(Event colors correspond to event type. Blue are events run by NCIEF. Green are run by other groups. Gold are run by the city or other large facilities. Red are deadlines or tests.)
Table of Contents
- General Bulletins
- Art Exhibits
- Education Related
- Consultation Services
- General Reference for Life in Japan
CrossPal Niigata Parking Lot Closure
CrossPal Niigata will have parking equipment work done on Tuesday, October 24th. During that time you will not be able park there.
Date: October 24th (Tue)
Place: CrossPal Niigata parking lot
Business Start-up Support for Non-Japanese in Niigata City
There are various things that they can help with but the main two benefits of the new support program are that foreigners can get.
- Special 6 month residency status while setting up the business.
- Support while planning/establishing their business.
For more info: call 025-226-1620, search the web for “ 新潟市 創業 外国人 ” or email email@example.com
Ikutopia Shoku Hana Growing Illumination 2017 ~SUMMER~
It is one of Niigata’s Three Greater Summer Illuminations and takes over the garden at Ikutopia.
Date: July 1st (Sat) ~ September 24th (Sun) 18:00~21:00
Place: Ikutopia Shoku Hana (Seigoro Chuo Ward)
Fee: General- ￥500 Junior High/Elementary- ￥300
For more info call: 025-384-8732
Current Exhibition in the NCIEF Salon
～ South Korean Exhibition ～
Date: September 1st (Fri) ~ October 27th (Fri) 9:00~17:00
Closed: Sundays, Holidays, and the 4th Mon. of every month
Place: Niigata International Friendship Center (Crosspal 2F)
For more info: 025-225-2727(NCIEF)
School Support for Non-Native Speakers (Elementary – High School)
Is your child struggling in school? The Nico Pal Club and R’s are two volunteer groups that provide educational support to non-native speakers attending Japanese schools. Tutoring and support is available at CrossPal Niigata every Saturday from 10:00 to 14:30. Contact NCIEF for more information.
Financial Assistance to Elementary & Junior High School
Niigata city provides enrollment support such as purchasing stationaries, lunch fee, medical fee, school trip fee, for families that earn less than a certain income level.
Please consult with your child’s school for more information.
Niigata Help Association
Every Day: 9:00-23:00
Spanish, English, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Chinese, etc.
Niigata International Association
English: Thu 10:00~14:00 Thai: Tue 10:00-14:00
Chinese: 1st, 3rd, 5th Wed 10:00-14:00
Niigata Medical Care Information Network
URL: http://qq.niigata-iyaku.jp/ Site available
in Japanese Only
Hello Work, Foreigner Advisory Service
Address: No.2 Niigata-Misaki Government Building (1-2-1 Misaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi)
1st ~ 4th Wed 13:30-16:00
English & Chinese
Niigata Prefectural Gyosei Shoshi (Administrative Clerk) Main Office Free Consultation for Foreign Nationals (Reservations Required)
- Niigata Prefectural Gyosei Shoshi Niigata Branch Office
Date: September 17th (Sun) 11:00~15:00
Place: Higashi Ward Plaza (Higashi Ward)
Contact: 070-1189-8555 (Ms.Aiba)
- Gyoseishoshi Association of Niigata
Date: September 20th (Wed) 10:00~14:00
Place: Toki Messe
Contact: 025-290-5650 (Gyoseishoshi Association of Niigata)
Free Legal Consultation for Foreign Residents
Need legal advice? Typically about once every two months there will be an opportunity to visit with a lawyer and receive free consultation regarding legal matters. If you don’t speak Japanese, then an interpreter will be provided for you.
Dates for this Fiscal Year: (Fri) Aug 25th, Oct 20th, Feb 16th
Place: CrossPal Niigata 2nd floor
Requirements: Must be non-Japanese resident living and working in Niigata
Language Support Available: English, Chinese, Korean, French, and Russian
Places Available: 5 (reservations required) Length of Consultation: 45 min/ person
Reservations: Please tell us your name, nationality, phone number, sex, and what you wish to discuss.
For more info/reservations: 025-225-2727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpline for Foreigners
TEL: 0120-279-338 Call the toll-free number and press 2 after the Japanese guidance
TELL (Tokyo English Life Line Japan)
Provides free phone counseling between the hours of 9:00AM and 11:00PM.
Their website also provides a nationwide healthcare index and other useful information.
Life Line: 03-5774-0992
International Mental Health Professionals Japan (IMHPJ)
IMHPJ is an association that maintains a useful index of certified international mental health professionals.
—General Reference for Life in Japan—
Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese) – the unconventional how-to guide for living in Japan is an extensive blog and an excellent Japan resource. If you’re having trouble, or just want a reference, check out this site; you might be surprised what you find.
CLAIR provides a general guide to life in Japan, including information on visas, medical care, and more.