As a foreigner in Japan, dealing with governmental bureaucracy takes a few more steps than you might be used to. Finding information about starting (or relocating) a family and/or business here, or what is needed to navigate the legal system, can be a real challenge. There’s the expected nuance that everything will be written and conducted in Japanese, but also there are things that are very different from the systems we understand; for example, a potential workplace complaint.
Maybe you have a business, and you want to know how to hire other immigrants. What used to involve hours of internet research, phone tag with bureaucrats, and wearing the heels out of your shoes searching for the information in various agencies is, at least in Tokyo, more manageable now that the Tokyo Foreign Residents Support Center has opened in Yotsuya.
Located across the street from Yotsuya station in the literal center of Tokyo, the center combines many different departments of the national government under one roof for convenience and resource sharing:
Tokyo Foreign Resident’s Support Center
Information on the new center can be found here in English (PDF link).
Image via MOJ website – http://www.moj.go.jp/nyuukokukanri/kouhou/fresc01
Image via Tokyo Foreign Resident’s Support Center website