The land of the rising sun has long fascinated many people all around the globe. This great island nation combines traditional Asian history with many Western influences. With its fabulous cuisine, top-notch public transport, astonishing nature and wildlife, Japan has everything that many expats look for. Although there are many benefits of living in this wonderful country, there are lots of things that might need a little getting used to. Therefore we have compiled this handy relocation guide about moving to Japan and everything that comes with it. Join us when we explore all the details when it comes to living in Tokyo, or one of Japan’s other bustling cities.
When you are moving to Japan from the USA or any other country, there is a lot coming at you. A language that is completely incomprehensible to most foreigners which boasts not one but three alphabets, the 12-hour a day work mentality and an obsession with karaoke, these are just a few examples of how life is different in Japan. When getting ready for your new adventure, it is possible that you are a bit stressed. Moving to Japan is not a small step, it is a giant leap into another world. So, as with many things in life, it all boils down to the right preparation. With the article below you will be ready to start your new life in Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo or any other city in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Moving to Japan entails a lot of preparation. Besides the culture, language and the climate, there are many other things that you will have to figure out. But for now, let’s get started with some basic facts about Japan.
|Capital||Tokyo is the capital of Japan with almost 14 million inhabitants.|
|Timezone||In Japan, there is a one-time zone: UTC+9|
|Currency||Japanese Yen (¥)(JPY)|
|Population||Japan has a population of about 126 million people.|
|How do you call someone from Japan?||Japanese|
|Official language||There is no official language in Japan but the national language is Japanese.|
|International dialling code||+81|
|Emergency number||119 for emergencies and the fire department, 110 for police.|
|Driving||On the left side|
|Tipping||Not required, may even be refused.|
|Unusual fact||Japan in Japanese means: Land of the rising sun.|
When you are relocating from the USA to Japan, or from another country on our crowded planet, you want to settle down as soon as possible. And what makes you feel at home, more than your own belongings? With Eurosender arranging your international removals to Japan, you can be confident that your possessions will arrive safe and sound in the Land of the Rising Sun. With our immense network of logistics companies and our team of experts, we will find you the best and cheapest way to ship your furniture and other household items. Before you know it, Japan has become your home with all the comfort you had back stateside.
When you move to Japan there is an endless list of things that differ from your home country. We have listed several of the things that caught our eyes regarding living in Japan.
For people who want to go to Japan for merely visiting the country, a short term visa will be sufficient. These visas can be divided into two groups.
When you plan to stay a longer period of time in Japan, you will have to apply for a long term visa and a work permit. Again there are two variants.
Japan has long been reluctant to admit immigrants to its territory. However, with the ageing population, there has been a slight shift in policy. To keep the economy at full speed, Japan needs migrant workers. So, keep an eye on the Japanese visa regulations, they might ease up in the near future.
Japanese healthcare is recognized for being of very high quality. There are 3 types of public healthcare in Japan. They depend on the age and type of employment and in short, they can be divided like this. Also, they apply to all citizens and long-time residents.
Some other things that you will have to keep in mind when it comes to healthcare in Japan.
The biggest problem for expats is the language barrier when it comes to schooling. That is why public school is often not an option, as all education there is strictly in Japanese.
When your child is at the age of preschool, you can opt for a private kindergarten, where they usually teach in English. You can also opt for an English speaking nanny but to find one you will most likely have to ask for help from expats who have already been in Japan for quite some time.
As for further education, you can find out what the school and higher education system looks like in Japan, in the table below.
|Junior college||13-14 or 13-15||no|
In the bigger cities, and especially in and around Tokyo, you can find many international schools and other education facilities. When you live more in the Japanese countryside, you may have a hard time to find international education for your offspring.
As mentioned before, Japan’s ageing population is causing a decrease in the workforce. Some experts even expect that the population will decrease with 20 million citizens by the year 2050. This is the main reason that Japan has eased visa regulations and it is easier to get a work permit than it was before. However, finding employment in Japan is by no means an easy task. Most expats living in Japan were sent there by their employers. These could be diplomats, journalists or people who were transferred here because they are working for an international company.
So, when you also want to join them, here is some advice for you.
When you like spacious apartments with lots of unused space merely for decorative purposes, then Japan might not be for you. Living in Japan means that apartments are small and expensive. On the other hand, the Japanese know this and have adapted to it. They are masters in creating maximum comfort with a limited amount of square meters/feet. To help you get started, here are a few things to pay attention to.
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As we told you before, housing is expensive in Japan and will most likely take a big bite out of your salary. Add to that your medical insurance, cost of commuting, food and clothing expenses and it is very well possible that you burn through your budget in no time. That is why we have made a short list of things you can do to save money while residing in Japan. With the available budget, you can go out and travel, save up for retirement or buy yourself a new Japanese car.
You can drive in Japan when you have an International Driving Permit (IDP), for a period of maximum one year. After that, you will have to leave the country for three consecutive months before you can drive again with your IDP. You can obtain an IDP at your local driving authority in your home country, usually for about $20-25. Let’s check some other information which might come in handy when you are relocating to Japan.
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