Money Remittance from Japan to Philippines – Metro Remit

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.

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Late Night Bus from Narita Airport to Tokyo

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.

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Top 3 Great Summer Festivals in Tohoku

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.”

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10 Things to do in Tokyo for Free

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.

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How to Open a bank account in Japan for Foreigners

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.

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How to register your residence in Japan

So you got your residence card and finally settled your place in Japan. Wait, its not done yet, there’s one more thing you have to do. Visit your nearest ward office to register your address. If you happen to live in Tokyo, there are 23 wards in this big metropolis. So before you google the address of your nearest ward know what to bring.

What to bring?

  1. Japanese Residence Card
  2. Passport (just in case for verification)
  3. Some Yen for Residence Certificate

Its time to visit your Ward Office. Please be mindful that  Ward Offices are mostly open  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM from Monday – Friday and Closed on Weekends and Holidays.

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How to get your Japanese Residence Card

One of the most important thing you need to obtain once you landed in Japan is your Residence Card.

First,  what is Japanese Residence Card? According to Japanese Immigration site

A residence card shall be issued to a foreign national who has stayed in Japan for a mid- to long term as a result of having obtained permits relating to the status of residence, such as a new landing permit, a permit for a change of the status of residence, and a permit for the extension of the period of stay (a mid- to long term resident). Therefore, a residence card has the nature of a certificate with which the Minister of Justice proves that the relevant foreign national legally stays in Japan with the status of residence that permits him/her to stay in Japan for a mid- to long term, up to the permitted period of stay. At the same time, a residence card, which is issued upon obtaining permits relating to the status of residence other than a landing permit, also has the nature of being a written permit, acting as a formal permit in lieu of seals for various permits previously affixed on a passport.

A residence card contains the important part of the personal information held by the Minister of Justice, such as name, birth date, gender, nationality/region of origin, address, status of residence, period of stay, and whether or not he/she can work. If there is any change in these matters, the relevant person is obliged to notify the change. Therefore, the latest information shall always be reflected in a residence card. A residence card for a person aged 16 or over also contains a photograph of his/her face.

A conventional alien registration certificate held by a mid- to long term resident shall be deemed equivalent to a residence card for a certain period of time, in procedures for departure from Japan with a Special Re-entry Permit or for other various applications to be filed at immigration bureaus, as well as in procedures for notification of domicile, etc. to be carried out at municipal government offices.



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Scholarship:Young Leaders Program for Masters Student in Japan

Are you fascinated with the unique culture and want to study and live in Japan?

If YES, once again the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan is pleased to announced that the applications for the 2018 Young leaders program are now open.

Young Leaders Program is yearlong academic scholarship program that aims to prepare and empower young professionals from all over the world for future leadership roles in their respective fields.


YLP Grantees may choose to specialize in any of the following areas of study.

  1. Business Administration
  2. Law
  3. School of Government – Public Administration
  4. Local governance

The one year duration of this program shall commence around October 2018 and classes will be conducted primarily in English. A master’s degree will also be conferred to participants upon successful completion of the program.


Interested applicants must be

  • A Filipino citizen
  • A Bachelors degree holder with excellent academic records
  • Highly proficient in English
  • 35-40 years old and below ( depending on the filed of study)
  • Employed with at least 3-5 years of work experience

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