Is it an “electric bike” a bicycle? Or is it a motorcycle?


2023/10/17 Tuesday Announcements, Security

Some bicycles commonly sold as “electric bicycles” (dendo jitensha) or “full electric bicycles” (full dendo jitensha) fall into the category of “pedal-powered motorized bicycles” and are different from steering-assist bicycles (so-called bicycles with motorized assistance – dendo assist jitensha).

A “pedal-powered bicycle” is a vehicle that uses a prime mover with full displacement or rated power as specified in the Road Traffic Law Enforcement Regulations, and that is operated without overhead rails or wires, and that can also be driven by human power using pedals.

Devices that look like bicycles but are powered by electric motors or other motive force without pedaling are members of the “motorcycle” family and are commonly known as “mopeds.”  Even if a person uses only human power to pedal a “moped”, by flipping a switch or other means, he or she is not riding a bicycle but a motorized bicycle or similar vehicle.

As a moped is a motorized bicycle, you can be punished for driving without a license or insurance, so check carefully before using it.

To drive a moped on public roads, you must have the following:

  1. Driver’s license
  2. Helmet
  3. A nameplate
  4. Civil liability insurance
  5. Comply with security standards.

For more information, click here → Mie Road Safety Information

Contact (in Japanese only)

Mieken Kankyo Seikatsubu Kurashi Koutsu Anzen-ka Koutsu Anzen-han (三重県 環境生活部 くらし・交通安全課 交通安全班)

TEL: 059-224-2410

Housing consultation sessions (Information from Mie Prefectural Residential Support Committee)

2023/10/17 Tuesday Announcements, Security


The Mie Prefectural Residential Support Committee (Mieken Kyoju Shien Renraku-kai) holds housing consultation meetings for people who need help finding housing (mainly for the elderly, people with disabilities, foreign residents, etc.).

In fiscal year 2023, consultation meetings are scheduled to be held at the following locations.  Anyone can receive consultations free of charge.

An advance request may be required, so please contact the responsible body for each consultation session in advance.

*Please contact the respective responsible body, as it may be possible to attend on the day of the appointment, depending on availability.

Date Time Location of consultation Advance reservation period Contact
(for consultation reservation)
October 30, 2023 (Monday) ①10:00~12:00


Room 1205 on the 12th floor of the main building of Suzuka City Hall

(Suzuka-shi Kanbe-shi 1-18-18)

October 2 (Monday) until October 27, 2023 Suzuka-shi Toshi Seibi-bu Jutaku Seisaku-ka (鈴鹿市都市整備部住宅政策課)


November 18, 2023 (Saturday) ①10:30~12:30


Near the stairs in front of Aeon Town Yokkaichi Tomari’s KIDS REPUBLIC

(Yokkaichi-shi Tomari Koyanagi-cho 4-51)

End of October until November 10, 2023 (Friday) Yokkaichi-shi Toshi Seibi-bu Toshi Keikaku-ka (四日市市都市整備部都市計画課)


November 25, 2023 (Saturday) ①10:00~12:00


Meeting room 3 on the 2nd floor of Tsu Region Plaza

(Tsu-shi Nishi Marunouchi 23-1)

October 2 (Monday) until November 24, 2023 (Friday) Tsu-shi Toshi Keikaku-bu Toshi Seisaku-ka (津市都市計画部都市政策課)


November 26, 2023 (Sunday) ①10:00~12:00


Large Meeting Room on the 5th floor of Kuwana City Hall

(Kuwana-shi Chuo-cho 2-37)

No advance reservation required Kuwana-shi Toshi Seibi-bu Toshi Kanri-ka (桑名市都市整備部 都市管理課 )


December 2, 2023 (Saturday) 13:30~16:30 Nabari City General Welfare Center “Fureai” 2nd floor exhibition hall

(Nabari-shi Marunouchi 79)

No advance reservation required Nabari-shi Toshi Seibi-bu Eizen Jutaku-shitsu (名張市都市整備部営繕住宅室)


Nabari Kurashi Anshin Center (なばり暮らしあんしんセンター)


December 3, 2023 (Sunday) ①10:00~12:00


Large Meeting Room on the 3rd floor of Kameyama City Hall

(Kameyama-shi Honmaru-cho 577)

No advance reservation required Kameyama-shi Kensetsu-bu Kenchiku Jutaku-ka(亀山市建設部建築住宅課)


[Mie Prefectural Residential Support Committee Secretariat (Mieken Kyoju Shien Renraku-kai)]

*Service in Japanese only.  To pre-register for a housing consultation, please contact the locations listed in the table above.

Mieken Kendo Seibi-bu Jutaku Seisaku-ka (三重県県土整備部住宅政策課)

TEL 059-224-2720