カテゴリー: Information for Daily Life

Legal Counseling for International Residents

Free, confidential, with interpreting!

Date & Time: Sunday 18th October 2020, 10am-3pm

Place: One-Stop Consultation Center for Foreign Residents of Gunma

Address: 1-1-1 Ote-machi, Maebashi (1st Floor of Showa Chosha Building, Gunma Prefectural Office)

Interpreting: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog

Information/Appointments: TEL 027-289-8275 (One Stop Consultation Center for Foreign Residents of Gunma)

 

 

 

 

FRESC Help Desk Multilingual Consultations

The FRESC Help Desk now has a telephone hotline dedicated to helping foreigners who are having problems in their daily life because of COVID-19. Information on welfare services, visas, and remaining in Japan is available in 14 languages.

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (closed on weekends and public holidays)

Languages: Japanese, English, Vietnamese, Chinese, etc. (14 languages in total)

Tel: 0120-76-2029 (free dial number)

More information: FRESC website 

 

MIG Medical Interpreters Gunma

Medical Interpreters Gunma (MIG) dispatches medical interpreters in response to requests from medical institutions, public health centers and individual patients.

From September 2020 to September 2021, the service is FREE for foreign residents, thanks to the generosity of funding provided by The Mitsubishi Foundation and the Central Community Chest of Japan. 

Interpretation fee: 4,000 yen for two hours (as a general rule)

(The patient pays 2,000 yen, and the remaining 2,000 yen is covered by the medical institution or MIG)  ※Totally free until September, 2021.

Contact: Make a request by phone or FAX one week in advance unless it is an emergency, in which case contact us anytime. 

Tel: 027-289-2440   (Office hours:  Monday-Friday  9:30-16:30)

Email: mig-office@iryotsu@gunma.org

More information: MIG website

 

 

https://www.iryotsu-gunma.org/foreign-language/

Consultations with Immigration Bureau at FRESC (Tokyo)

 

  • Have you been fired from your job because of Covid-19 and are worried about your visa being cancelled?
  • Are you worried about what will happen to your status of residence if you divorce your Japanese spouse?

 

These are the kinds of questions you can consult immigration staff at FRESC about for free, confidentially and with interpreting in various languages.

 

How to arrange a consultation: An appointment in advance is required. Call or email in Japanese or English to make one. TEL:03-5363-3025, Email: info-fresc@i.moj.go.jp

 

Consultation days/times: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm

 

Place: FRESC (Foreign Residents Support Center)

13th Floor Yotsuya Tower, 1-6-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

 

More information about FRESC: PDF pamphlet

 

Languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean,etc. (11 languages in total)

 

 

Where to go if you get sick on a Sunday or public holiday (Kyujitsu Toban-i)

‘Kyujitsu toban i’: are the medical clinics on duty on Sundays and public holidays. Surgery hours are 9am to 6pm. Be sure to take along your health insurance card.  ※Schedule changes monthly, please use a translation app to see the full list on the Takasaki City website.

 

In an emergency   FIRE/MEDICAL=dial 119    POLICE=dial 110  Both emergency numbers are able to handle calls from people speaking only English

City Night Clinic: (1F Takasaki Public Heath Center, Takamatsu-cho 5-28), Mon-Fri=7:30pm-10pm; Sat, Sun, pub. hol=7pm-10pm

 

TELL Tokyo English Life Line

Every day for 45 years TELL Lifeline has been providing important connections and support to people all across Japan. We save lives.TEL: 03-5774-0992

(9am – 11pm every day)https://telljp.com/lifeline/

 

Urgent Children’s Health Consultations

DIAL #8000 for urgent children’s health consultations at night and on holidays. Gunma Prefecture provides this telephone service for parents so they can receive advice from nurses and public health advisors about what to do in various urgent situations involving their child’s health at night and on weekends when regular clinics are not open.

For: Parents/guardians of children under 15 years

Available: Monday to Saturday=6pm to 8am the following day; Sunday, public holidays, end of year period=9am to 8pm the following day

How to call: Dial #8000 by pressing the hash key (#) followed by 8000 (not available from IP or pulse dial connections, these people must call from a mobile phone)

Please note:

・In a medical emergency, dial 119

・This service cannot diagnose or treat your child

・For information about hospitals that are on duty during holiday periods, call 027-325-0011.

