(Last update: August 2018)

Having your family join you in Japan is not simply a way of sharing your experience, families can provide the necessary reassurance and support that international students living in Japan sometimes need.However, some of the adjustments in having a family here may, in fact, become burdens. More thought has to be given to making life in Japan more enjoyable and meaningful for the family, too.

1. NUFSA Japanese Language & Culture Course for NU International Students' Family
The spouses of international students, who spend most of their time at School, may feel isolated and homesick. Studying Japanese is not simply a way of becoming acquainted with culture and society of Japan; it also serves to broaden one’s horizons. Getting to know people in a similar position to oneself provides a much needed emotional release. Moreover, class members have the opportunity to make friends with people from all over the world.
The course has two semesters (Spring semester from April and Fall semester from October of the following year) with four levels: Beginners, Elementary I, Elementary II and Intermediate. It is taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the conference room of International Residence Higashiyama. A baby-sitting service is offered by volunteers during classes.

Contact: IEEC Advising & Counseling Services (IB Bldg.) of Nagoya University
Tel: 052-788-6117
Japanese Language Course for Family
2. Children’s Education
(1) Day-care Centers (Hoikuen)
Day-care centers provide day care for children so that parents who work, study or have other demanding obligations, can proceed with their daily routines reassured of their children’s safety. To apply, submit certificates of studentship or employment to the Ward Office. As the government subsidizes day-care centers, fees (from about 60,000 yen per month to a total fee exemption) depend on the income of the parents. Please note that your child will not be accepted if there are no vacancies.
For further information, contact the public welfare section of your ward office.
(2) Kindergartens (Youchien)
The objective of kindergartens is to encourage children the between the ages of 3 and 5 to develop their physical and mental aptitudes and to prepare them for elementary school.There are both public and private kindergartens. The Registration fee is 7,000 yen, the tution fee is 8,200 yen per and miscellaneous fee is 3,000 yen month for public kindergartens (2014 fiscal year). There is a fee exemption depending on the income of the parents. Tuition fees at private kindergartens vary, but are usually more expensive than is the case with public kindergartens. It is important to get information about application procedures early. For further information, contact the nearest kindergarten directly.
(3) Elementary Schools
Compulsory education in Japan comprises six years of elementary education and three years of junior high school. Provided that your child possesses an alien registration certificate, you will receive a school entrance notice from your local ward office when your child becomes 6 years of age. Tuition fees are not charged at public schools, but the cost of school lunch and study materials, about 5,000 yen per month, will be charged to the parents.Fee exemption is available, depending on the income of the parents.
(4) International Schools
In Nagoya, there are two international schools based on the US school curriculum.
   Nagoya International School Tel.052-736-2025
   International Christian Academy of Nagoya Tel.0561-62-4196
If holders of ‘Dependent’ (family residence) visa status wish to remain in Japan after the expiration of their initial period of stay, they must apply for an extension at the Nagoya Immigration Bureau before the designated expiration date. If ‘dependents’ wish to work on a part-time basis, they are required to apply in advance for permission to participate in ‘activities not included in visa status’ at the Nagoya Immigration Bureau. The maximum hours of work, where permission is granted, are 28 hours per week.
4. Parenting
Delivering a baby and bringing her/him up in a new environment is a challenging but fulfilling experience for the parents. There are many considerations, such as selecting a hospital, the financial burden, and child-raising method.

The cost of checkups during the pregnancy and that of the delivery are not covered by national health insurance, and you will need to pay around 400,000--500,000 yen for these services. After delivery, a Child Allowance Grant of 420,000 yen *(as of 2016) is paid through the national health insurance. However, if the parents apply, the grant can be given to the hospital beforehand as part of the delivery fee.

Having and raising children requires the cooperation of family members, neighbors and friends. It is very important to have a good network for mutual assistance.

* After delivery, where the relevant childbirth facility is a member of the Obsterical Treatment Compensation System, a child allowance grant of 420,000yen (FY 2014) is paid to parents through the national health insurance.
5. Child Allowance
Child allowance may be available for parents with children up to the third grade of junior high school (from \5,000 to \15,000/month per child as of 2016).

For further information, contact the public welfare section of your ward office. Further information about child allowances and aid is available at the public welfare section of your ward office.
The City of Nagoya:  (Allowances and Aid)

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