Regional Information Hyogo

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Kobe Commerce, Industry and Trade Center Building 4F
1-14 Hamabe-dori5, Chuo-ku, Kobe-city, Hyogo Prefecture 651-0083
Tel: +81-78-271-8401 Fax: +81-78-271-8403


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The information below is as of November 2017.

Living environment

Hyogo Prefecture, throughout its history, has been leading Japan's globalization. Since the opening of Kobe Port, Hyogo has been offering a liveable environment for foreigners by establishing housing of international standard, schools for foreigners with top-level teaching, hospitals and organizations for consultation and advice on everyday life with multi-lingual services and facilities of different religions. People can live comfortably, because prices are lower than in Tokyo. There are about 100,000 foreign residents from 145 countries in Hyogo and its population is 7th in the prefectural ranking.

International schools

Hyogo Prefecture is home to twelve international schools. Five of those twelve are Western, one is Chinese and six are Korean schools. Many of the schools have long histories: the Kobe Chinese School was founded in 1899; the Deutsche Schule Kobe in 1909; the Canadian Academy in 1913; many of the Korean elementary, junior high and high schools in the 1940s and 1950s. Indeed, they have played a role in the progress of internationalization in Hyogo Prefecture, and many of the foreign schools have interaction with regular Japanese schools through social events and other activities.

Health services catering to foreigners

About 4,000 medical institutions are established in the prefecture. Information about medical institutions with services in foreign languages is available online in an effort to provide an environment for foreign residents to lead safe, secure lives. More and more hospitals are offering multi-lingual services, and the number of linguistically-capable local residents helping out as medical interpreters is also on the increase.