 

International Medical Information Center

The AMDA International Medical Information Center provides information about hospitals with foreign language speaking staff, explanation of the Japanese medical system and telephone interpreting.

TEL: 03-5285-8088

Available: Everyday 9am-8pm

Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish, etc.

Coupons for Families Raising Children

 

As a measure to help families with children handle the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 situation, Takasaki will send out a booklet of coupons (1,000 yen x 50) for a total value of 50,000 yen to each household which has children up to 15 years of age. The coupons can be used at participating stores in Takasaki for goods or services.

 

Eligible Families: Are those who fulfill both of the criteria below

  1. Received the jido teate (child allowance) for a child between April and June 2020 (or for March if the child is a high school student from April)
  2. Have a child who was a registered resident of Takasaki on 31st May 2020

 

How to Receive: Eligible families will be sent the coupons by registered post at the end of July

 

Amount: 50,000 yen worth (1,000 yen x 50) per family, regardless of the number of children

 

Valid: Saturday 1st August 2020—Saturday 31st July 2021

 

Extension for Payment of City Bills

 

If you are having difficulties paying your city tax and other city bills due to COVID-19, there is a system in place offering various solutions. Please enquire at each division to take advantage.

 

Extension on payment deadline:

  • City Tax: Tax Payment Division (TEL: 027321-1226)
  • Water Bill: Water Board Payment Division (TEL: 321-1283)

 

Exemption/reduction/extension on payments:

  • National Pension Insurance: Insurance & Pension Division (TEL: 027-321-1238

 

Extension on reporting of earnings:

  • Municipal Tax: Citizens’ Tax Section (TEL: 027-1218)
  • Enterprise Tax: Tax System Section (027-321-1310)

 

 

Application Period Extended for Visa Renewal

 

Immigration is taking steps to reduce congestion at counters by extending the period for the lodgment of renewal/change applications. If your status of residence (visa) is up for renewal or change in June or July, the deadline will be extended by 3 months from the date of expiry as marked on your Zairyu Card. This excludes holders of “Designated Activities: Departure Preparation Period” statuses of residence. You will not be able to leave Japan and reenter by special reentry permit once the date of expiry on your Zairyu Card has passed.

Limit on Number of People in Building

You may be required to wait outside because of these limits on the number of people inside.

Job Matching Service for Foreigners

The immigration office is also offering a job matching service for foreigners with statuses of residence including Specified Skilled Worker, Engineer, Specialist in Humanities, International Services, etc., whose employment has been terminated due to COVID-19.

Contact: Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau Takasaki Branch. Takasaki-shi Takamatsu-cho 26-5.

TEL: 027-328-1154

 

Safety App for Visitors & Residents in Japan

 

“Safety Tips” is a push-enabled information alert app which informs in real time about earthquakes, tsunamis and other weather warnings in Japan. The app is available in 14 languages including English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. The app provides various functions useful for both foreign tourists and residents in Japan, such as an evacuation flowchart showing actions to be taken in the event of different emergency situations, communication cards for obtaining information from the people around you if you don’t speak Japanese, and website links that contain helpful information in the event of a disaster.

 

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One-Stop Consultation Center for Foreign Residents

 

Regular Consultations

Consultation is available in languages such as English, Vietnamese, Chinese, and others on a range of issues including visas, finding a job, medical care, welfare, childbirth, education, etc., and about COVID-19.

Hours: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

 

Consultation with Immigration Officers

Date & Time: 4th Tuesday of every month, 10:30am-3pm (next date is April 2020)

Consultants: Officers from Immigration Services Agency in Tokyo

Interpreting: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese.

No appointment is required, just show up!

 

Open weekends in April

Open: TBA on “Gunma Onestop Center in English” Facebook page

Hours: 10am-4pm

Interpreting: English available at all times, please check for other languages.

 

Place: One-Stop Center for Foreign Residents of Gunma 

Location: 1st Floor Showa Prefectural Bldg,

1-1-1 Ote-machi, Maebashi