Changes in Emergency Evacuation Information!


The evacuation information in the event of a disaster has been updated.  At the same time, please check the basic disaster information “Mie Prefecture Multilingual Evacuation Center Map”. (Mie-ken Tagengo Hinan-jo Map – 三重県多言語避難所マップ).

On May 2021, The Disaster Countermeasures Basic Law (Saigai Taisaku Kihon-ho – 災害対策基本法) has been amended to improve evacuation information in the event of a disaster.

The main amendment is that the Evacuation Advisory “Hinan Kankoku” and the Evacuation Order (emergency) “Hinan Shiji” had been unified into one and will just be called “Evacuation Order(Hinan Shiji)”.  Until now, the difference between the evacuation advisories and evacuation orders (emergency) was not fully understood, and that is the reason why many people were affected during disasters due to the delays in evacuating because they did not evacuate at the timing of the evacuation advisories where they should have evacuated.

To all the citizens of Mie

Take steps to protect yourself according to the evacuation information announced by the municipalities.

Alert Level 3 – Evacuation of the Elderly, etc.

It is a situation when there is a risk of a disaster occurring and people who need more time to evacuate, such as the elderly and people with disabilities, must flee away from dangerous places and evacuate.

Alert Level 4 – Evacuation Order

It is a situation where the risk of a disaster occurring is high.  Everyone must flee away from dangerous places and evacuate.

Alert Level 5 – Measures to Ensure Safety

It is a situation where a disaster is imminent or has already occurred and lives are at risk.  Find a safe place immediately.

Government Office: “Evacuate by Following the Evacuation Order. The Evacuation Recommendation has been abolished” (pamphlets are in Japanese only)

Province of Mie: “The Evacuation Information has been updated”

Mie Prefecture Multilingual Evacuation Sites Map

In Mie Prefecture’s Multilingual Evacuatio Site Map, there are informations about disasters and what to do when a disaster occurs.  The location of the evacuation sites can be checked through Google Maps.

Vehicle Tax 2021: Don’t forget to pay it by the deadline


The deadline to pay the vehicle tax this year is until May 31 (Monday).

Vehicle tax must be paid once a year by anyone who owns a vehicle.

This tax is used in various administrative services in Mie Prefecture such as: school education, improvements in health, medical care and welfare, public transport infrastructure, employment security, preventive measures against natural disasters, etc.

Mie Prefecture will send a blue envelope to all vehicle owners.

Take the “payment invoice” (noufusho-納付書) that will be inside the envelope to a financial institution or convenience store to make the payment.  In addition, the tax may also be paid by credit card (exclusive for Internet payment) or payment applications for smartphones.

If payment is not made by the due date, a “late payment (entaikin – 延滞金)” will be charged together with the amount specified on the invoice.  And, for those who do not make the payment even after receiving warning letters and other documents, the penalty determined by law will be applied, which includes, for example, the seizure of automobiles, salary, goods, possessions, etc.

Don’t forget to pay by May 31 (Monday).