Useful Links for Foreigners in Japan


We found some useful source of information available in English.

Please share this information with your friends and family, and let’s get through this difficult time together. (We will update this page when we find new links: Last updated March 15, 12:15)

Please be reminded that each website below is updated by their own schedule so visit them frequently to get the most up-to-date information.

1.  Facebook Top page: http://www.facebook.com/

If you have a Facebook account, use this to check real-time info about the earthquakes and related information.  Run by Facebook Management team, it provides the update on those information most affecting foreigners and visitors in Japan. Right now, they have information about the power outage and train operation.

2. Google people finder:

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fjapan.person-finder.appspot.com%2F%3Flang%3Den&h=9b00f

Good news for IPhone users!  We know that IPhone does not support users to leave message on Softbank’s emergency message board.  Use Google’s people finder, to leave message and check others’ messages.  The website supports Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese.

3. Timeout: http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/feature/2530/Japan-earthquake-live-report

This website has comprehensive information for survival in Tokyo and around.  Information covers from how to check area of power outage on TEPCO website, updated train schedule, emergency contact phone numbers, how to be prepared for earthquakes, to shelters in Tokyo you can stay overnight, how to secure drinks from vending machines in case of emergency( only in urgent need please!)

4. Embassy website:
British: http://ukinjapan.fco.gov.uk/en/
French: http://www.ambafrance-jp.org/ (only in French)
US: http://japan.usembassy.gov/

Embassy information is not for its own nationals!  Information for each embassy might be slightly different, but it is always good to have more information source than less, and to use your judgment as to what to do.  They often have their own insights as to accidents at nuclear facilities.

5. Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/home/asia

The information might not be the latest, but it is always good to check validity of stories you hear from friends and over web with foreign media.

6. Open evacuation areas/shelters in Tokyo

Tokyo Metropolitan Government “Outline of Evacuation Sites and Roads
at Earthquake Fire (Ward Areas)”:

http://www.toshiseibi.metro.tokyo.jp/bosai/hinan/pdf/hinanbasyo_douro.pdf

Meguro-ku:
http://www.city.meguro.tokyo.jp/english/disastersurvivalmanual/files/chapter
5_Become.pdf

Minato-ku:
http://www.city.minato.tokyo.jp/e/liv/prepa/evac/index.html

7.  Meal and Water Supply, Evacuation Places, Cell phone charge stations in Tohoku region (user-generated website): http://bit.ly/hKcDQw

From mobile: http://goo.gl/Fp7I4

Without map image: http://goo.gl/hf8ZO

If you have friends and families in the area, check and inform them the nearest location they can receive supplies.  The website use google map, so even if you are not familiar with the area, you can provide detailed direction as to how to get there.

8. Confirmation on safety of foreigners living in Japan

The Japan Red Cross and the International Committee for the Red Cross have established websites to confirm safety of foreigners living in Japan.

http://www.familylinks.icrc.org/

9. Phone messages in case of emergency for confirmation of safety

You can post messages via your mobile phone provider. Family and friends who know your mobile phone company can check its website below and type in your phone number to see any message you have left. (Currently available only in Aomori, Miyagi, Yamagata and Fukushima prefectures)

For Docomo users: http://dengon.docomo.ne.jp/top.cgi

For KDDI (Ezweb) users: http://dengon.ezweb.ne.jp/

For Softbank users: http://dengon.softbank.ne.jp/

For Wilcom users: http://dengon.willcom-inc.com/dengon/Top.do

For Emobile users: http://dengon.emnet.ne.jp/

NTT emergency voice message board: Dial 171

10. Useful links to official sites for the disaster-related information etc.

Though the list of links  is in Japanese.  You might want to show it to your neighbors who read Japanese to check out official information for you.

By Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications: http://www.e-gov.go.jp/link/disaster.html

11. Consultation service for foreigners in devastated areas

<Iwate Prefecture>

Prefectural International Cultural Association:019 654 8900 (Everyday 9:00-17:30) In English/Chinese

*Information about safety of foreigners can be checked here: http://iwate‐ia.or.jp/

<Miyagi Prefecture>

Miyagi Consultation Service Center for Foreigners (Everyday 9:00-20:00)

In Chinese: 080 1653 1725

In Korean: 080 1653 1726

In English 080 1653 1724

In Portugues: 080 1653 1727

In Tagalog: 090 7334 4098

In Japanese: 090 5180 5343

<Fukushima Prefecture>

Prefectural International Cultural Association “Earthquake Information Center:” 024 521 7183 (From Monday to Friday, 9:00-116:30) In English/Chinese

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