What to do in an emergency (if you suffer a serious injury or suddenly become ill)


2012/12/07 Friday Health

Many non-Japanese residents living in Japan may not be sure of where or how to get help during an emergency. Do you know how to call an ambulance in Japan? Do you know which hospitals to go to when you need medical attention on weekends, holidays, or at night?

Calling an ambulance in Japan

When you dial 119, the dispatcher will make some questions so they can prepare the ambulance crew according to need, but in high-risk cases, the ambulance will help to even before finishing all of the following questions.
Do not panic and try to respond calmly.

Sample conversation with attendant (pdf file)

Seeking medical attention on weekends, holidays and at night

There are emergency clinics available in the event that you require immediate medical attention on the weekend, on a holiday, or at night. If you require immediate medical attention and do not know which emergency clinics are open, please call the Emergency Clinic Information Center nearest you.



Toin-cho Kisosaki-cho Inabe Kuwana           0594-23-1199
Asahi-cho, Yokkaichi Kawagoe           059‐353-1199
Komono           059-393-1199
Suzuka           059-382-1199
Kameyama           0595-82-1199
Tsu           059‐256-1199
Matsusaka   Taki  Meiwa           0598-26-1199
Taiki Odai-cho Minamiise           0598-82-1199
Tamaki-cho Watarai-cho Ise           0596-28-1199
Toba           0599-25-1199
Minami-cho Ise Shima           0599-43-1199
Iga           0595-24-1199
Nabari           0595-64-1199
Owase Kihoku-cho           0597-22-1199
Kiho-cho, Mihama-cho, Kumano           0597-89-1199


You can also search for hospitals using an automated voice guidance system by calling the following number:

0800-100-1199Toll Free

More Info:
Medical Information Center of Mie.

(Informations in Japanese and English)

Ending Tax Delinquency in Mie Prefecture

2012/12/07 Friday Health

ストップ!県税滞納 ~12月・1月は県税の「差押強化月間」です~

Ending Tax Delinquency in Mie Prefecture:

Intensified collection and seizure of assets belonging to tax delinquents during the months of December and January

Failure to pay taxes owed to the prefecture not only puts financial strain on the prefecture and negatively affects public services, it is also unfair to those who fulfill their tax obligations.

The eight prefectural tax offices in Mie will be conducting thorough tax collection and asset seizures in accordance with the law during the months of December and January. These seizures of assets are aimed at individuals who refuse to pay prefectural taxes, despite having the financial means to do so.

The details of this period of intensified collection and seizure can be found below.

1 Duration  December 2012~January 2013 (2 months)

2 Initiative Details

         (1)Collection and seizure procedures:

Individuals who have not paid their taxes will receive a notice warning them about the possibility of collection and seizure. Individuals who do not pay the amount that they owe voluntarily after receiving this notice will have their savings, assets, salary, sales earnings, life insurance benefits, motor vehicle, and/or real estate holdings seized.

※In the event of motor vehicle seizure, a wheel clamp or “boot” may be attached to the vehicle to prevent operation.

※Seized motor vehicles and real estate will be sold via internet auction, and the funds acquired will be used to pay the individual’s unpaid taxes.

      (2)Increasing public awareness about the initiative:

Banners announcing this initiative will be displayed at the Mie Prefectural Government Building and at each Prefectural Office Building.

3 Miscellaneous  

All individuals who have failed to pay taxes owed to the Prefectural Tax Office are eligible for collection and seizure. However, this initiative will focus particularly on individuals who have failed to pay a large portion of the motor vehicle taxes that they owe.

(Definition of terms and additional information)

○Collection and seizure:

The process of valuing, confiscating, and converting (to cash) assets belonging to an individual who has failed to pay taxes, despite being sent warnings after the payment period has expired. Funds acquired through this process are used to pay the amount in taxes owed by the individual.

○Main taxes collected by the Prefectural Tax Office:

Motor Vehicle Tax, Individual Enterprise Tax, Real Estate Acquisition Tax, etc.

○Motor vehicle tax collection statistics for the April 2012-March 2013 fiscal year (as of October 2012)

Collection rate 98.1%

Total value of unpaid taxes approximately 530,000,000 yen

○Number of collection and seizure cases during the April 2011-March 2012 fiscal year  

5,755 cases (1,841 cases from December 2011 to January 2012)