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When flying within Japan, is the zairyu card enough? Do I need my passport too?

Domestic flights in Japan do not require ID of any kind, there are no (regular) ID checks at check-in or on the plane. However, Japanese law requires you to carry your zairyu card at all times, ...
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"Reverse" remittance - regularly moving money from Japan to Germany?

As stated by moomoochoo, Shinsei Bank is very handy for remittances overseas, so if you still have residence (for instance, you worked there and have permanent residency and have a valid address you ...
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"Reverse" remittance - regularly moving money from Japan to Germany?

I have a couple of suggestions: In the past, I had a simple savings account with Shinsei bank. When overseas I could withdraw the money from most ATMs using a simple debit card. This method was easy ...
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Is it possible to switch from tourist visa to other status while in Japan?

The procedure to change your status of residence while in Japan is described here (so the first thing to note is that there is such a procedure at all, so it is possible to at least apply to have your ...
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Forgot to notify Immigration Bureau of Japan about job transfer

In principle, you could face a fine of up to 200,000 yen (that's in the same category as, for example, not carrying your residence card when you go out); in practice I have never heard of anybody who ...
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Forgot to notify Immigration Bureau of Japan about job transfer

fkraiem has already provided a fantastic answer, I just want to add my personal experience. Yesterday I notified the Immigration Bureau of Japan via their e-system. They said on their site that ...
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Status of emotional abuse laws in Japan

Sorry, but unless this escalates into violence or sexual harassment, I'm afraid you likely have little to no legal recourse. "Power harassment" (パワハラ) and authoritarian bosses like yours are endemic ...
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US Citizen Working as an Independent Contractor Abroad -- Payroll Taxes?

Tax treaty doesn't generally cover FICA, only income taxes. Self-employed US citizen will pay payroll taxes (Schedule SE on your tax return) regardless of residency unless a totalization agreement ...
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What is the name order on ID such as passports?

I also live in Japan. I can't answer about "all" international IDs, but in Japan it's normally surname then first name. Since I have two first names a middle name and a surname, that's four names in ...
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Withdrawing money to buy a car in Japan

I am a happy user of Transferwise. I use it to transfer CHF and GBP to EUR, but they do USD to JPY too. It is not entirely fee-free, but they use the mid-market rate for foriegn exchange, and then ...
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Tax refund after an internship in Japan

There are five different types of taxes generally taken from paychecks by employers in Japan: Income tax (所得税) Residence tax (住民税) Pension (厚生年金) Health Insurance (健康保険) Unemployment Insurance (雇用保険) ...
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Frequency of short stays in Japan

For Japan (And many countries): It depends. Lots of people do it, but technically your visa is for tourist purposes, and you're meant to be doing that, not working. If you're working during your stay,...
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When flying within Japan, is the zairyu card enough? Do I need my passport too?

The card is sufficient. I've flown intra-Japan many times, and never brought along my passport.
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As a UK citizen am I entitled to Paternity leave for a child born in Japan?

Generally speaking where your child is born doesn't seem to be a concern for the eligibility for Paternity Leave. You can also try to fill out the form SC3 for your employer to see if the place or ...
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"Reverse" remittance - regularly moving money from Japan to Germany?

I think TransferWise is the best service for sending money out of Japan recently. They have a modern web interface and the rates are very reasonable. I've used them myself to send money to the UK and ...
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Changing the photo on Japanese residence card (zairyu)

I don't think you can change just your picture, but according to this link, you can change your non-expired residence card anytime you wish, even if it is not lost or damaged. You will have to pay a 1,...
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Is the arrival date I entered on my Japan visa application form flexible?

When you get your visa in your passport it will look like this: You'll note "Date of issue" and "Date of expiry" in the upper right-hand corner. You must enter Japan between these dates. Once you ...
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"Reverse" remittance - regularly moving money from Japan to Germany?

You should look into Bitcoin. Buy Bitcoin on an exchange like Kraken in Japan, and sell it in Germany. It should easily beat the often 10+% fees for remittances from Japan. Checkout reddit.com/r/...
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"Reverse" remittance - regularly moving money from Japan to Germany?

For what it's worth, here's my current approach documented for posterity. I'm using Money Partners to do the actual currency exchange, which gives me a pretty good rate which I'm in full control of (...
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Visa run from Korea to Japan

In theory, yes, it's possible. In practice, not necessarily: While any Korean Embassy or Consulate General overseas should issue a visa to any applicant that meet the application criteria, that ...
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Should I resubmit a notification to the Immigration Bureau of Japan?

Your questions are covered in their e-Notification System manual, which can be found here. Q71: Is it possible to view notification (contents of notification) submitted using the "e-Notification ...
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Do I need to pay custom charges for moving my personal stuff from Europe to Japan?

You should not have to pay customs charges for your personal effects that you are sending to Japan. While MBE should provide you with the regulations and documents, this fact sheet from Atlas ...
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American English teacher getting health coverage in Japan

This question seems to be based on several misconceptions. While my understanding is that Japanese nationals are able to easily secure good health insurance and afford the medicine/treatment for ...
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Living in Japan for 25 years, how can I change the address on my old paper license?

Have you avoided driving in Japan for 25 years? :-) Technically you are not allowed to update your GB licence unless you are a resident of Great Britain. I think the licence exchange program is ...
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What is the name order on ID such as passports?

For passports which are ICAO compliant - this question can be answered by referring to the ePassport Standard - ICAO 9303. Specifically you'll need to refer to "Convention for Writing the Name of the ...
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Withdrawing money to buy a car in Japan

Getting the money into Japan to buy a car was a very stressful experience with comparing prices and finding a method I felt comfortable entrusting a large sum of money with. The method I came up with ...
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Japan Dependent visa

Generally speaking, a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) is a document that must be obtained from the immigration authorities in Japan as a prerequisite for obtaining most types of long-term Japan visas ...
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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?

According to item 2-vi in the following link about Revocation of Status of Residence, your residence status is not automatically revoked at the 90 days mark. http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/...
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Japanese taxes for American living in Japan, working for American company?

First, I am not a tax expert or legal professional. I am an individual American citizen living in Japan. It seems like the situation may be as the tax office describes it, but you would be expected to ...
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Japan Name - Marriage with a dual citizen

I am an American man who married a Japanese woman. We got married here in Japan and each kept our own last names. The kids have mine on their US passports and hers on their Japanese passports. It ...
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