As response to the economic hardship brought by the corona virus pandemic, the Japanese government has announced that they will be handing out 100,000 yen to residents in Japan for financial support.
Each person listed on Japan’s Basic Resident Register as of April 27, 2020 will receiver this 100,000 financial benefit. If you had register as a resident and have a visa of more than three months. Congratulation you are eligible!
The application form will be sent by a municipal office to the head of each household. One got it, you only have 3 months to submit it. So if you receive it on May, you only have until August.
As a foreigner in Japan, learning japanese is very important. Not only it gives you an advantage to someone who doesn’t speak Japanese, but it’s also a way for you to pay respect to their culture.
You see, learning a new language especially when you are a foreigner to a country means you are showing your appreciation to them as a nation, their people. By learning and understanding their language, you immerse yourself in their world and you also get a glimpse of how they communicate with one another. Plus, native japanese speakers will appreciate you practicing their language since it entails that you are interested to learn more about them: their ideas, how they think, and most importantly how they convey their viewpoint to others.
Health is an important aspect of one’s wellbeing. A good health means a person can perform optimally on a given task, be it at work, school, or sports. Getting sick however, is a reality that we all go through at least some few times in our lifetime. That’s why an access to proper medical facilities is tantamount to you getting the adequate healthcare you need so you can recover fast.
Being sick in your own country is a totally different experience compared to being sick in a foreign one. There are so many factors that can affect your overall experience, especially with how you’ll navigate your way through that country’s healthcare system. Add to that problem are the issues you’ll encounter such as unfamiliar customs and language barrier. If you happen to live in a foreign country, particularly Japan, then you are in the right place. I’m going to share with you some tips and tricks on how you can ease your way through in finding a good doctor in Japan.
Japanese healthcare system overview for a foreigner
It is mandatory in Japan to get yourself enrolled in the Japanese healthcare insurance system particularly when you’ve been residing here for longer than 3 months. Even if you are already covered by your insurance company in your country of origin, you still have to get yourself enrolled in their healthcare insurance system.
If you have a full time job, most likely, your employer will process your health insurance in which part of your salary will be deducted in order to pay for it. Consequently, if you are self-employed or not working you’ll be required to get yourself enrolled in Japan’s National Health Insurance. You can process the application at any local city hall near you.
Once you successfully get yourself registered in their healthcare insurance system, when you visit a doctor you’ll pay more or less 30 percent of the actual amount. Concurrently, the govt will shoulder the remaining 70 percent of the remaining balance. And don’t forget to always bring yourself with you your health insurance card since they’ll ask you to present it if you are visiting for an appointment.
How to set an appointment with a doctor
Once you find a nearest health care facility/ Clinic/ Hospital, call them and set for an appointment. Usually, clinics in Japan don’t accept walk in patients.
Be on time on your schedule, otherwise they will give your slot to the next patient.
Register at the information; fill out the forms for clinic records. Show your medical insurance card.
Ask for a bilingual doctor if you can’t understand Japanese.
Wait for your number to be called. Then the waiting game begins (approximately 30min-1hr of waiting before your name gets called).
Once your name is called to see the doctor, be meticulous in detailing your condition as much as you can.
When you’re done talking with your doctor, they’ll prescribe a medicine and will ask you to go back to information desk.
Pay your medical consultation fee and get the medicine slip. You can also ask for a medical certificate if you need one. And that’s it, you’re done with your appointment.
Getting a mobile phone service has got to be one of the most important task one has to go through in order to be connected with virtually anyone and anything around the world. By doing so, it allows you to have access with vast information via the internet, or even play games using your smartphone when you are bored, or get yourself to learn new skill through different phone applications. All these are possible when you are connected through a mobile phone carrier.
There are three major carriers in Japan namely: NTT Docomo, AU and SoftBank. Applying for these mobile carriers is so easy and simple steps
1.You will only need your residence card
2. Your bank account (Credit Card or Debit Card)
Once you get to their respective offices, just present the aforementioned documents. Afterwards, they’ll hand you a form that you have to fill-in. When they are done reviewing your documents, you’ll be given options on what services you want to be enrolled to (the services may depend on which carrier you’ll choose). As soon as you have chosen the mobile plan that works for you, you’re now good to go and can now start using their mobile phone service.
If you are looking for reliable remittance company that you could send your hard earned Japanese Yen to the Philippines. Then you come to the right place. This will be a guide especially for beginners who just recently came to Japan and looking for ways to send their money back home.
If you are flying overseas to Tokyo. Most likely you will end up in Narita Airport. Metro Tokyo has two main international airports: Narita which is the far from the city, located 70km from Tokyo Station. While the other one Haneda Airport is only 20km away. Narita Airport accounts for more than half of the international flight traffic.
As summer begins to start, multiple festivals start to emerge in Japan. Summer wouldn’t be complete without the grand and colorful festivals in the land of the rising sun, otherwise known as Matsuri. In northern part of Japan particularly in the region called Tohoku, three major festivals are amongst the most well-known and popular that attracts many spectators across the country and even from foreigners. These festivals are “Aomori Nebuta Festival”, “Akita Kanto Festival”, and “Sendai Tanabata Festival.”
If you are a foreigner planning to make a move or just got landed in Japan for work. Well, great this could helpful guide for you to understand taxes (Zeikin). The Japanese tax system is composed of national and local taxes.
Tokyo is an expensive city. In fact, it has a reputation as one of the most expensive cities in the world. Everywhere you go you will inevitably going to spend some money. But don’t worry, there are proven ways to enjoy the Tokyo metropolis without costing you a single yen. Here are 10 things that you can do in Tokyo for free.
1. Experience walking on world famous Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya Crossing at Night
Shibuya is famous for its scramble crossing and is the busiest intersection in Japan (and probably in the world). Everywhere you turn your gaze around you’ll see sea of people crossing the iconic intersection. The intersection is also a popular location for movies and media taking place in Tokyo.
Next to to getting your residence card and registering your address, opening a bank account should be your next priority during your first week in Japan. Why? because you need it for your first paycheck, opening a mobile line if you don’t bring your credit card from your home country and also to stash your Yens in Japan.
Now the next question, what is the recommended bank for foreigners? I asked the opinion of our HR and colleagues and all of them point me to Shinsei Bank.