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Living in Japan

The following list of websites provides useful information for foreigners living in Japan on topics such as hospitals, banks, mobile phones, electricity and gas. The links are available in English. Please check them out for further information.


1. Hospitals

Here you can find a list of medical institutions in Japan. Although the site was originally created to aid the safe travel of foreign tourists in Japan, it would also be useful for foreigners living in Japan.


2. Banking Service

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

* Please contact each branch for details on available services.


Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

* Please contact each branch for details on available services.
* Examples of how to fill in an application form in English, Chinese, Korean and Portuguese are available at individual branches.


The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

* Please contact each branch for details on available services.
* Examples of how to fill in an application form in English, Chinese, and Korean are available at individual branches.


Services

Contacts

* Additional customer support is available at individual branches.
* Application forms and brochures in English are also available.
* Translation services using tablet PCs at ShinjukuExternal site: a new window will open and FukuokaExternal site: a new window will open branches are available.


3. Mobile phone

If you want to make a contract with a mobile phone carrier, please visit the websites below.


4. Electricity

An explanation of the application process and lists of electricity suppliers and registered retailed electricity companies are available on the website of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.


5. Gas

Service inquiries and emergency procedures (gas leakages, earthquakes, etc.)

Osaka GasExternal site: a new window will open (See Residential Customers tab.)

Saibu GasExternal site: a new window will open (See Contact Us section.)


6. Multilingual speech translation application

VoiceTraExternal site: a new window will open is a free speech translation application produced by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). The application translates your speech into over 30 different languages including Japanese and allows you to communicate with people from different parts of the world.


7. Child care, medical care, housing, pensions

The “Portal Site on Policies for Foreign Residents”External site: a new window will open on the website of the Cabinet Office of Japan provides useful information regarding the living environment for foreign residents in Japan and their support staff. Information for residents includes child/medical care, housing, pensions, education and more. The information is available in Japanese, English, Portuguese and Spanish.


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