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Questions regarding emigrating from, immigrating to and living in Japan.

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Is it cheaper to drive a bike < 400cc in Japan than using public transist?

Whilst I am applying for MEXT scholarship I also looking ways to have cheap transport in Japan. According to my MEXT application I will live either in Komatsu or in Tokyo under student visa. Therefore,...
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How much does public transit cost in Tokyo or in Komatsu?

I had applied for MEXT scholarship and I gradually plan my cost of living in case I got accepted. (Better safe rather than sorry.) And as part of my moving arround I will use public transit. The ...
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Health insurance - working in Japan, dependents live in Germany

I'm a dual citizen; USA & Dutch. I've worked in Luxembourg for the past 5 years. I was a cross-border commuter, living with my family in Germany (wife + 3 kids). I've recently accepted a job ...
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In Japan, what happens if we do nothing during apartment contract termination?

My apartment contract will terminate in one month. During the signing of the contract, I was told to inform the agent 1 month before my move-out date (I call it a 1-month rule). I am trying to move ...
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In the US and unsure if my Japan residence status is still valid. How should I re-enter Japan for a new job?

My Instructor residence status for Japan is valid until 2022. I left Japan two months ago to visit my country of citizenship, the US, with the intention of returning and starting a new job before 90 ...
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Is the arrival date I entered on my Japan visa application form flexible?

TL;DR: If I put "September 10" as my arrival date on my visa application form, will I have problems if I enter Japan on another day instead? I have been hired by an employer in Tokyo, but they have ...
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US Citizen Working as an Independent Contractor Abroad — Payroll Taxes?

I am a US citizen who has been a foreign resident for years. I have recently gotten a job as a consultant for a US company. I will be doing the work in Japan, but will be paid to a US account that I ...
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Change of status in visa Japan

I have work visa of Japan. I am going to marry in the month of April. It takes some time to get the marriage certificate, so my wife will come with me on tourist visa. Can we convert to dependent visa ...
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Changing the photo on Japanese residence card (zairyu)

I'm moving to Japan next month. I just learned that the photo I sent as part of the visa application will also be printed on my residence card. Is there any procedure for changing this photo, in case ...
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Working remotely for a foreign company while a student in Japan: dealing with Japanese taxes

I'm going to start graduate school in Japan soon, and there is a remote job that I might take, which I will bring to Japan. I understand that there's a debate about whether this constitutes work, but ...
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How to stop paying social security in multiple countries (that have a totalization agreement, US and Japan)

I'm working for a small US company remotely from Japan. The company doesn't have a branch in Japan or anything, so American social security tax is still being deducted from my paycheck (payroll is all ...
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Getting (motorcycle) driver's license as a foreigner in Japan?

I am Indian have International Driving Permit (IDP) which is valid only for one year (8 months remaining).I would like to know about procedure of getting a motorcycle license in JAPAN. I will live ...
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Japan Dependent visa

I currently work at Japan and want to apply dependent visa for wife. I went through the embassy website about visa requirements, but it is little confusing about the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) ...
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How long can I stay in Japan after my work contract (status Professor) ended?

I am currently residing in Japan with the visa status Professor. I know this status is tied to my employment at the university I am working for. This employment will terminate (temporary contract not ...
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Internship in Japan

I'm an Indian citizen and a final year student pursuing a bachelor degree. I plan to do a summer internship in Japan around May-July. My official graduation date is June, but I get my physical degree ...
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Non-native English speaker teaching English in Asia [closed]

Good morning (it's early in the UK...), I was wondering if anyone here had experience with teaching English abroad without being a native of an English speaking country? I'm Swedish with work-...
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How to deposit US social security in Japanese bank

How do I deposit US social security and pension directly to Japanese bank without an American bank?
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Withdrawing money to buy a car in Japan

I'm an American living in Japan, and I'm looking to buy a car in Japan in the next couple months. I have a Chase bank account with a debit card and a Sapphire credit card. Unfortunately, I don't ...
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Living in Japan for 25 years, how can I change the address on my old paper license?

I need the new UK ID card license to apply for a Japanese license here in Tokyo. My old paper license is still valid. In going through the process via GVT-UK online, I was met with the problem that my ...
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dependent visa for japan

I am 24 years old, and my father, mother and sister are in japan they are from last 2 years. So I also want to join them. Is there any possibilities to get dependent visa via my mother ??
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When flying within Japan, is the zairyu card enough? Do I need my passport too?

Long-time foreigners in Japan walk around with their small zairyu card ("gaijin card") rather than having to carry their bulky passport. But when taking the plane within Japan (for instance Sapporo-...
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What is the name order on ID such as passports?

I live in Japan. I have an alien card and Australian passport lists surname first then given names. Assuming you have two names at least listed, do all internationally acceptable ID list surname then ...
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“Reverse” remittance - regularly moving money from Japan to Germany?

I am in the weird situation of being kind of a reverse expat. I used to work in Japan for quite a while, but have moved back to my home country of Germany. I continue to work for Japanese clients ...
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What restrictions do I have with regards to working in Japan?

I have a 5-year Japanese working visa (engineer) and I'm currently working for a Japanese company. I'd like to know what restrictions there are on what work I can do here, but I can't find any sources ...
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Moving to Japan from the US with a visa: How do I prepare for the immigration officer?

