info about various cities will be added in the future. For now only
Tokyo and Japan info is available. Please email me if you know of
something that needs to be added to this list. USEFUL
INFO should be the subject firstname.lastname@example.org
Narita Airport Website - flight arrivals and departures info in English
Anonymous & 12 Step Programs in Tokyo and Japan (in English).
Adult Children of Alcoholics ACA 044-833-2938
or 03-3434-5119 www.acatokyo.org
Alcoholics Anonymous - (03) 3971-1471 www.aatokyo.org
Al-Anon -(Help for friends & families
of alcoholics & drug addicts.) 070-6618-0057
or 088-6947141 www.al-anontokyo.org
Debtors Anonymous - email@example.com www.debtorsanonymous.org
Narcotics Anonymous - Phone: 090-1104-6772 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Overeaters Anonymous - (03) 5605-9425 Email:email@example.com www.oatokyo.org
Sexaholics Anonymous - firstname.lastname@example.org www.geocities.com/saintokyo
Protection - Been ripped off?
The Kanto Consumer Protection League (KCPL) is a non-profit
group working to ensure that buyers and customers are treated properly.
If you have been ripped off they may be able to help. email@example.com
Jim Breen's Japanese-English Dictionary (translate Japanese
words & kanji into English).
License - Japanese
Everything you need to know to get a Japanese driver's license!
Anyone staying in Japan for more than 12 months who wants to drive legally
must obtain a Japanese Drivers License.
Overdose & Poison Control Centers
Tokyo Fire Deptartment - (03) 3212-2323
Air Force Hospital, Yokota (0425) 52-2511, ext. 57740
Osaka Toxicity 0990-50-2499 or (06) 871-9999
English-Speaking Police - General consultations in English
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:15pm
Telephone (03) 3501-0110
Need Food? Food Bank Japan - (03)3838-3827
Makes food available to foreign students and people in need. Call to receive
a donation or volunteer.
Residents Advisory Center
MIFA - Meguro International Friendship Association
Holds cooking classes, language classes, festivals, Japanese
Speech competitions and many interesting events.
TELL - Tokyo English Life Line - (03)5774-0992
Daily 9:00AM - 11:00PM. Free telephone counselling.
HIV/AIDS - Japan HIV Center
Mon-Fri 9am-9pm Sat 12pm-3pm
English: (03)5259-0256 Japanese:(03)3292-9090 or (03)5259-0256
Information & Assistance
for Multicultural Information & Assistance
A group which supports foreigners living in Japan. Telephone counseling. Medical
assistance. Support to the foreign media. Support for migrant children. Language
exchange.Seminars and fieldwork .
HIROSHIMA Office: PHONE: 082-545-4700 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HYOGO Office: PHONE: 078-453-7440 Email:email@example.com
KYOTO Office: PHONE: 075-253-4807 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
OSAKA Office: PHONE: 06-4395-1377 Email:email@example.com
TOKYO Office: PHONE: 03-5825-1290 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE - Global Community Interaction
GCI interpreters are available for helping out in a variety
of occasions including, but not limited to, cross-cultural, educational
gatherings, and on a smaller scale, in renting apartments, and finding
clinics and hospitals that have adequate support for foreigners.
However, GCI will not send interpreters to occasions that require expert knowledge,
in fields such as business, law, or medicine. GCI only sends interpreters to
Rail - JR Information
online Japanese lessons. Excellent beginner level lessons
from NHK. Lessons are available in many languages (Arabic,Bengali,
English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Malay,
Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai,
Year Converter - 2004 is Heisei 16
Do you know what year you were born in? In the Japanese Calender? This converts
Gregorian calendar years to Japanese Emperor Era years (known as "nengo").
