Emigrate to Japan

⇒ Culture of Japan

⇒ Climate

⇒ Language

⇒ School system of Japan

⇒ Health care system

⇒ Vaccinations and medical certificates

⇒ Tax system

⇒ Economy

⇒ Prices by index

⇒ Real estate

⇒ Company foundation

⇒ Visa

⇒ Safety


Japan culture

Japanese culture is known for its unique traditions and customs, which are deeply rooted to this day. Here are some aspects that distinguish Japanese culture:

  1. Politeness: Japan is known for its marked politeness and respect for others, especially the elderly and superiors.
  2. Zen Philosophy: Japanese culture is also influenced by Zen philosophy, which focuses on mindfulness, meditation and the pursuit of inner peace.
  3. Food: Japanese cuisine is known for its variety, presentation and flavor. Sushi, ramen, udon, soba, and tempura are just a few of the many Japanese dishes known around the world.
  4. Art: Japanese art is known for its simplicity and elegance. Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, and origami, paper folding, are just two examples.
  5. Anime and Manga: Japan is also known for its anime and manga culture, which has fans all over the world.
  6. Onsen: Japan is known for its hot springs called onsen. Many people visit onsen regularly to relax and improve their health.
  7. Festivals: There are many traditional festivals in Japan, such as the Cherry Blossom Festival (Hanami), which is traditionally celebrated in spring.

These are just some aspects of Japanese culture that make it unique and fascinating


In Japan, there are four seasons: Spring, summer, autumn and winter. The climate is overall temperate to subtropical and is influenced by oceanic and continental climates. The regions in the north of the country have cold and snowy winters, while the southern regions have milder winters. In spring and autumn, temperatures are pleasant and mild throughout Japan, while summer can be hot and humid, especially in urban areas. There are also regular typhoons that can occur from May to October.


Japanese is the main language spoken in Japan. However, there are also minority languages such as Ainu, Ryukyuan, and Korean spoken by some people in certain regions of Japan. English is also taught as a second language and is widely spoken in urban areas, especially among younger people and business people.

School system of Japan

When emigrating to Japan with your family, the school system naturally plays a big role:

The school system in Japan is considered one of the most demanding and performance-oriented in the world. It consists of six years of elementary school, three years of middle school, and three years of high school. Most schools are generally open Monday through Friday, but many students also participate in additional activities and classes on weekends.
Students in Japan are encouraged to work hard and excel. Classes focus on discipline, respect, and following rules. Students also learn to work in groups and take responsibility for their actions. Classes are very structured and students are expected to handle a heavy workload.
There are also private schools in Japan, which are often very expensive. These schools often offer higher quality education and better preparation for college, but they are not affordable for all families. There are also international schools that offer education in English and cater to foreign students.

Healthcare system

The healthcare system in Japan is known to be very effective and high quality. There are two types of health insurance in Japan: national health insurance (NHI) and employee’s health insurance (EHI).
NHI is a universal health insurance plan available to all residents of Japan, including foreigners residing in the country. Contributions are calculated on the basis of the income of the insured and their family members. Typically, NHI covers about 70% of health care costs.
EHI is a health insurance plan offered by employers and available to employees and their dependents. The contributions are paid jointly by employers and employees.
Japan has a large number of highly qualified physicians and modern medical facilities that offer advanced technologies and procedures. Waiting times are usually short and the care is very good.

Vaccinations and medical certificates

Immigration to Japan usually requires vaccinations or medical certificates for German immigrants. However, it depends on the individual situation how long the stay in Japan will last and what activities are planned.
For example, vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies and Japanese encephalitis may be recommended. It is also advisable to check the vaccination status against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and measles, mumps and rubella and to refresh it if necessary.
For more information on vaccination recommendations for Japan, visit the website of the German Foreign Office or the Robert Koch Institute. It is advisable to seek advice from a physician or travel medicine specialist well in advance of your planned departure.

Tax system

The tax system in Japan is extensive and contains various types of taxes levied in different ways. Here are some important information:

  • Income tax: Income tax in Japan is calculated progressively, which means that higher incomes have higher tax rates. Employers in Japan are required to deduct income tax directly from employees’ salaries and pay it to the tax authority.
  • Excise tax: Excise taxes are levied on the sale of goods and services. Currently, the consumption tax in Japan is 10%.
  • Corporate tax: Companies in Japan are required to pay corporate taxes on their profits. The amount of corporate tax depends on the amount of profit.
  • Property Tax: Landowners in Japan are required to pay property taxes on the value of their real estate.
  • Inheritance tax: Japan also has an inheritance tax, which is levied on the value of the estate. The amount of tax depends on several factors, including the value of the estate and the relationship of the heir to the deceased.

It should be noted that the tax system in Japan can be very complex, especially for foreigners who may not be familiar with Japanese tax laws and practices. It is recommended that you consult with a tax advisor or other professional advisor to assist with any questions or concerns.


Japan has one of the largest and most advanced economies in the world. The economy is very export-oriented and has strong industries such as automobiles, electronics and mechanical engineering. Japan also has an important role in high technology and is a major player in the manufacture of electronic devices and robotics.
In recent decades, however, Japan has also faced a variety of economic challenges, including an aging population, a stagnant economy and high debt. The government has taken various measures to address these challenges, including introducing structural reforms, promoting innovation and strengthening trade relations with other countries. Despite these efforts, Japan’s economic future remains uncertain and it remains to be seen how the economy will develop in the coming years.

Prices by index

Prices can change rapidly in a changing economy like, Japan’s and vary greatly from region to region, so please refer here to the Cost of Living website. The information on this website is constantly updated so that you are always up to date.

Real Estate

Foreigners can buy or rent real estate in Japan. However, there are some restrictions on the purchase of real estate, which may be limited to certain types of land and property. For example, in some cases, foreigners cannot acquire agricultural or forest land. In addition, the purchase of real estate is restricted in some areas, especially near military installations or other sensitive facilities. It is therefore advisable to find out about the specific restrictions and requirements before buying a property in Japan

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Company foundation

It is possible to start a business in Japan as a foreigner. However, there are a few steps required to do this. Foreigners must first have a business address in Japan and appoint a Japanese citizen or legal entity as a representative to register the company. They must also apply for a visa that allows them to work and operate the business in Japan. It is also advisable to engage the services of a Japanese lawyer or accountant to assist in the establishment and management of the business.


Possible visas for emigration to Japan:

There are several visa options for foreigners wishing to immigrate to Japan, depending on their purpose. Some of the most common visa categories are:

  1. Work Visa: This visa is for foreigners who are seeking employment in Japan or have already found employment.
  2. Student Visa: This visa is for foreigners who want to study in Japan.
  3. Visitor Visa: This visa is for foreigners who wish to vacation or visit relatives in Japan.
  4. Investor Visa: This visa is for foreigners who want to start or invest a business in Japan.
  5. Long-term visa: This visa is for foreigners who intend to live in Japan long-term but do not have a job or study in Japan.

There are also special visa categories for certain professions or activities such as athletes, artists or journalists.

Security in the country

Japan is generally considered a safe country with a comparatively low crime rate. The Japanese government and police are committed to ensuring public safety and keeping crime low. Nevertheless, as in any country, there are some risks and challenges in Japan that foreigners should be aware of. These include natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons, as well as some health risks such as seasonal influenza or Japanese encephalitis. However, it is important to note that Japan is an advanced country with good infrastructure and a well-equipped healthcare system that is available to foreigners if needed. Nevertheless, we refer to the safety information of the German Foreign Office: Safety instructions Japan.

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