Moving from USA to Japan
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About Moving from USA to Japan
Like any international move, Moving from USA to Japan requires a little preparation. A move to a new location can be a daunting experience. So it’s always useful to have a little information about your destination upfront.
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- The movers have years of experience with Moving from USA to Japan.
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- They have contacts in Japan which can make your removal cheaper.
Moving from USA to Japan
The word Japan translated literally means “Land of the rising Sun”. It’s represented by the red circle on the Japanese flag. Japan is an archipelago of 6852 islands. Japan has the world’s 10th largest population with over 127 million people. It has the world’s third largest economy. Much of that due to the fact that it is the second largest car maker and electronics producer in the world.
The climate in Japan is moderate but some parts of Japan experience very cold winters. Since its longitude spans six climate zones, the weather patterns vary across the country. Hokkaido and other parts closer to the Sea of Japan experience cold winters with heavy amounts of snow, whilst the opposite region on the western side facing the Pacific Ocean experiences a lot less snowfall in winter but they have hotter humid summers.
If you are going to be a temporary resident planning on taking a job offer or transfer in Japan, most likely your company has arranged a temporary residence for you but you still will need to know a few things about the Japanese culture and how to survive the cultural change. The Japanese are considered an overly polite culture and you should consider doing the same while you are in Japan. Blending in requires learning a little bit about Japan and its culture, speaking the language and respecting some of the rules. If you are able to learn quickly and go with the flow, people will appreciate your efforts and respond to you in a positive way. No one expects you to speak a good level of Japanese but putting some effort in shows respect to the people around you.
Jobs in Japan
If you are moving to Japan here is a guide on Japanese jobs, getting around, and getting set up. If you need to find a job in Japan it can be a little difficult. Jobs in Japan usually require a university degree and knowledge of the language. One of the easiest ways to find work is to teach English in Japan. Teaching English in Japan is the best way to get employment quickly. You could also find a position that is open for a person that is English speaking who can help them with their international business, and are seeking your English language skills.
Working in Japan will take some getting used to. It may not be what you are use to depending on where you work. Always keep in mind the Japanese are a society where showing respect within a working hierarchy is important. When you offer your services or speak to people about your skills try to be a little humble. It is important to not over promote one’s self and it is good to show humility when looking or speaking about work.
Living in Japan
Life in Japan is a pretty safe and, literally speaking. Japan has one of the lowest crime rates anywhere in the world. If you plan on getting around by public transportation, Japan has one of the best public transport systems available. As always when travelling on public transport, you should make sure that you keep your personal belongings safe and secure.
Housing in Japan is typically an apartment due to the limited space available. Most people think the cost of living in Japan is extremely high and unfortunately it is. Living in Tokyo can be comparable to New York, Hong Kong or Los Angeles. Living in Tokyo is indeed expensive but you benefit from a short commute to work and you have easy access to dining, extensive shopping and entertainment. Renting an apartment in Japan can be an expensive endeavor. To find a place to live you need to go through an agent to rent an apartment and they do charge quite a bit. Be prepared to have around $5,000 USD available to cover your first month’s rental fees and utility fees and connections. An average studio one bedroom apartment in Tokyo can run you around $2,500 USD a month on the low end. To escape the high rates, it is best to live in the suburbs of major cities as this can really reduce your monthly cost considerably. An average studio apartment in the suburbs will run you around $1,600 USD. If you are traveling from the US there is more information on Japan available by visiting the Department of State’s Website about Japan.
Visa for your Moving from USA to Japan
It is relatively straight forward to get a residence visa for Japan if you are married to a Japanese national. Outside of that, Japan only offers limited term residence permits under limited conditions. You need to qualify for ‘eligibility’ before you can apply for a Japanese residence permit. Permanent residences are mostly reserved for very wealthy or celebrity status individuals. For those going to work for a short term stay in Japan and have a job offer, they can find the whole process much easier.
If you plan on going to Japan long term without a job offer, it may extremely difficult to nearly impossible if you do not have a university degree. You must have a university degree or 10 years working experience in one occupation. Education in Japan is extremely important and Japan does have a friendly exchange program for students. If you are a student, there are different visas you can apply for and work and study programs available. Work study programs are quite popular for students and this is one of the easiest visas to get.
All documentation you need to work and live in Japan must be done prior to your arrival and can be arranged with the Japanese Embassy in your local area and arranged prior to your move to Japan. If you stay longer than 90 days in Japan you are required to carry the Foreigner Registration Card (Gaikokujin Torokusho) you will receive this from the Japanese Embassy before you leave.
Visas have classifications by job occupation and reason for your stay such as study, family or cultural activity, etc. The first thing you need to do is to get a certificate of eligibility before you apply for a ‘residence permit’ at a Japanese Embassy in your area. One of the important things to keep in mind is that Japan has strict rules about your permit status. For example if you apply for a visa to work as an IT engineer in Japan then get an job offer or promotion to senior management and perform a different function for the company, then you are changing your visa “status.”
If you change your working status at any time during your stay, you must immediately inform the Japanese immigration services and get new permission. They keep tight rules and regulations that must be followed or you will lose your permit. To find out more information about Japan and the rules and guidelines for resident visas you can contact the Immigration Bureau of Japan.
Documents you will need:
- Application for certificate of eligibility
- Application for change of status of residence
- Application for extension of period of stay
- Application for permission to acquire status of residence
- Application for permanent residence
- Application for re-entry permit
- Application for recognition of refugee status
- Application for refugee travel document
- Application for permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted
- Application for certificate of authorized employment
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