Counseling Center for Foreigners
Information in English & other languages
AMDA International Medical Information Center
Tokyo: (03) 5285-8088
Machida: (042) 799-3759
The AMDA International Medical Information Center provides telephone services
to foreign residents in Japan in several languages. They introduce medical facilities
with staff who speak the patient's language and explain can the health care system
You can cleanse your body naturally using an herbal fiber supplement for detoxification. Herbal fiber is a gentle yet highly effective way to help remove excess waste and toxins from the body.
Posting stuff in Japan
Post - Everything you need to know (in English) from prices to methods
of delivery to tracking your EMS items.
- The time in Japan and worldwide
Tokyo International Learning Community
Tokyo International Learning Community is the only school in Tokyo
that provides a full time educational programme to those children
from the foreign community with learning difficulties. This can include
a wide range of problems from cerebal palsy and autism to Down's
syndrome to Attention Deficit Disorder. These children cannot be included
in other main stream schools in Japan.
Ph: (+81) 422 31 9611
Fax: (+81) 422 31 9648.
(03) 3201-3331 www.jnto.go.jp
Union Law - General Information, Labour Standards Law and Paid
Holiday Rights can all be found by going to www.generalunion.org and
clicking on the button called "The Law".
in Japan(Tokyo, Osaka,
Kansai, Nagoya and Japan wide).
- The National Union of General Workers
Union of General Workers (NUGW) is a non-governmental organisation
with a large foreign national membership.
Phone: (03) 3434-1236
on link to find NUGW branches all over Japan.
- General Union
The General Union
is a legally registered Japanese labour union open to all
of life. The website has information in English,
French, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.
Osaka - Phone:(06)-6352-9619 Email: email@example.com
Nagoya - Phone:(052) 561-8555 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
British Council Union (Schools in this group are listed below).
English Masters, Doshisha Kori, JHS, SHS, ECC, ELI, HIU,
Gakuenmae Union (Franchise Language Center)
Phone:Tokyo:(03) 3434 0669 Osaka:(06) 6352 9619 Fukuoka:(092) 573 3094
Eigo-No-Jikan Union (a branch of NUGW Tokyo Nambu)
Union (Linguaphone, Matsushita)
Nichibei Eigo Gakuin Union
Nishinomiya Board of Education Union
Union for Staff and Teachers - 090-9821-9810 Osaka:(06)
Website:www.novaunion.com or www.generalunion.org/nova/
Email:email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools and Colleges Union - GU General Union
The GU Schools and Colleges branch is composed of teachers and other staff at
High schools, Universities, Junior Colleges and Vocational Schools. They organize
workers regardless of Nationality, or employments status.
Schools and Colleges branch is presently campaigning around three
1. For an end to the 3 or five year limits on renewals of one year contracts.
We had a major labour dispute in Higashi Osaka City against one such limit.
in winning an extension for the teachers involved but unfortunately could win
the withdrawal of the limit. More recently , with the formation of a General
Union branch in Nishinomiya City Board of Education we were able to negotiate
the end of a five year limit. Our members at Kwansei Gakuin are presently pushing
for an end to the 5 year limit on employment for ALEs. We believe that such
limits as well as threatening teachers' employment stability also have an adverse
on the quality of education provided.
Against the replacing of directly employed teachers by staff employed
dispatching companies or job agencies. This has become more common
since a recent change
in the law, which the General Union was active in campaigning against.
Pushing the Private Universities Association to enroll their employees
the unemployment insurance scheme. They are currently breaking the
law by refusing
to do this.
Life teachers support group. Japanese and English staff.
Users Guide to Japan
in Japan - updated hourly!
Women's Organizations in Japan
Association of Foreign Wives in Japan
AFWJ is a one-of-a-kind organization for women living
in Japan and married to a Japanese. AFWJ is a network of resources
and women that can be turned to for information, support or advice.
DigitalEve Japan promotes women's digital lifestyles by offering a
supportive community and programs tuned to women using IT in their
workplace and in their everyday lives.
Foreign Women in Japan (Tokyo)
Foreign Women in Japan (Kansai)