Often referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun,” Japan is made up of more than 6,800 islands. Our latest Cartus Market Watch explores the typical challenges that some international assignees may encounter during their relocation to Japan, including schooling, climate, and cultural differences.
Located in East Asia, the four largest Japanese islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which collectively make up around 97 percent of the country’s land area. Japan is a major economic and political power on the world stage, with many international assignees frequenting Tokyo and other major cities including Yokohama, Osaka, and Nagoya.
If you’re moving to Japan with children, we recommend that you do not assume that a school place will be secured in your first-option school. Some international schools may not accept children who cannot speak fluent English, so this is also a consideration when making applications. A top tip would be to apply to schools as far in advance as possible, so once the assignment has been scheduled, start researching schools in the area you’re moving to. From an organization’s perspective, authorizations for school assistance need to be sent to your relocation service provider as soon as possible.