information form and show your passport visa page. Japanese banking regulations do not permit joint accounts, so it is recommended that you request an additional bank card for your spouse, for which there will be a nominal fee.

  • May I bring my pets?

    Tokyo has specific regulations regarding importation of pets. Regulations vary according to the type of pet and the country from which they are coming. Check regulations carefully and prepare early. Pets must be microchipped, and vaccinated against rabies (and blood tested) at least six months before entering Japan. For Pets coming from a rabies free area, the regulations are looser, but at least forty days prior notification is required.

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