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Information for International Residents

This webpage was created during the Covid-19 global pandemic to offer reliable information for all those who live in Osaki.

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 mayor's welcome

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 Covid-19

 

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 natural disaster & emergency

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 life

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help & support

 

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2021.3.1

Welcome to the new webpage for international residents of Osaki. The site is still under-construction and will launch officially on 1st April 2021. Watch this space!   

mayor's welcome

Welcome to Osaki! 

 

On behalf of all of us at Osaki, I like to thank you for choosing Osaki as your destination. I am very happy that you have come so far to this town. Wherever you are from, you are an important member of the community in our town!     

There must be many challenges living here as an international resident: learning how to communicate with the locals, getting used to daily customs and social codes, and not knowing many people around. Life can get hard sometimes. This website was made for you to provide you with useful information during your stay. Hopefully it will make your daily life a little easier and a little more enjoyable.     

At this time of the pandemic and in the middle of the climate crisis, we humans have many challenges too. The first two parts of the website are dedicated to dealing with Covid-19 and natural disasters. Please take a look and be prepared. Please stay healthy and safe.      

I have lived here all my life. I know the place and the people very well and feel very much at home here. It is my responsibility to make sure that you will be able to build a good relationship with this place and the people, so that eventually you will feel at home too.     

I hope you will have a great time while you are here. 

 

Yasuhiro Higashi

Osaki town Mayor 

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Covid-19

This is a basic practical guide for dealing with Covid-19, in accordance with the official government advice.     

For further assistance, please contact:   

 

Kagoshima COVID-19 Call Center

Tel: 099-833-3221

Supported language:   

English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese (Mon. - Sun. available 24 hours)

Vietnamese, Thai (Wed. 10am - 6pm) 

 

AMDA Medical Information Center

AMDA provides free advice. It also provides free over-the-phone interpretation service at hospitals and clinics.

Tel: 03-6233-9266

Mon.–Fri., 10am-4pm

Supported language:

English, basic Japanese, Korean (Mon.), Filipino (Mon.), Thai (Tue.), Chinese (Tue., Thu.), Spanish (Wed.), Vietnamese (2nd & 4th Wed. of the month), Portuguese (Fri.)

*The schedule is flexible. Call first to find out. 

Covid-19 Vaccine

Covid-19 vaccination would be available to everyone living in Japan. There will be no charge. Further details would be available from COVID-19 Vaccine Navi website. 

Protecting yourself and people around you against Covid-19

Here are the basic guidelines on Covid-19 prevention, issued by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

  • Wash hands often.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Ventilate.
  • Keep social distance.
  • Avoid the three C’s (crowded spaces, close contact, closed space).
  • Keep healthy lifestyle.
  • Stay at home if you have a fever or cold-like symptoms.

If you think you have Covid-19  

If you think that you might have Covid-19, please contact Kagoshima COVID-19 Call Center (Tel: 099-833-3221) or AMDA Medical Information Center (Tel. 03-6233-9266) for multi-language support over the phone. Please do not go directly to clinics or hospitals as you will risk infecting others.   

What is Covid-19?

Latest information on Covid-19 is available from the World Health Organization.

(supported language: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian)    

Covid-19 in Japan

Latest information about Covid-19 from the national government is available from the Cabinet Secretariat Covid-19 Information and Resources website.

(Supported language: Japanese, English. Some contents translated into basic Japanese, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Portuguse, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Thai, Burmese, Nepali, Cambodian)     

Latest information on Covid-19 is also available from the NHK World website in English.  

Government financial aid for those influenced by Covid-19

There are some financial aids offered to people and businesses influenced by Covid-19. Information is summarised on the Cabinet Secretariat website

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natural disaster & emergency  

Police, fire brigade and ambulance

Here are the telephone numbers for police, fire brigade and ambulance:     

Police: 110

Fire brigade & ambulance: 119

Natural disasters 

Unfortunately, Japan is a “country of natural disasters” and there is always a chance that you will encounter a natural disaster. Common natural disasters in Japan include typhoon, heavy rain, snowstorm, flood, landslide, earthquake, tsunami and volcanic eruption. 

1. Advanced warnings 

Warnings for extreme weather conditions and tsunamis, and information on earthquakes are available at Japan Meteorological Agency website. (available in 15 languages)    

Loud alarm will go off on neighbourhood loudspeaker in case of severe warnings. Make sure you are in a safe place. If you hear an alarm after an earthquake, most likely it is a tsunami warning. Please escape as soon as possible to a high ground.     

