Living in a foreign culture where you are not familiar with the language will involve a lot of inconveniences and difficulties. This so-called "language barrier" may seem especially high when you need medical attention for your illness or injury. MIC Kanagawa's founding mission and goal is to "create a society where everyone can enjoy full access to medical services, regardless of their race, nationality or cultural background."
New Comers Corner
The whole legal system process is very cumbersome. So, first important thing is to live a life within the boundaries of the legal system.
Every country possesses its missions and offices in overseas to support the lives of its citizens living in the respective countries, and to support the bilateral relations and trade between the countries.
Before you start using Gas, Electricity and Water, you need to register Gas, Electricity and Water under your name / new address
We have listed the address and phone number of each ward office below. For registrations and applications please visit the municipal office in your area of residence.
Guide to Choosing an Internet Service Provider in Tokyo - Getting your internet connection in Japan - Guide And Price Comparison
The Internet is an indispensable part of our lives. If you're planning to stay connected online in Tokyo or somewhere else in Japan, getting a plan with an Internet provider is one of the first things you should do. However, many people may put off signing contracts due to complicated procedures and language barriers.
The rules for riding bicycle are getting stricter and a small fault may end up in injury, penalties and so on. So lets follow the rules for the safety of all. Its also important to make others follow the rules. Here is a 6 pager booklet distributed by the police. See the gist in English under the image of each page. Unfortunately the official English translation is not available. I am giving a simple translation.
If you are residing in Japan for longer than three months, it is mandatory to be enrolled in the Japanese health insurance system even if you have travel insurance or are covered by your insurance back home.
You may search for an appropriate medical facility over the phone or on the Internet based on the location, areas of specialties, and available languages. You may also want to ask your neighborhood friends to see if they can recommend any local clinics.
Unfortunately, there are only a few banks that offer support in English. For example, the application documents may only be in Japanese, or the smartphone application to manage your bank account may also be available only in Japanese. Some banks will not allow you to open an account if you do not speak Japanese. Language support is an important point to consider when choosing a bank.