Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wrapping up in Japan

May 30th
- My heavier luggage will be picked up by Yamato Transport. If you're moving boxes or luggage within Japan, takkyubin (宅急便) is a useful, cheap method of shipping available at most convenience stores. Nippon Express offers pretty good deals on international shipping (by boat, takes two months).

- Close Kagoshima Bank (鹿児島銀行) account

- My OCN/NTT joint internet fiberoptic account will be canceled, the modem removed. Side note - I beat the bureaucracy on this one by claiming I had no contacts left in Japan; as a result, they decided billing me the early cancellation fee (¥3500) wasn't worth the trouble.

- Go down to the local tax office and pay my taxes flowing over into the new fiscal year. All foreigners leaving Japan should do this (though I bet many forget and don't reap too many consequences). While there, hand in the completed form:

Declaration Naming a Person to Administer the Taxpayer's Tax Affairs (for use by aliens)

If you know a stable resident of Japan, you can designate them to process your tax refund for the lump-sum pension withdrawal. Once you receive the lump-sum withdrawal of your pension in your home bank account, you can mail the receipt to your tax manager, and have them claim the refund, which can be wired directly to their Japanese bank account. A little bit of paperwork, but it pays out.

Health Insurance and Pensions in Japan

May 31st
Depart Kagoshima by shinkansen. Arrive in Fukuoka and enjoy one last stay at the Greenland Espa capsule hotel.

June 1st - 4th
Relax in Fukuoka. June 2nd is my birthday. I do have to stop by the local Chinese Consulate for a visa application, though.

June 4th - 6th
Gradually make my way to Osaka. Plan to turn in my cell phone to any AU office and say goodbye to keitai.

June 6th
Depart at 12:00 PM on the Shanghai Ferry. I bought a first class ticket just so I could use the ofuro one last time. There's table tennis on board, and it should be a leisurely international trip. Only ¥21,500 for 2nd class, ¥26,500 for 1st class. Hand in my gaijin card to immigration authorities, as I will be leaving the country for good.

June 8th
Arrive in Shanghai at 12:00 PM. Catch a cab to the train station and see if any tickets to Beijing are available for that night. If so, head out that evening. If not, I will have a backup place to crash courtesy of Couchsurfing.

Train tickets for Chinese railways can be purchased up to nine days beforehand:
(Useful for departure times, but charges twice as much as the train station attendants would; purchase in China if possible)

June 9th - 13th
Mail in Japanese pension paperwork. Stay in Beijing with my brother. Head to Hong Kong on Friday by train.

June 14th - 16th
Hong Kong. Will try to arrange two nights of accommodations with Couchsurfing and check out the nightlife. Fly out of Hong Kong International Airport at 2:35 PM on Monday, June 16th.

June 16th - August
Arrive in Phuket and begin work with the Thai Mueang Volunteers.

August - ???
Once my volunteering duties are finished, will look for work in the Chiang Mai area, or other parts of Thailand that might appeal to me.

During this time, the 脱退一時金支給決定通知書 (Notice of the Lump-sum Withdrawal Payment) should be mailed to my home address. I can then mail this original, NOT a copy, to my tax manager in Japan, along with a completed 確定申告書 (final tax report) to receive the tax refund.

Two weeks left in Kagoshima. さよなら日本... but not yet.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the tips.

So, what happens to your blog once you move to Thailand?

Phil from up the road.

Turner said...

The blog will stay up, and I hope to reformat it to encompass my worldwide travels.