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Q: Can you give me any moving advice?
A: Completing your contract? Finishing your study course? Or just packing your bags and moving on to pastures new? Everyone does it sometime – but moving whilst in a foreign country always has its little surprises.
If you are planning to move in the near future, you are advised to start your preparations well in advance, whether you are staying in Japan or leaving the country.
Things To Do Before Moving Out
- Inform your landlord/landlady of your intention to quit your apartment. In general, you should do this at least four weeks in advance, but you should check your contract to make sure of how much notice is required.
- Find a removal company if you need one.
- Settle your accounts with your electricity, water and gas companies and ask them to turn off the supply on your date of departure.
- Cancel accounts or change your address with any other service providers (internet, satellite, newspapers, cell phone etc)
- Ask NTT – by calling 116 – to disconnect your phone and make arrangements for them to install a telephone in your new place of residence.
- Arrange to dispose of any bulky garbage.
- Arrange for your mail to be forwarded to your new address in Japan.
- Pay any outstanding Residential Tax at your local ward office or city hall.
If you are leaving the country:
- Appoint a tax representative to handle your tax affairs after you leave Japan
- Apply for a lump sum withdrawal payment for the national pension plan.
If you move to another city in Japan:
- Change your Resident Card details within 14 days by visiting your local city hall or ward office.
- Change the address on your driver’s license by going to your nearest police station.
- Change the address for your vehicle registration if you have a vehicle.
- Change address for any credit cards or insurance policies, and notify your bank of your new address.
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