”Your first day +α(administration) ” from Terry

”Your first day +α(administration) ” from Terry

In our last column, we gave some ideas about how you can get through your first day in a Japanese company.

However, there are some items you also need to bring with you on your first day. These items are for administrative purposes so don`t forget.

Items to bring along:


If you intend to live and work in Japan for a period of time, you will need to get yourself a personal stamp (Inkan). This will help to open up a bank account. Nowadays, all employers will ask you to open an account for your monthly salaries so you should really obtain one for yourself. You can get a cheap one for about 1,000yen. In the office, you usually require your Inkan to sign work contracts and important documents, so it is vital you bring yours with you.


2.Bank passbook(Tsuchou):

Almost all companies use bank transfers to pay their staff, so if you want to get paid, best you bring this along
with you.


3.Residence card (Zairyu ka-do):

Since April 2011, all foreign residents in Japan need to register or get a residence card. This used to be called the Alien Registration Card, or more informally, the gaijin card, within weeks of arriving in country. If you applied and got your visa before you left your home country, you will get your card at the airport on arrival.

Foreign residents must carry the Zairyu card at all times. Companies are required to register their foreign employees when they join the company, and are required to make a photocopy of the employees cards. This is the law so don`t get upset over it.


This depends on the HR policies of the company you are going to work for. HR may ask for your passport details to check your work eligibility and validity of your visa, the period you are eligible to stay in Japan etc. They may require a copy of the photo and visa pages as well.

5.Passport photos:

It is good to have a couple of recent passport photos with you. This is in case the company needs to make an ID or security pass for you, or for their internal reference.


Apart from that, you`re good to go. Be pleasant, friendly and try and remember the names of the people you will meet. It might help to make a note after meeting someone new, so that you can refer back should you
come across that person again but can`t quite place his or her name. Eventually, you`ll remember everyone once you`ve settled down but it helps if you can address some by his or her name. Of course, they will
understand if you can`t, as they themselves might not remember yours.