I'm asking this question largely as a safety net, in case there's something I'm not seeing that's going under the radar. I got a job recently in Japan, and I received a visa to be able to work there. ...
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Japan 2-year income tax exemption for teachers/researchers for US national but non-resident

The tax treaty between Japan and US states that US nationals in research and teaching professions are exempt from paying income tax for their first two years working in Japan (and vice-versa). Article ...
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Japan work visa and tickets for 5 family members?

I've got a job offer from Japan, I'll be relocating with family, 2 adults, 3 kids. As a visa requirement, I have to mention entry and departure dates on the visa form. What do I put in the case of a ...
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Is it possible for a non-resident US citizen to get a new driver's license in the US?

I am a US citizen living in Japan. I never had a driver's license in the US prior to coming to Japan, and I do not currently hold a license from any country (including Japan, US, and anywhere else). I ...
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Temporary visa changes to spouse visa in Japan

I’m currently studying Japanese in Japan. My current visa is going to expire on 31st March. I will change my visa status from a student visa to a temporary visit visa, and I will get married with my ...
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Is it possible to switch from tourist visa to other status while in Japan?

I am looking for academic jobs and Japan came up as one potential possibility. I am in the USA now and my visa is tied to my work here, meaning that when my appointment is up, I need to leave. There ...
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What can I do about the Japan Immigration policy on long term residents not getting a passport stamp?

If you live in Japan as a mid- to long-term visa holder with the latest visa about granted 1 year or earlier, then you know that the Japanese Immigration Bureau no longer stamps your passport with a ...
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I failed to notify ward office of fixed residence within 14 days. What will happen?

I arrived in Japan on August 2 and now it's October 15. I'm on an Engineer visa (5 years) and I'm working in Japan. It's the first time I entered Japan for work. I failed to give notice to my local ...
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Tax refund after an internship in Japan

I am a Tunisian citizen studying in Germany. I don't need to pay taxes anywhere, except in the country I will work in probably. I don't plan to live in Japan as for now (maybe PhD next year, but ...
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Getting a long term visa in Japan as a foreign disabled person

Asking on the behalf of a French friend who can speak English and who's still learning Japanese with a private teacher. This person wants to live in Japan. She has already visited for vacation twice. ...
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How frequent are Scart-compatible CRT TVs in Japan?

I’m about to move to Japan from central Europe. I am a retro-console (speed) gamer and have fitted most of my consoles with the required Scart cables for them to output an RGB signal. For speed ...
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My passport will expired in less than 6 months, can I re-enter Japan?

My Japan resident card is good until 2021, but my passport will expire in less than 6 months. I need to go on a business trip outside of Japan very soon and may not have enough time to renew my ...
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American English teacher getting health coverage in Japan

There is someone in particular who is seriously considering moving to Japan as an English teacher, through either the J.E.T. program or a private company that has similar ESL positions. However this ...
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What options do I have to use my European desktop PC in Japan?

I’m going to be moving to Japan from Germany soon. The PC I use most is a desktop; its PSU is specified at 220–240 V input as is the European standard. Japan uses 100 V mains power as we all know. I ...
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Process for Japanese apartment, bank account and phone contract

I'm quite confused about what the process is regarding getting settled in Japan. Once someone gets a work visa sponsored by a company, how does one get an apartment if the apartment requires a phone ...
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Working holiday in Japan, which country I should buy my Insurance from?

I am a Canadian, I am going on a Working Holiday in Japan for 1 year, but I don't know should I buy a Travel Insurance in Canada? Or is better to buy the insurance in Japan?
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Forgot to notify Immigration Bureau of Japan about job transfer

Today I find out that I'm supposed to notify the Immigration Bureau of Japan within 14 days of my job transfer. I'm about 1 month late now, am I toasted?
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Do I need to pay custom charges for moving my personal stuff from Europe to Japan?

I am relocating from Europe (Italy) to Japan, and I will ship most of my personal belongings to my new residence in Japan (a guesthouse in a research institute). Most of the boxes are filled with ...
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Doing Remote Contract Work Residing In Japan?

I am a Canadian who develops video games that run on a USA based game website. I plan on moving to Japan for 2 years to study Japanese as a student! I'm trying to figure out if I am allowed to ...
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In Japan, is it possible to have a tourist visa converted to a work visa? [duplicate]

Let's say, while you're on vacation (within the 3-month limit for tourist stay), that you got a job offer from a Japanese company. Is it possible to have your tourist visa converted to a work visa ...
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Should I resubmit a notification to the Immigration Bureau of Japan?

A few months ago, I submitted a notification to the Immigration Bureau of Japan regarding my job transfer via their website. However, I think that I might have made a mistake when entering my new ...
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Status of emotional abuse laws in Japan

I am currently living in Japan as a student. I have been working with a program that has advisors that are great 95% of the time, but this advisor has the power to tell me at anytime that I have to ...
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Visa extension in Japan

I am holding an Engineer Visa in Japan that is expiring in June. I have changed my job since February and did not immediately notify immigration. After reading posts on this site, I sent notification ...
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Contract termination after applying for Extension of Period of Stay in Japan

My visa will expire at the start of next February, I applied for Extension of Period of Stay in Japan a few weeks ago and should be receiving my new visa in middle January. However, due to some ...
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Frequency of short stays in Japan

For a short stay in Japan (90 days or less) no visa is needed, only proof that the stay will be shorter than 90 days is required. During this time, work in Japan is not permitted, but what about ...
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Shopping Tax Refund for Working Holiday Visa in Tokyo?

I know that as a tourist, some department store will do tax refund for foreigners when you show them your passport. But this time I will be going as with a Working Holiday Visa, not visitor visa. ...