Area Mail and J-Alert are area-based warning systems available on most mobile phones. In order for your phone to receive warnings, the option needs to be turned on. The alarm can go off few seconds before the impact of the earthquake. Be sure you are not near objects that can fall. Hide under a sturdy table.     

Safety Tips, an app made by the Japan Tourism Agency, also offers push notifications for warnings and other useful information on natural disaster and safety. (available in 15 languages)    

Japan Safe Travel is a twitter account run by Japan National Tourism Organization for providing real time natural disasters and safety information. (supported language: English) 

2. Evacuation centres

If there is a risk of serious disaster, evacuation centres will open, usually at local schools and community centres. Here is the list of evacuation centres in Osaki. Please evacuate if you are not at a safe place.

English name

Japanese name (in alphabet)

address

capacity

(ppl)

tel.

Health Centre

保健センター(hoken centre)     

1029 Karijuku

50

099-476-1111

Elderly Welfare Centre

老人福祉センター(rojin fukushi centre)

1870 Karijuku

50

099-476-3663

Nakaoki Community Centre

中沖地区公民館(Nakaoki-chiku kominkan)     

3093-3 Hishida

30

099-476-1111

Mochidome Agriculture Structural 

Improvement Centre (*1*3 )

持留地区農業構造改善センター

(Mochidome nogyo kozo kaizo centre)

922-2 Okabeppu

50

099-476-1569

Hishida Agricultural Village Environment

Improvement Centre (*1*2 )

菱田農村環境改善センター

(Hishida noson kankyo kaizen centre)     

2571 Hishida

50

099-476-1668

Nogata Agricultural Village Environment

Improvement Centre

野方農村環境改善センター

(Nogata noson kankyo kaizen centre)     

6122-1 Nogata

50

099-478-3869

Town Gymnasium

大崎町総合体育館

(Osaki-cho sogo taiikukan)     

2488-1 Jinryo

600

099-477-2006

Roadside Station Kuni-no-Matsubara Osaki

道の駅「くにの松原おおさき」

(michi no eki kuni no matsubara osaki)

2419 Jinryo

300

099-471-6666

Osaki Primary School

大崎小学校(Osaki shogakko)     

910 Karijuku

100

099-476-0027

Osaki Secondary School

大崎中学校 (Osaki chugakko)     

1699-1 Karijuku

100

099-476-0013

Daimaru Primary School

大丸小学校 (Daimaru shogakko)     

1591 Yokose

100

099-476-0044

Nakaoki Primary School

中沖小学校 (Nakaoki shogakko)     

3119-4 Hishida

50

099-477-0710

Hishida Primary School

菱田小学校 (Hishida shogakko)     

2533 Hishida

100

099-477-0504

Mochidome Primary School

持留小学校 (Mochidome shogakko)     

316-4 Mochidome

100

099-476-1722

Nogata Primary School

野方小学校 (Nogata shogakko)     

6119 Nogata

100

099-478-2005

Nogata Revitalization Centre

野方地区活性化センター

(Nogata chiku kasseika centre)     

2893-2 Nogata

50

N/A

Japan Athlete Training Centre Osumi 

ジャパンアスリートトレーニングセンター大隅

(Japan asurito training centre Osumi)

1441 Hishida

50

099-477-1102

*Do not use in case of *1:earthquake, *2:tsunami, *3:landslide  

3. Tsunami evacuation map

There is a risk of tsunami in Osaki. This map shows the local topography and evacuation centres. Check the location of your home and places you go to in town. Then, using the map, find the nearest higher ground from these locations.

4. Preparing for natural disasters

As there are numerous natural disasters in Japan, preparation has become part of life. If you want to prepare yourself more, handbook on how to prepare and act, for different kinds of natural disasters was published by Okinawa International Exchange & Human Resources Development Foundation. (supported language: English) Some of the topics covered in this leaflet include:    

  • Different types of natural disasters
  • Evacuation and evacuation centres
  • How to act in case of a natural disaster
  • How to secure your home
  • How to store food and other items for disaster

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life

Osaki is a rural agricultural town by the coast of Shibushi bay and forms part of the Osumi Peninsula. The mild weather and easy access to the sea and mountains makes this place a great place for spending time outdoors.  

The farms here are productive all year around. There are plenty of fresh local agricultural produce. Always check out the local produce corner at supermarkets for seasonal bargains.     

