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Registrations in Japan

Resident Card

The resident card will be provided at the international airport upon your arrival. You must return the resident card when you go back to your country except for a short return.

Registration of Residency

All foreign nationals who receive legal residency in Japan must register their residence at their local municipal office. When leaving Japan permanently, you must return your resident card.

New researchers from foreign countries

Application deadline

Within 14 days of your arrival

Place to apply

Local municipal office

Necessary documents
  1. Resident registration form
  2. Personal seal
  3. Passport
  4. Residence card
Others

Please apply for National Health Insurance also.

Researchers who are returning to their countries

Application term

Before you leave

Place to apply

Local municipal office

Necessary documents
  1. Move-out registration form
  2. Personal seal
  3. Passport
  4. Residence card
Others

Please check the National Health Insurance payment status when submitting the Move out registration form.

Re-entry Permit System

Researchers who will be reentering Japan within 1 year of their departure to continue his/her research in Japan will not be required to apply for a re-entry permit.

Medical Care (Japanese National Health Insurance)

Register for National Health Insurance!

International students are obliged to register for National Health Insurance. If you buy the National Insurance, you can receive an immediate 70% reduction in medical costs.

How to register for the insurance

Go to the municipal office of the area where you live to apply for insurance. You will need your resident card. *Not free

Opening a Bank Account

Opening a bank account is necessary to receive remittances from home. Scholarships are also sent to your bank account in most cases. It is convenient to set up automatic payments for electricity, water and gas bills from your account so that you do not forget to pay them. To open a bank account, a resident card and a personal seal must be prepared. (Your signature will be OK with some banks. Please check with your bank for the details.) If you do not have a personal seal, you can make one at an inkan / hanko shop. Decide on what katakana you wish to use for your name. Any inexpensive personal seal will do.