Official Name: Japan
Capital City: Tokyo
Official Languages: Japanese
Religion: Shintoism and Buddhism
Currency: Yen (¥)
Time Zone: GMT + 9 hours
Country Domain: .jp
Country Tel Code: 81
With the majority of Japan's population living in urban areas, it is one of the most densely-populated countries in the world. The national standard of living is high and the literacy rate is about 99 percent. It has extensive social welfare systems that cover almost the entire population for education, health, retirement, unemployment, and disability.
Japan is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 14 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). Japan does not observe daylight saving time.
Politically, Japan is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government. The emperor is the head of state but has no real governing power. Executive power rests with the prime minister, usually the head of the leading party in parliament, and a cabinet he appoints.
Legislative power is held by the parliament, or Diet, with a 480-member House of Representatives and a 252-member House of Councilors. The prime minister and his cabinet are responsible to the Diet. The judicial branch is independent, and is based on Roman law.
The close alliance between the Japanese government and business has always been a great asset to the economy. The country has also benefited from a highly educated work force, a strong work ethic, and a cultural commitment to high technology.
A wide range of unfurnished apartments and houses is available in Tokyo. Most foreigners in Japan live in apartments. Furnished dwellings are more difficult to find.
In general, Japanese housing tends to have smaller rooms than foreigners are accustomed to. Kitchens are small, and closet space is limited. In houses or apartments without central heating, there is a table in the center of the room with electric coils on its underside that radiate heat; it is called a kotatsu.
International schools in Japan offer a full curriculum at all levels in Tokyo, Yokohama, Okinawa and Osaka/ Kobe; standards are high. Instruction is available in English, French, and German. Many schools are at capacity, and waiting lists are common. Apply for admission at least six months in advance or earlier if possible. Physical examinations may be required for admission.
Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for Japan and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.
Santa Fe Relocation Services Tokyo Office
Address: No. 2 AB Building, 6th Floor 1-17 Roppongi, 3-chome, Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
Contact Number: +(81-3) 3589 6666
Fax Number: Fax: +(81-3) 3589 0420
Manager: Tomomi Fujita
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