Non-Japanese residents are also welcome to join neighborhood associations!
Neighborhood associations are organizations made up of local residents. Neighborhood associations do a range of things to encourage interaction between people who live in the same community. It is up to you whether you join. Of course, non-Japanese residents are more than welcome to join. By joining, you will be able to work alongside others and make new friends, making your life in Japan even more enjoyable. So please get involved and help make a difference to your community!
Kinds of activities carried out by neighborhood associations
Helping make the community a more pleasant place to live for all
Festivals and sports days
Bon festival dance
Neighborhood associations hold a range of festivals and events, the nature of which depends on where you live. Festivals provide a great opportunity to find out about Japanese culture, including Bon Festival dancing, portable shrines, and rice cake pounding.
Community cleanup activities
Neighborhood associations work to help keep garbage collection sites and streets clean, as well as to raise awareness on how to properly sort and dispose of garbage.
Please help to keep your community clean.
A nearby source of mutual support in times of hardship
Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. And in recent years, it has suffered extensive damage due to torrential rain, etc. In times of hardship, everyone works to help each other out regardless of nationality. So it is important to get to know people in your community on a day-to-day basis.
Some neighborhood associations hold emergency drills to help people prepare for times of disaster. Please get involved and learn what to do in the event of a disaster.
Some neighborhood associations keep a stock of provisions such as water, food and equipment like portable toilets to prepare for times of disaster.
Taking steps to protect your own community
Looking out for children
Children are a community's treasures. Every day, members of neighborhood associations are positioned along streets to keep watch over children as they walk to school and ensure they arrive safely.
Neighborhood watch patrols
Neighborhood watch patrol
Neighborhood associations patrol their community's streets to help protect people from crime. They inform the police about any accidents or incidents which take place in your community. Please work with members of your community to help make it a safe and pleasant place to live.
How to join a neighborhood association
To join a neighborhood association, please ask an executive member of your local neighborhood association or your ward office's Community Promotion Division for more information.
When you join a neighborhood association, you need to pay a membership fee. This costs a few hundred yen per month. The money raised through this membership fee is used to help make your community a safe and pleasant place to live, such as through disaster prevention, crime prevention and town beautification activities.
Telephone numbers of ward office Community Promotion Divisions
Where to inquire
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