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
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)
More information: MIG website
(In Takasaki, as of 27th May 2020)
*Residents of other cities should call their own city
or the national hotline number
||Contact (in Takasaki)
||All people registered as residents of Takasaki on 27th April 2020
||Special cash payment
|JPY100,000 per recipient
Applications were sent out in June 2020
|Takasaki Special Cash Payment Office 027-321-1249
or National Hotline
|Households with children 0 to 15 years (junior high school)
||Special benefit to households raising children
|JPY10,000 per child – No application necessary, was paid in June to eligible accounts of families receiving the child allowance (jido teate) in April 2020
||Children & Families Division
or National Hotline
|People who cannot pay rent and are at risk of losing housing
||Housing security benefit
|Pay a portion of your rent for you, directly to your landlord for 3 months (up to 9 months in eligible cases)
||Social Welfare Division
or National Hotline
||Emergency student support handout for continuing studies
|JPY100,000 to 200,000
||Student Administration Office
of your school
||People who can bearly make their ends meet
|Single-person households: JPY650,000 maximum
Households of two or more people: JPY800,000 maximum
|Takasaki City Council of Social Welfare (Shakai Fukushi Kyogikai) 027-370-8855
or National Hotline 0120-46-1999
Reduction or Exemption
|People who cannot pay insurance premiums, national/prefectural/
municipal taxes, or utility bills
|Reduction or extension of payment deadline for your taxes
||Reduction or extension of the national health insurance premiums (kokumin kenko hoken), long-term care insurance premiums (kaigo hoken), national pension premiums (kokumin nenkin)
||Insurance & Pension Division
|Extension of payment deadline for your taxes
||Extension of your national/prefectural/municipal taxes due
City Tax: 027-321-1226
|Extension of payment deadline for utility bills
||Extension of your electricity, gas, telephone, NHK, and other utility bills due
||Your power/water/gas utility company
|Period of stay is about to be expired; have a residential status pending
||Extension of your period
|Residential status application period is extended
||Takasaki Branch Office,
Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau
|Period of receiving application screening results is extended
|Cannot return to home country
||Change of your
|Residential status can be changed
Membership Dues: 2000 yen per year
Period: April 2018-March 2019
Priority sign up and discount for some events,
bi-monthly newsletter delivered to your door,
join 300 other like-minded members to support
international relations in Takasaki!
Contact the TIRS office for more information on how to join, and see the pamphlet below!
The Three Cherished Stelae of Ancient Kozuke
The series of ancient stone monuments known as The Stelae of Kozuke and consisting of the Yamanoue Stela (681 A.D.), Tago Stela (711), and Kanaizawa Stela (726) have been included in the Memory of the World Register. The three stelae are located in Takasaki but have been relatively unknown until now. The Yamanoue Stela in Yamana-machi is the oldest of 18 Japanese stone monuments still standing from ancient times, and is the oldest example of Chinese characters used to write in Japanese grammatical form. The Tago Stela in Ike, Yoshii-machi, was erected to announce the establishment of a new county under direction of the central government, and it is admired for its square calligraphy style that influenced calligraphers Asia-wide. The Kanaizawa Stela also in Yamana-machi, tells of the social status of women of the time and the spread of Buddhism throughout Japan. The historical, cultural, social and political importance of the stelae has been recognized through their inscription as UNESCO Memory of the World.
Visit: Use the free city bus from Yoshii Station for making the trip between the stelae. 8 buses depart daily, in 45-minute intervals.
The bus also stops at Yamana Station.