Life in a foreign country can be stressful, especially at first. Why not relax at natural hot spring bath? Or have a drink of Shochu, a liquor made from sweet potatoes?    

In this section are basic information for starting your exploration of life here in Osaki. 

Public facilities  

Town Hall

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 Municipal government office. It deals with pretty much all public services. If you have any problems during your stay, come and ask for help. The staffs are here to serve you. 

 

Open: Mon. – Fri., 8:30am - 5pm

Closed: national holidays, new year holidays

1029 Karijuku Osaki

Tel: 099-476-1111 

 

Town Library

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 Anyone living in Osaki can register and borrow books and audiovisual materials for free!  

 

Open: Tue. – Sun., 9:30am – 6pm

Closed: Mon., new year holidays

1029 Karijuku Osaki

Tel: 099-476-4251 

 

Central Community Centre

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There are auditorium, meeting rooms, kitchen and tatami room at the community centre. The spaces can be booked and used by anyone for a small fee. 

 

Office hour: Mon. – Fri., 8:30am - 5:15pm (Closed on national holidays and new year holidays. )

1029 Karijuku Osaki

Tel: 099-476-1111

 

Town Gymnasium

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The gymnasium can be booked for playing volleyball, tennis, badminton, table tennis, futsal etc. and for using the training gym. 

 

Open: Tue. – Sun., 8:30am – 10pm

Closed: Mon. (If Mon. is a holiday, closed on following Tue. instead.)

2488-1 Jinryo Osaki

Tel: 099-477-2006

 

 

Town Health Centre

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 You might visit this facility for health check-ups. This building also becomes one of the main evacuation centres in case of a natural disaster.  

 

Open: Mon. – Fri. , 8:30am – 5pm

Closed: national holidays, new year holidays

1029 Karijuku Osaki

Tel: 099-476-1111

 

Fureai no Sato Park

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 A park located behind Asuparu, a hot spring bath, restaurant and shopping complex. There are picturesque Japanese garden, spacious lawn area and children’s playground.

 

 

 

Seseragi Park

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A long garden situated along the Mochidome River. There are picturesque water features and collection of tanokami (god of the rice field) stone statues. A perfect park for a stroll.

Osaki Central Park

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Located behind the townhall, the park is situated on the hillside. There are three tennis courts and a great view at the top. 

Activities

Hot spring  

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Kagoshima is volcanically active, even within Japan. Its beloved symbol is an active volcano, Sakurajima. Try the numerous hot spring bath. You will soon find yourself hooked. 

Beach  

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There are so many beaches in the area, from the vast Shibushi bay, to more secluded ones spread around the Osumi Peninsula. Whether you just want to dip your toes in the wave or do a full-on scuba diving, you will be able to discover your own perfect beach. 

 

Track and field

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 Osaki is a home to Japan Athlete Training Centre Osumi, a state-of-the-art track and field facility. Good news is that it is open to everyone. Why not get athletic while you are here?

 

Swimming  

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If you like to swim during the hot summer months, there is the Masu maru Pool, an outdoor leisure pool located in the middle of the pine forrest. 

 

Historic ruins  

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If you are curious about the history of this place, visiting the Yokose Kofun, a 5th Century tomb of a local lord, still standing proudly within the rice field, might be a start.

 

Camping  

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Kuni-no-Matsubara Camping Site is a perfect place for a staycation. Surrounded by the pine forrest, you can make a bonfire, BBQ, look at the stars, all in your own town. There are many other affordable campsites in Osumi Peninsula. 

Shopping

The main shopping area of Osaki is Sammoji. The shops and restaurants are well visited by the locals. Many of the shops have been here for generations and the shelves are full of surprising finds and good bargains. 

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Local food

Here are just few examples of local cuisine. There are many other unique foods to be discovered, so stay curious!

Kuzumochi

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Refreshing and light dessert made from kuzu starch. Best eaten cold on a summer day.

Ganeten  

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Sweet potato sticks deep fried in a thick batter. It is a perfect savoury snack or accompaniment to a meal.   

 

Kesen Dango

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Red bean mochi sandwiched with cinnamon leaves. The refreshing scent of the leaves make this a very special dessert.  

Akumaki  

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This mochi is made from charcoal! Slice into thick layers and enjoy with toppings like sweetened soybean powder (kinako), white or brown sugar, brown sugar syrup (kuromitsu), or maple syrup. 

