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|COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION|
|Currency:||Japanes Yen (JPY)|
observe both Shinto and Buddhist 84%, other 16% (including Christian 0.7%).
|National Holidays:||Birthday of Emperor AKIHITO, 23 December (1933)|
Japan is stable, highly developed parliamentary democracy with a modern economy.
Ground Self-Defense Force (Army), Maritime Self-Defense Force (Navy), Air Self-Defense Force (Air Force), Coast Guard
All consular information for all of Japan is now available on a single web site at http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/tacs-main.html. A full list of our holiday closings is available at http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/acs/tacs-holidays.html. Subscribers to our monthly email newsletter (available from http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/tacs-main.html#newsletter) receive regular updates on holiday closings.
The US Embassy in Tokyo is located at 1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420; tel 81-3-3224-5000; fax 81-3-3505-1862; American Citizen Services fax 81-3-3224-5856. Recorded visa information for non-US citizens is available at the following 24-hour toll phone number: 03-5354-4033.
The US Consulate General in Osaka-Kobe is located at 2-11-5 Nishitenma, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543; tel 81-6-6315-5900; fax 81-6-6315-5914. Recorded information for US citizens concerning US passports, notarials and other American citizens services is available 24 hours at 81-6-6315-5900.
The US Consulate General in Naha is located at 2-1-1 Toyama, Urasoe, Okinawa 901-2104; tel 81-98-876-4211; fax 81-98-876-4243
The US Consulate General in Sapporo is located at Kita 1-Jo Nishi 28-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821; tel 81-11-641-1115, fax 81-11-643-1283.
The US Consulate in Fukuoka is located at 2-5-26 Ohori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052; tel 81-92-751-9331; fax 81-92-713-9222.
The US Consulate in Nagoya is located at Nagoya International Center Bldg. 6th floor, 1-47-1 Nagono, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0001; tel 81-52-581-4501; fax 81-52-581-3190.
The US Consulate in Nagoya offers limited emergency consular services for US citizens. Consular officers from Osaka also travel to Nagoya on the second Wednesday of each month to provide Americans with notarial services, passport renewals, and report of birth and passport applications for newborn children on an appointment basis.
To schedule an appointment for these American Citizen Services, contact Consulate General Osaka-Kobe at AOK@state.gov, fax 06-6315-5914, or call 06-6315-5912 between 9:00a and 4:30p.
A valid passport and an onward/return ticket are required for tourist/business "visa free" stays of up to 90 days. Passports must be valid for the intended period of stay in Japan. Americans cannot work on a 90-day "visa free" entry. As a general rule, "visa free" entry status may not be changed to another visa status without departing and then re-entering Japan with the appropriate visa such as a spouse, work or study visa.
Airports: 174, Airports w/paved runways: 143
|Risks and Precautions:||
There have been no major terrorist incidents in Japan since 1995; however, since terrorists can strike at any time and at any place, US citizens should be aware of the potential risks and take these into consideration when making travel plans. The security situation in Japan remains the same with no new credible threat information. Our offices in Japan disseminate threat information through our nationwide email warden system and post current threat information on the US Embassy’s American Citizens Services (ACS) web site at http://japan.usembassy.gov/acs. Anyone may sign up for our emailed warden system messages through our web site.
Crimes against US citizens in Japan usually only involve personal disputes, theft or vandalism. The general crime rate in Japan is at levels well below the US national average. Violent crime is rare, but does exist.
Infant MR total: 3.28 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth: TOTAL 81.04yrs (male 77.74 / 84.51).
Recommended: Hep B, Japanese Encephalitis
|Overall Quality of Medical Services:||
While medical care in Japan is good, English-speaking physicians and medical facilities that cater to Americans' expectations are expensive and not very widespread. Japan has a national health insurance system, which is available only to foreigners with long-term visas for Japan. Medical caregivers in Japan require payment in full at the time of treatment or concrete proof of ability to pay before treating a foreigner who is not a member of the national health insurance plan.
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|Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:||
A measles outbreak was reported in Japan in 2007.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) was also found in bird populations in Japan in 2003-2004. It continues to cause outbreaks in domestic and wild bird populations and has caused human cases in several East Asian countries. Avoid all direct contact with birds, including domestic poultry (such as chickens and ducks) and wild birds, and avoid places such as poultry farms and bird markets where live birds are raised or kept.
Country Calling Code: +81