[ Living in Japan ~Guidebook for Foreign Researchers ]
As the title "Living in Japan - Guidebook for Foreign Researchers" suggests, this is a guidebook for foreign researchers who are coming to live and work in Japan. This guidebook compiles JISTEC’s expertise accumulated throughout the years. Besides basic information about arriving in Japan, it will organize and elaborate on FAQ’s posed by researchers and introduces website addresses of specific organizations in charge, which will be able to provide more detailed information.  Consequently, this will serve as a useful guidebook during each researcher’s  stay in Japan, as well as a means to be well-prepared  and to gather necessary information ahead of time.

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== Table of Contents==

I. Arrival in Japan
1. Immigration
1.1 Necessary documents for entry into Japan
1.2 Entry procedures
2. Declaration at customs
2.1 Declaration forms
2.2 Duty-free/tax-free allowance
2.3 Prohibited articles for bringing into Japan
2.3.1 Prohibited and restricted items for bringing into Japan
2.3.2 Import restrictions
2.3.3 Avoiding drug trafficking
3. Airport Access
3.1 Narita International Airport (Narita Kuko)
3.2 Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Kuko)
3.3 Chubu Centrair International Airport (Chubu Kokusai Kuko)
3.4 Kansai International Airport (Kansai Kokusai Kuko)
4. Entry and Residence Procedures
4.1 Visa
4.1.1 Visa for short term stays
4.1.2 Visa waiver countries/areas
4.1.3 Visa for work or long-term stays
4.2 Residence Card3
4.2.1 Receiving a Residence Card
4.2.2 Immigration Bureau
4.2.3 Immigration Bureau Information Centers
4.3 Application procedures for changing resident status
4.3.1 Application for a change of visa status
4.3.2 Application for extension of period of stay
4.3.3 Re-entry permission
4.3.4 Application for acquiring resident status

II. Family
1. Accompanying /inviting family to Japan
1.1 Documents to be submitted
1.2 Points of attention
2. Family members working in Japan
3. Marriage
4. Pregnancy/childbirth
4.1 Registering a pregnancy
4.2 Maternal and Child Health Handbook (Boshikenkotecho)
4.3 Childbirth
5. Children
5.1 Child Allowance(jido teate)
5.1.1 Eligibility for the child allowance1
5.1.2 Allowance amount (per month)
5.1.3 Necessary notifications
5.2 Education
5.2.1 Diagram of the Japanese school system
5.2.2 Parent/guardian paid education expenses

III. Emergency Response
1. Incidents/Accidents

1.1 Calling the police
1.2 Reporting to a police box (koban)
1.3 Non-emergency police hotlines
1.4 Traffic accidents
1.4.1 Checkpoints in the event of an accident
2. Fire/emergency rescue
2.1 Fire department/ambulance
2.2 Emergency call example
2.3 Emergency telephone consultation for children
2.4 Information Resources in English
3. Incidents/accidents at sea
3.1 Japan Coast Guard
4. Earthquakes
4.1 Introduction
4.2 What to do if you are at home
4.3 What to do if you are outside the home
4.4.What to do once the tremor is over
4.5 What to do in the event of a fire
4.6 Deciding whether to return home
5. Tsunami
5.1 Causes of tsunami
5.2 Evacuation
6. Typhoons (Flood damage)
6.1 Information about typhoons
6.2 Precautions for an approaching typhoon
6.3 Characteristics of flood damage caused by localized heavy rain
6.4 Flood damage dangers following heavy rain
6.5 Information sources on disasters, weather and the climate

IV. Daily Life
1. Precipitation and Average Temperatures for Major Cities
2. Banking

2.1 Opening a bank account
2.1.1 Necessary documents
2.2 Opening hours for counter services
2.3 ATM service hours and charges
2.3.1 Example of ATM services - Mizuho Bank
2.3.2 Example of convenience store ATM services - Seven Eleven
2.4 Overseas remittances
3. National Health Insurance
3.1 National Health Insurance System
3.2 Foreign citizens
3.3 Enrollment procedures for National Health Insurance
3.3.1 Application period
3.3.2 Required documents for enrollment
3.3.3 Required documents for withdrawal
3.3.4 Required documents for other circumstances
3.4 National Health Insurance Benefits
3.4.1 Medical Treatment Benefits
3.4.2 Allowance system in cases of very high medical expenses
3.4.3 Lending system in cases of very high medical expenses
3.4.4 Special cases of medical expense
3.4.5 Other Benefits
3.4.6 Coverage limits
3.4.7 In the event of traffic accidents
4. Pension System (Kokumin-nenkin)
4.1 Japanese public pension system
4.2 Lump-sum withdrawal for non-permanent foreign residents
5. Tax
5.1 Income tax
5.2 Withholding Tax System
5.3 Filing income tax returns
5.4 Residence tax
6. Optional insurance
7. Japan Postal Services

7.1 Size and weight
7.2 Letterpack
7.3 Prohibited items for posting
8. Parcel Delivery Service
8.1 Example: Yamato Transport Co., Ltd
8.2 Example: Yu-Pack
9. Housing
9.1 Example: Ninomiya-House, Takezono-House
9.2 Example: Daito Trust Construction Co. Ltd.
9.2.1 How to Rent Apartments
9.2.2 Furniture and electrical appliance options
10. Electricity, Gas, Water
10.1 Electricity (Example: Tokyo Electric Power Company)
10.1.1 Starting the service
10.1.2 Stopping the service when moving out
10.2 Gas (Example: Tokyo Gas)
10.2.1 Starting the service
10.2.2 Stopping the service when moving out
10.3 Starting and stopping the water supply (Example: Tsukuba-City)
11. Cars
11.1 Driving License
11.1.1 Driving a car in Japan
11.1.2 Driving permit expiration
12. Information on nuclear radiation
13. Other information

13.1 Trash separation and collection
13.2 One hundred yen shops

V. Leaving Japan
1. Necessary procedures

1.1 Local bureaucratic procedures
1.1.1 Notification of moving out
1.1.2 National Health Insurance
1.2 At children’s schools
1.3 At the airport immigration counter
1.4 At the tax office
1.5 At home
1.5.1 Apartment
1.5.2 Electricity, Gas, Water
1.6 Bank account
1.7 Other procedures
2. Lump-sum withdrawal of pensions
2.1 Procedure
2.2 When and how to claim
2.3 Necessary documents
2.4 Other points to note
3. Embarkation procedure
4. Customs Declaration

4.1 Common cases for declaration
4.2 Prohibited articles for export
4.3 Controlled articles for export
5. Moving out (Example: Yamato Transport Co., Ltd)
5.1 Procedure
5.2 Advanced preparations
5.3 Packing & Paperwork
5.4 Moving items out
5.5 Customs clearance
5.6 Delivery

(Reference) JISTEC
(Attachment 1)List of International schools
(Attachment 2)List of Baccalaureate authorized schools