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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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Getting a 婚姻要件具備証明書 (Certificate of Eligibility for Marriage)

So actually I do have experience with going to the US Embassy in Tokyo for this reason. I needed proof of being single to register with a local government's version of Pairs Engage. When I went I had ...
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I left money in my JP Bank account when I permanently departed Japan. What are my options for accessing it?

From personal experience, it is effectively impossible to access a Japanese bank account from overseas if you did not set up Internet banking or an internationally networked credit/debit card before ...
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How early can I enter Japan on a tourist visa?

No. If you need a visa to enter Japan, you cannot legally enter Japan before your visa starts.
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Japan work visa and tickets for 5 family members?

Talk to your employer. Have they gotten a certificate of eligibility for you yet? Here's what the Japanese Embassy in the UK states are required to apply for a work visa: Once a Certificate of ...
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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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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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I failed to notify ward office of fixed residence within 14 days. What will happen?

Hello everyone and thanks for your replies ! I went to the ward office right after and they just asked me why I didn't registered earlier within the 14 days. I just told that I simply was not aware ...
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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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How to stop paying social security in multiple countries (that have a totalization agreement, US and Japan)

As your question suggests, you should not have to pay social security tax in both countries, thanks to their totalization agreement. The US Social Security Administration (SSA) provides details on the ...
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How long can I stay in Japan after my work contract (status Professor) ended?

You can legally remain in Japan until your period of stay expires (that is, until 30 August) unless one of the following two things happens. The immigration authorities decide to revoke your status ...
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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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How much does public transit cost in Tokyo or in Komatsu?

According to https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Tokyo, in Tokyo a one way ticket is approx 200¥ and a monthly pass around 10,000¥. I couldn't find data for Komatsu.
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I'm an American with Japanese permanent residence living and working in Japan. I also want to do remote work with a US firm. What must I do re: taxes?

The taxes on your new job would be the same as the taxes on your existing income -- they will be taxed by both the US and Japan. They will be taxed by the US because you are a US citizen. They will be ...
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Living in Japan for 25 years, how can I change the address on my old paper license?

Well, it just goes to show that you shouldn't always rely on the 'calculated wisdom' of expats: Went down to the driving center and presented the necessary documents (including my old paper license, ...
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