Public transportation  

Many places in Kagoshima and beyond can be explored by public transportation. Kagoshima Transportation (operated by Iwasaki Cooperation) provides local bus and ferry services throughout Kagoshima. Some areas are covered by JR trains. Although a little tricky to use, there are some online journey planners that can help you plan your trip. Bus timetables are available at each bus stop.  

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Japanese language learning resource

There are many Japanese language learning resources available online. Connect and Enhance Your Life in Japanese is one example. (Supported language: Japanese, English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese) The key to improving your Japanese is to use it. Trying talking to people! 

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recycling

Osaki is renown for its recycling. From 2006 to 2017, for 12 years, it recorded the highest percentage of recycled domestic waste amongst all cities and towns in Japan. This means that recycling is part of everyday life. It will take some time to familiarise yourself with the system of throwing away your waste. Hopefully this chart will help.  

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help & support  

Living in a foreign country can be at times challenging. There are many organizations and support groups you can ask for help.     

For any problems, the staffs of Osaki Town Hall are there to give you help, advice, information and connect you to appropriate support organizations.     

Try calling your embassy. Your embassy will also be able to give you advice and support. 

Kagoshima Consultation Desk for Foreign Residents

Kagoshima Consultation Desk for Foreign Residents is a general help desk run by Kagoshima Prefectural Government. The service is available in person or by phone. The service is free. You can discuss about any issues, for example: visa, work, health, welfare, childbirth, childcare, education, etc.      

 

Kagoshima Consultation Desk for Foreign Residents

International Exchange Plaza, 1F

14-50 Yamashita-cho, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima, 892-0816

Tel: 070-7662-4541

Email: kiasoudan@gmail.com

Open: Tue. – Sun., 9am – 5pm

Closed: new year holidays

 

Supported languages:

  • In person: English, Vietnamese, Japanese
  • Through multi-language call centres: Chinese, Tagalog, Indonesian, Nepalese, Khmer, Thai,  Bermese, Portuguese, Spanish, Malay, French, Russian, German, Italian, Mongol  

Health issues

AMDA Medical Information Center

AMDA provides free advice and free over-the-phone interpretation service at hospitals and clinics.

Tel: 03-6233-9266

Mon.–Fri., 10am-4pm

Supported language:

English, basic Japanese, Korean (Mon.), Filipino (Mon.), Thai (Tue.), Chinese (Tue., Thu.), Spanish (Wed.), Vietnamese (2nd & 4th Wed. of the month), Portuguese (Fri.)

*The schedule is flexible. Call first to find out.

Work issues

1. Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare offers variety of services to provide help on workplace issues including:       

  • Telephone Consultation Service for Foreign Workers
  • Labour Standards Advice Hotline
  • Guide to Labour Bureaus with Foreign Workers Consultation Service   

  

Below are the details for the Telephone Consultation Service for Foreign Workers:     

English: Tel. 0570-001701 (Mon. – Fri., 10am – 3pm)

Chinese: Tel. 0570-001702 (Mon. – Fri., 10am – 3pm)

Portuguese: Tel. 0570-001703  (Mon. – Fri., 10am – 3pm)

Spanish: Tel. 0570-001704  (Mon. – Fri., 10am – 3pm)

Tagalog: Tel. 0570-001705 (Tue. – Fri., 10am – 3pm)

Vietnamese: Tel. 0570-001706 (Mon. – Fri., 10am – 3pm)

Burmese: Tel. 0570-001707  (Mon., 10am – 3pm)

Nepalese: Tel. 0570-001708  (Tue. & Thu., 10am – 3pm)

Korean: Tel. 0570-001-709   (Mon., Thu., Fri., 10am – 3pm)

Thai: Tel. 0570-001-712 (Wed., 10am – 3pm)

Indonesian: Tel. 0570-001-715 (Wed., 10am – 3pm)

Cambodian(Khmer): Tel. 0570-001-716 (Wed., 10am – 3pm)

Mongolian: Tel. 0570-001-718 (Thu., 10am – 3pm)   

  

The details for other services are available at their website

2. OTIT(Organization for Technical Intern Training)

OTIT is the organization overseeing Technical Intern Training programme. Multi-language support is available in Chinese, Vietnam, Filipino, Indonesian, Thai and English.

3. NPO POSSE

NPO POSSE supports international residents and workers. Consultation service is strictly confidential. The information you provide to POSSE will not be shared to anyone, including your employer, your colleagues, or any government agencies, without your consent.

 

Tel: 03-6699-9359

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 5 - 7pm

Sat, Sun, Holiday, 1 – 5pm

Email: supportcenter@npoposse.jp

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