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Moving in Japan

Ben is getting ready to move for the first time in Japan after being transferred to a branch office of his company. He asks his friend Myung-wha for some advice.

Myung-wha
Hi Ben. What are you running around for?
Ben
Hi Myung-wha! Well, I have recently been transferred to the Kansai branch office and need to move before the beginning of April.
Myung-wha
That sure makes you busy. I was once given a sudden transfer and got really panicked too.
Ben
Fortunately I already have a place to live as the company is offering a room in the company housing. I just don't know where to start to get ready for moving.
Myung-wha
Well, first, you need to decide on the mover you want to use. I recommend that you get a quote from different moving companies.
Ben
Does it really matter which moving company I use?
Myung-wha
Their services and pricing are different depending on the company. Some offer a discount for a single person because of the rather small amount of things to move. Others may be a bit more pricy but may include packing and wrapping services. You should choose one that best fits your needs.
Ben
What about utilities, such as electricity, gas, and water?
Myung-wha
You need to contact each company and let them know in advance that you are moving. Once you move to a new place, you can start using electricity and water simply by sending a postcard to the service companies. The postcards should be provided at your new residence. For gas, however, you need to call the company and make an arrangement so that one of their technicians can come to your place to open the gas main. Depending on the region to which you are moving, the utility companies for your new place may be different from those for your previous residence. In such a case, new arrangements need to be made for payment especially if you are using an automatic payment through your bank account.
Ben
I see. How about mail?
Myung-wha
You can make an arrangement with Japan Post for forwarding mail to your new address for one year after the date you move out. An online application is available too.

Ben seems to be a bit overwhelmed with the many things he has to do for the moving.

Ben
What else do I have to do after I move to a new place?
Myung-wha
First, you need to go to the city office in charge of the area you live to register your new address on your Alien Registration Card. This process for address change has to be done within 14 days after you move.
Ben
I suppose I need to update the address on my drivers' license too.
Myung-wha
Right, you can do so at a police station or drivers license center in your area. Make sure you also report your new address to your bank, credit card company, and such.
Ben
There are so many things I have to do.
Myung-wha
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help your packing. If you have any items that you need to get rid of, you can sell those to recycle shops and used bookstores and such.
Ben
Thanks for your great tips!