Moving to Japan

Moving to Japan

Basic information Japan

If you are moving to Japan, it might be useful to know the basic information about the country, which can be found below:

  • Population: 126,434,964 of per 2014
  • Capital City: Tokyo
  • Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
    • Emperor: Akihito
    • Prime minister: Shinzō Abe
  • Main language: Japanese
  • Major religion: Buddhism
  • Monetary unit: Japanese Yen (JPY)
  • International dialing code: +81

Are you moving to Japan? Start by checking out the information below, and filling in the form in order to receive the best  removal quotes.


School in Japan is compulsory for children in elementary and secondary levels. From the age of 6 years 7 years old till 14 years – 15 years old, school is compulsory.  The education system can be divided into the following:

  • Early childhood education (from 3 to 6 years old)
  • Primary school (from 6 to 12 years old)
  • Lower secondary school (from the age of 12 years to 15 )
  • Senior secondary school (from the age of 15 years to 18 )
  • University

Japanese Children are expected to have some knowledge about the Japanese history and economy at a young age.  Public and private schools are available in Japan. However private schools are also very popular. And the education is of a high quality in Japan.



The unemployment rate in Japan was 3.5% in January 2015. If you are moving to Japan and want to work there, that knowing the Japanese language is a huge plus. Many expats work in Japan as language instructors.  However it is quite easy to obtain a job in Japan for expats.  The work environment might be very different from where you come from. Working in Asia is a very big difference than working in one of the western countries. People in Asia tend to work harder and longer for the same salary that you will get in the western countries.

If you are moving to Japan and want to work there, you will need a work permit to do so. However obtaining a work permit or visa from Japan might be a tricky process. You must have a job offer if you want to obtain one in Japan. It will also depend on your profession whether you will be granted this or not.  The following documents will be required:

  • Application form
  • Contract with your employer
  • Company’s certificate of registry (Tokibo Tohon)
  • Company’s most recent financial statements
  • Company’s withholding tax report
  • Description of the company’s activities
  • Your CV/resume
  • Certificates of degree, certified transcripts, certificates of diploma, training, awards or qualifications
  • Documents to prove your previous working experience

Bank accounts

Opening a bank account is possible for expats if they hold a residence card of Japan. If you have a Japanese residence card, it will be easier to open a bank account in Japan.  The following documents will be needed to open a bank account in Japan:

  • Passport with valid visa
  • Resident card/Alien registration card
  • Personal seal (inkan/hanko) (You might not need to keep to this requirement, depending on the bank)
  • Proof of residence
  • Driver’s license (if possible)

However, keep in mind that some staff in some banks do not speak English, and therefore you must look around to see if you can find the right bank.


Moving to Japan


Depending on which country you come from, it is needed to have a visa if you want to enter Japan.  Japan has over 20 different types of visas. However if you are moving to Japan and want to stay longer, you will need to obtain a residence card. If you have a residence card, that you must always bring this with you when you go outside.

Depending on the type of visa, different types of documents are required.

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Cost of living

The cost of living in Japan is very expensive compared to other Asian countries or western countries.  However it might even surprise you that it might be inexpensive to live in rural areas.  However, of course living in the city is much more expensive than in rural areas. If you are moving to Japan, you must know that accommodation costs will be your biggest expense.  Depending on your living style, living in Japan can be either very expensive or quite cheap. Owning a car in Japan is considered very expensive by residents. And most residents always take public transportation. However, still this is quite expensive.

Medical care

The medical care is of high quality in Japan. If you are a resident in Japan, it is compulsory to have 1 health insurance. Japan offers 2 main public health insurances: national and for employees.

You will only need to pay 30% of the medical costs (depending if the insurance covers the medical cost).

Private insurances are taken by those who are really sick because this insurance covers more medical costs.

Driving license

As said before, owning a car in Japan is considered very expensive.  It is possible to switch your driving license from your home country to a Japanese one, however this depends on which country you come from. However, this is only possible if you are a Japanese resident for longer than 4 months.  If you meet this requirement, then you will not have to take a theoretical examination and practical examination. However, it is recommended to know the Japanese language before you apply for a driving license. If you are moving to Japan and want to obtain a driving license, the following documents will be required:

  • Valid foreign driver’s license – and previous licenses (if possible)
  • Japanese translation of foreign license
  • Alien registration card (gaikokujin toroku shomeisho)
  • Certificate of Foreign Registration (kisai jiko shomeisho)
  • Passport –
  • Photo – one photo, 3 x 2.4 cm
  • Previous Japanese license (if possible)


The tax system is the same as in Japan as all other countries in the world, the more you earn the more tax you will need to pay.

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Moving to Japan


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  • Other services provided are insurance and help in the handling of documents

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