Ok r/Japan I need some concrete answers about moving to Japan. (self.japan)
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First, I'll be moving to Japan in mid February and I still have a number of questions that I can't really seem to find any answers to.
Banking. I'll be moving there to work and pay off my student loans. I need to know which banks are best for dealing with foreigners, since I'll probably be operating out of two banks (one in the states and one in Japan).
Phones. For obvious reasons I won't be taking my cell phone with me so that means I'll need a new plan. I plan to be in Japan for only a year, so I'm looking for the cheapest and easiest way to own a cell phone. What company should I go through?
Health Insurance This one has been bugging me because I can't find a whole lot about it. What are the costs like? Do companies usually help foreigners with this type of thing? I'll be a single male if that helps estimating costs.
Utilities and Internet Are utility and internet companies usually good with foreigners? What will I need to apply for these? (bank account I'm assuming). Does it take long for internet?
I'm a little worried at the moment because I won't have any way to communicate with people before I get internet or a phone. I just want to get these things out of the way as soon as possible once I arrive.
I'm sure these have been discussed several times on this subreddit, but I thought I might as well ask anyway. Hoping someone can give me a detailed outline of these couple things.
I appreciate it and look forward to traveling to Japn. Hopefully one day I'll be able to return the favor. Thank you.
45 comments submitted at 16:14:04 on Jan 5, 2013 by KarpMagi