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JSPS Fellows Plaza Life in Japan


LIFE in JAPAN For Foreign Researchers
2022-2023 8.3MB


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© 2021 独立行政法人日本学術振興会

This book is designed to provide useful information for living in Japan to overseas researchers under JSPS International Fellowships for Research in Japan programs. It is normally sent to newly selected JSPS Fellows along with their Award Letter.
The guidebook is meant for the Fellow's personal use. Any other use, including redistribution, copy, reprinting or commercial use, is prohibited. Information contained in the book is current as of August 2021, and is subject to change. JSPS accepts no responsibility for any loss or inconvenience incurred as a result of using information in this book.
© 2021 JSPS. All rights reserved.

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[Chapter 1]  Procedures for Entry and Residence in Japan

1-1 Obtaining a Visa   PDF file : 1.89MB
1-2 Status of Residence
1-3 Residence card
1-3-1 Ports of Entry
1-3-2 Carry Your Residence Card at All Times
1-3-3 Social Security and Tax Number System
1-4 Residency Procedures
1-4-1 Temporary Leave of the Country and Re-entry Permit
1-4-2 Activities Other Than Those Authorized
1-4-3 Extension of Your Period of Stay
1-4-4 Change of Your Status of Residence
1-5 Procedures for Family Members
1-5-1 If a Child is Born in Japan
1-6 Immigration and Visa Consultations
1-6-1 Information Centers
1-6-2 One-Stop Consultation Support Centers
[Chapter 2]  Living Accommodations in Japan
2-1 Types of Housing
2-1-1 Housing for Foreign Researchers
2-1-2 Private Housing
2-2 Renting Private Housing
2-2-1 Average Rental Fee
2-2-2 Rent-related Costs
2-2-3 Rental Contract Procedures and Precautions
2-3 Rent and Other Fees
2-4 Electricity, Gas, and Water
2-5 Precautions Concerning Daily Living Customs
2-5-1 Ventilation
2-5-2 Interior Care
2-5-3 Garbage Disposal
2-5-4 Cohabitation, Noise and Other Matters
2-5-5 Pets
2-5-6 Moving Out of Your Rented House/Apartment

[Chapter 3]  Daily Life in Japan

3-1 Banks   PDF file : 2.12MB
3-1-1 Opening a Bank Account
3-1-2 Automatic Payment and ATM Cash Card
3-1-3 Cashless Payment
3-2 Mail
3-2-1 Post Offices
3-2-2 Overseas Courier Services
3-3 Telephone
3-3-1 Domestic Telephone Calls
3-3-2 International Telephone Calls
3-3-3 Cellular Phones and Smartphones
3-3-4 Public Telephones
3-3-5 Connecting to the Internet
3-4 Transportation
3-4-1 Japan Railway
3-4-2 Trains, Subways and Buses
3-4-3 Airlines
3-4-4 Taxis
3-4-5 Driver's Licenses
3-4-6 Rental Cars
3-4-7 Bicycles
3-5 Medical Care
3-5-1 Medical System in Japan
3-5-2 Pharmacies
3-5-3 Medical Care in Foreign Languages
3-5-4 Traveler's Insurance
3-5-5 National Health Insurance
3-5-6 Pregnancy and Childbirth
3-5-7 Immunizations
3-6 Cultural Facilities
3-6-1 Traditional Performing Arts
3-6-2 Museums
3-6-3 Libraries
3-7 Japanese Language Study
3-7-1 Selecting a Japanese Language School
3-7-2 Japanese Language Proficiency Test
3-8 Children's Education
3-8-1 Japanese School System
3-8-2 Enrollment Procedures
3-8-3 Child Allowance
3-8-4 Acceptance of Children from Overseas
3-8-5 International Schools
3-9 Information Provided by Local International Exchange Associations

[Chapter 4]  Other Useful Information

4-1 Emergency Contact Numbers   PDF file : 1.59MB
4-1-1 To report a Crime or Traffic Accident -Dial 110-
4-1-2 To Report a Fire or Request an Ambulance -Dial 119-
4-1-3 Counseling Service
4-1-4 Medical Terms for Describing Symptoms
4-2 Earthquakes
4-2-1 Preparing for an Earthquake
4-2-2 If an Earthquake Occurs and You Feel Your House Shaking
4-2-3 Tsunamis
4-2-4 Life Safety Learning Center
4-3 Typhoons
4-4 Floods and Landslide Disaster
4-4-1 Disaster Prevention Weather Information
4-4-2 Preparing for a Disaster
4-5 Weather
4-6 National Holidays and Other Important Dates
4-7 Traveling in Japan
4-8 Transportation between International Airports and Metropolitan Areas
4-8-1 Narita International Airport
4-8-2 Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) International Flights
4-8-3 Kansai International Airport
4-9 Various Mass Media: TV, Radio, Newspapers
4-10 Sizes of Clothes and Shoes

[Chapter 5]  Academic Information

5-1 Japan's Science and Technology Administration and Academic Research Institutes   PDF file : 624KB
5-1-1 Universities (Graduate Schools)
5-1-2 Inter-University Research Institute Corporations
5-1-3 Research Institutes under Jurisdiction of the MEXT and Others
5-2 Academic Societies
5-3 Academic Information System

[Chapter 6]  Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

6-1     Japan Society for the Promotion of Science   PDF file : 895KB
6-1-1 List of JSPS Programs
6-1-2 Map and Contact Information of JSPS Head Office
6-2 Services for JSPS Fellows
6-3 Researcher Community Network (Alumni Association)
6-4 JSPS Overseas Offices
6-5 JSPS's Overseas Counterpart Institutions


Japanese Government Structure   PDF file : 1.68MB
Organization of Japanese Research Administration
Government Offices, etc.
Inter-University Research Institute Corporations
Main Research Institutes, etc. (National Research Institutes, Incorporated Administrative Agencies)
Regional Immigration Bureaus and District Immigration Offices
Prefectural and City Governments' URLs and International Exchange Associations
Private Sector Foundations and Other Organizations Inviting Overseas Researchers Other Than the JSPS
Postal Fees
Weights & Measures
Traffic Signs and Public Signs
Regions and Prefectures of Japan/Railway and Airline Network
XⅢ World Heritage Sites in Japan
XⅣ Map Symbols for Foreign-Language Maps