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Regarding foreigner’s mobile phone contract procedure Part.3

Last time, I explained the necessary documents at the time of contract. And this time I will introduce the government’s efforts to facilitate the use of mobile phones.

Efforts to facilitate the use of mobile phones

Since mobile phones are indispensable for living in Japan, the government has smoothed the procedures for using mobile phones so that many foreigners visiting Japan and foreign residents can use their cell phones immediately when they visit Japan.

The contents are as follows. (According to the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications).

  •  At the time of signing a contract for a mobile phone, a domestic bank account is required. On the other hand, there is also a case where you need to enter a phone number when opening a bank account. Therefore, the Japanese government has asked domestic industry groups such as the Japan Banking Association to flexibly respond to foreigners who have not signed a phone contract when opening bank accounts at banks.
  • Most of the time, only Japanese is available at mobile phone stores and counters in Japan, which is a heavy burden for foreigners. Therefore, the government has requested these industry groups to further promote multilingual efforts such as mobile phone operators.

Next time, I will introduce the recommended mobile carriers for foreigners.

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