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Requirements for Leaving Japan

Before moving out of a rented house/apartment, give the landlord or the real estate company at least one month’s notice in advance. If the notice is given at the last minute, the next month’s rent will be charged.
Clean the room thoroughly and return it to its original condition, otherwise repair fees will be deducted from the deposit (shiki-kin). If the room is in an unusual severe condition, additional expenses may be required. Contact the City/Ward Office to arrange for the disposal of large-scale garbage such as household furniture, futons, bicycle, etc.
According to law, air-conditioners, TVs, washing machines, refrigerators, and computers cannot be disposed of as large-scale garbage. Contact the shop where the appliance was purchased, electronic stores, or the manufacturer to arrange for disposal. In all cases, a disposal fee will be charged.

Do not forget to settle electricity, gas, water, telephone and other utility bills by contacting the respective companies several days before moving out.

Close bank or postal savings accounts at respective service counters after making sure all debts are paid (especially those who have arranged for the automatic deduction of utility bills from their bank/postal saving accounts).

Required items

・Resident Card or Passport
・Personal seal (Inkan), Stamp
 (if used when opening the account)
・Passbook

Open hours

Bank: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 - 15:00 (Except Holidays)
Post Office: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 - 16:00 (Except Holidays)

International students leaving Japan after completing their study programs must complete the following procedures at the appropriate sections of their City/Ward Office once their departure date has been decided.

Required items

・Passport
・Resident Card
・National Health Insurance Card
・National Pension Handbook (if enrolled in the National Pension Scheme)

Notification of Moving Out

First of all, a Notification of Moving-Out must be submitted to the resident registration counter. This procedure should be completed before you apply for a cost-adjustment of the NHI and withdrawal from the National Pension System (see below).

Cost-adjustment of National Health Insurance

The payment of the National Health Insurance (NHI) premium is divided into ten installments per year. International students leaving Japan must apply for cost-adjustment of their premiums at the NHI section of their City/Ward Office. The NHI expiration date will be modified to be valid until the time of departure.

Withdrawal from National Pension System (if enrolled in the National Pension Scheme)

The cancellation procedures must be done at the National Pension System (NPS) section of the City/Ward Office. Those who satisfy the conditions (e.g. having paid the pension premiums over six months) can file for a partial reimbursement of their premiums. For further details, please refer to the Japanese Pension Service website or visit the NPS section of your municipal office.
Japan Pension Service

For information on procedures about status of residence, please click here.

When leaving Japan after completing your program, return your Resident Card to the customs officer at the departing port, e.g. Narita Airport.

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