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Helpful Life Info - Daily Life

Updated: Mar 3

Helpful Life Info

Daily Life

Procedures for VISA, INDIVIDUAL NUMBER CARD / System of & Procedures for Japanese Education / Japanese Unique Manners / Disaster Prevention / How to Rent a Car / Information about Consulting Services When in Need of Support, etc.



Individual Number Card

The Japan Agency for Local Authority Information Systems

Overview of Individual Number Card / Guide for Applying and Receiving


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

How to Apply and Process VISA

What is an Authentication (of official seals) / Apostille?

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

How to Apply When Required by a Relevant Agency Outside of Japan to Submit or Obtain Japanese Official Documents for Various Procedures (: Marriage; Divorce; Birth Registration; Visa Application; Incorporation; Sale and Purchase of Real Estate).

The Hague Convention (The Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Overview and Procedures of the Hague Convention


< Consulting Services >

Japan Legal Support Center

Japan Legal Support Center ※JLSC(Houterasu)

Comprehensive Guide Designed by Government for Solving Legal Issues

Counseling Service and Hotlines in Foreign Languages

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Consulting Services for International Workers

Tokyo Labor Bureau Consultation and Support Office for Foreigners

Tokyo Labor Bureau

Consulting / Support Information for Employers of International Employees and International Workers about Labor Management, Occupational Safety & Health Management, and Working Conditions


< Education >

Guide for foreign students to start school

MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

Documents about Education System in Japan, Procedures for Entering School, Life of Elementary and Junior High School, and Educational Counseling


Website for Foreign Nationals as Residents to Learn Japanese Language

Agency for Cultural Affairs

Japanese Learning Platform for International Residents with Little Chance to Learn or Those Who Have Just Arrived and Are Learning for the First Time

Irodori: Japanese for Life in Japan

The Japan Foundation

Textbooks to acquire basic Japanese communication skills needed when people from abroad live and work in Japan


Japan National Tourism Organization

Information about the education system and schools in Japan

Overview of the Japanese Education System

National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education

Overview of the education system in Japan

Planning studies in Japan

The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

This site is a government-approved information site for studying in Japan operated by the Japan Student Services Organization in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


< Manners >

Differences between Shrine and Temple

Inbound Platform Corp.

Differences between Shrine and Temple and Visiting Manners

Describe Japanese Culture in English: Bad Chopsticks Manners

Bad Examples of Using Chopsticks

Riding a train in Japan - Tips, manners and trivia including endless announcements and women-only cars

Tidbits Japan

Information on manners, customs, and tips to take trains in Japan

Tattoos and Hot Springs (onsen) – tattoo-friendly hot springs in Japan and how to find them

Tidbits Japan

Article about onsen facilities in Japan: reasons why people with tattoos are not welcome and how to find tattoo-friendly places


Human Academy Co., Ltd.

A Website with articles, such as "Japanese greeting customs and origins," from which readers can learn about Japan in various genres, including culture, food, jobs, etc.


< Disaster Prevention >

Disaster Prevention Information

Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Action Manual for Disaster Prevention: Tokyo Version's Practical Information for Natural Disasters

Multilingual Information on Disaster Mitigation

Japan meteorological agency

Nationwide Forecast, Information about Alerts/Warnings for Heavy Rain, Typhoons, Earthquakes, etc.

Cabinet Office's Information Page about Disaster Prevention

Cabinet Office

Helpful Apps and Websites in the Event of Disaster(Plain Japanese and Multilingual QR code)

Disaster Prevention Portal

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)

Disaster Prevention Portal Site for Individuals to Practice “Disaster Management and Mitigation to Protect Lives and Livelihoods". Useful everyday knowledge regarding disasters


< Cars >

Guide for Procedures and Fees to Rent a Car


Nippon Rent-A-Car Service, Inc.

TOYOTA Rent a Car


JAF Driving in Japan

Japan Automobile Federation (JAF)

Information about what is needed to drive a car in Japan, traffic rules different from the ones overseas, and emergency steps when a car breaks down


Jorudan Co.,Ltd.

Traffic information platform that allows users to research routes in multiple languages

Users can compare routes by mass transit, car, bicycle, and walking.

JdL(Japan Drivers License)

ZIPLUS Co., Ltd.

Information for international residents in Japan about getting a driver's license


< Guide for Life & Jobs >

Living and Work Guidebook for Foreigners(Various language editions)

Immigration Services Agency of Japan

Information for International Residents to Live a Reliable and Safe Life

Tokyo Intercultural Portal Site

Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation "TSUNAGARI"

Information for international residents living in Tokyo, those who are engaged in supporting people from abroad, and people who are interested in multiculturalism


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