Services for foreigners

The number of foreigners living in Japan is increasing every year. Because of differences in culture and customs, the number of problems arising with the Japanese is also becoming noticeable. Local governments are making great efforts to deal with those problems.
Information in foreign languages is available at the service counters at local government offices and on their home pages. The main languages include English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Tagalog.
Local government home pages provide information about public services and medical facilities that can handle different languages. They even explain about how to sort out different types of garbage, which varies from area to area, and the garbage collection schedule—such as newspapers on a certain day.
You can also find information about many local activities, including events and Japanese language lessons provided by volunteers.


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