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daw0lverine
4/24/2019 06:43 EST

Hello everybody,

Thanks for creating this community, I have found some help already but sometimes the information is outdated, so please find a bunch of questions, any help would be greatly appreciated. I am planning to move to Tokyo, Minato-ku in August from Hong-Kong with my Japanese SO. We will both be out of work and we are moving on our own expense, so we are trying to find the most economical ways to make the move. We have found an apartment for when we arrive in Tokyo.

1/ Moving from Hong Kong : Anybody got recommendation for a good international mover ? I have contacted a few but they all seem pretty similar, wondering if one is better or cheaper than the other. Additionally we have a bunch of furniture and this is a good occasion to de-clutter. Does anybody know the best way to sell second-hand stuff in HK ?

2/ Electricity/Gas/Water : Anything we should be aware of when we start registering ? Pitfalls, hidden expenses etc... More generally is there a service that can help a Gaijin deal with all this ?

3/ Internet/TV : Cheapest service for 100mbps to 1gbp at the moment ? Happy to consider bundling with cable if necessary, looking for the cheapest options

4/ Phone : We are bringing our phones with us, they are unlocked. I understand the phone companies charge pretty exorbitant prices, is there an economical way to get family subscriptions for 2 people with unlimited data while not buying a handset at the same time ?

5/ Medical : I understand the security system is quite good in Japan but there is still 30% to pay upfront. I am used to affordable private medical insurance in HK and I would like to consider the same in Japan, is that recommended and if yes, what would be the choice ?

6/ Job Hunting : I am skilled and experienced in my field but I am considering a change of career potentially for fintech or an international tech company, what are the best ways to find a job that's not baito ?

7/ Handyman : Unfortunately, we are not very skilled in that department, what do people do to get a handyman to fix stuff around the house ?

8/ Transport : passmo ? suica ? what is the latest recommendation

9/ Car : We will probably purchase a car, any good resource to find one second-hand ?

10/ Admin : How is the Minato-ku ward administration like, are they helpful for gaijins ?

11/ Electricity : what is the recommendation for the electrical appliances such as refrigirator, tv etc.... can we buy cheap but powerful enough transformers ? Do they consume more electricity and will my bill go up ?

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I appreciate that this is a lot of questions, but thank you very much for anybody who will take the time to read them !

Hebo
9/30/2019 20:05 EST

Hello,
I will be leaving Japan in November 2019 and will be selling my car. It is a 2005 Suzuki WagonR, with 142,000 km. The color is black. Exterior and interior conditions are very, very good. The car performs excellently on highways in long trips and on narrow winding roads in the mountains. Shaken is valid until August 2021 (a long time). It got a new car battery in August 2019. Winter tires are included. It is an automatic car. I hope to sell for 200,000 yen but will discuss price with you. If interested, I can send you detailed pictures of the car and of its documentation.
Best regards.

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LeonardK
12/4/2020 12:48 EST

Japanese American here.

I've lived in Tokyo for about 10 years, moved back to the US, then came back to Tokyo again lol.

First of all, you will need a japanese bank account. Pretty much required in order to sign up for internet, phone, pay rent, etc. To open a bank account, you need proof of residence (a form you get at city hall that shows your name and address) along with a photo ID.

You mentioned your SO is Japanese so I assume at least she will have no issues opening a bank account.

With that said:

3.) Internet: Pretty much all 1gbps internet services are anywhere between 3,000yen - 5,000 yen a month, depending on whether you live in a house or apartment. One thing to look out for is that they may charge you a "construction fee" to activate the service, which can be up to 50,000jpy paid in installments. Many ISP's will waive these fees for new customers, but something to keep in mind. Another "hidden" fee may be that some ISP's require you to use their modem, and/or router, which requires a rental fee of up to 1,000jpy a month. Some ISP's like KDDI will lease out a modem+router 2in1 which is required to connect to their service. They will also charge you 500jpy a month to enable wifi....so on the long run I would NOT subscribe to that and get a cheap wireless router.

4.) Phone: If you have unlocked phones, you only need to activate phone lines at a carrier. Again, you will need a bank account to sign up. Your SO should have no issues signing up for 2 lines, assuming she has a clean credit history in Japan. "Unlimited data" pretty much doesnt exist in Japan, but the government issued an order to all major carriers in Japan to lower their prices, which will start to go in effect March 2021. Current prices are roughly 5,000jpy a month for 7-10gigs of data a month with a major carrier. You can go with cheaper sub-carriers like LINE Mobile but data speeds will be a lot slower.

7.) Handyman: There are repairmen/mechanics/electrician's for pretty much every category, and there's no "one-stop shopping". At least none that i know of.

8.) Suica and Pasmo are essentially the same thing and both are accepted anywhere in Japan. Its personal preference unless you will be getting a commuter pass.

11.) Electrical appliance: Not sure what your question here is, but electrical appliances are pretty much the same as anywhere else in the world. I recommend purchasing them at electronics stores such as Yodobashi Camera or Bic Camera as they do free shipping, have good service, and will usually do the delivery/installation for you.

Last but not least, it will be ideal if you know someone that speaks fluent Japanese, as most of these service providers only speak Japanese. What part of Minato-ku are you moving to? I used to work there so maybe i can help.

-L

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