“WHAT TO DO IF…” TROUBLESHOOTING PAGE
The “WHAT TO DO IF…” site is a quick-and-easy overview of issues and problems I frequently get asked about. Essentially an FAQ, it will probably save you a lot of time and research.
Please click on this link:
Questions dealt with (as of July 2007, updated frequently):
WHAT TO DO IF…
…you are asked for your “Gaijin Card”.
…you are stopped by the Japanese police.
…you are arrested by the Japanese police.
…you overstay your visa.
…you see a “Japanese Only” sign.
…you are refused service at a business catering to the general public.
…you are asked for your passport number at a hotel, despite having an address in Japan.
…you are refused service at a hotel.
…you want to protest something you see as discriminatory.
…you want to take somebody to court.
…you want to get your deposit (shikin) back from your landlord when moving out.
…you want to get a job (or a better job) in Japanese academia.
…you are having a labor dispute in the workplace.
…you are swindled in a business deal
…you need a lawyer.
…you want to get Permanent Residency (eijuuken).
…you want to become a Japanese citizen.
…you want to register your name in kanji.
…your child is being singled out for “looking different” in Japanese school.
…you want to run for office.
…you want to build a house.
…you want to get a divorce.
…you want to do some awareness raising.
Note that these links are not exhaustive. There is lots more on the www.debito.org site, so surf around and see what you can get. To use a search engine: Access Google, use the Advanced Search function, type in return results only from www.debito.org, and then the keyword you are looking for.
Hope this helps resolve any problems! Arudou Debito in Sapporo