Updated: September 20, 2016


April 2014

Financial assistance for school materials and lunch fees

Guardians of students attending public elementary or junior high schools or Sendai Seiryo Secondary School(lower secondary course only)who are having a hard time sending their children to school due to financial difficulties are eligible to apply for assistance.
Eligibility:Households with a yearly income below a given level
Households receiving a child-rearing allowance
Households that no longer receive a welfare allowance

For further information, please see the Sendai City Newsletter(Japanese version)or contact us.
Applications: Please contact your child’s school directly.
Inquiries: School Affairs Section Tel. 022-214-8861

Interest subsidies for National Education Loans

Sendai City will subsidize the interest paid on general education loans (National Education Loans) from the Japan Finance Corporation while your child is in high school.
Application Period: July1(Tues.) –December 19(Fri.)
Eligibility: Guardians of high school students who reside in Sendai.
Qualifications such as income and payment of city taxes apply.
Please see the Sendai City Newsletter(Japanese version)or contact the following office for details.
Inquiries: School Affairs Section Tel. 022-214-8861

The amounts of the Child-Rearing Allowance and Special Child- Rearing Allowance have changed

In accordance with a partial revision of the low, the amount of the allowances has changed from April as follows:
Child-Rearing Allowance
Full allowance: 41,020 yen/ month
Partial allowance: 9,680 – 41,010yen/ month
Special Child-Rearing Allowance(per child)
Child qualified to Level 1: 49,900 yen/ month
Child qualified to Level 2: 33,230 yen/ month
Inquiries: Home Health Section of Ward Offices
Public Health and Welfare Section of General Branch Offices

Medical check-up subsidy for National Health Insurance policyholders

Sendai City subsidizes basic health check-ups and cancer screenings for National Health Insurance policyholders.

For detailed information such as age requirements and subsidy amounts, please read the “Shimin-kenshin-no-moushikomi-annai“ (Medical Check-up Application Guide)distributed with the Sendai City Newsletter(Japanese version).

Inquiries: Home Health Section of Ward Offices
Public Health and Welfare Section of General Branch Offices

Exemption or postponement of National Pension payments can be applied retroactively for up to two years and one month before the month of application

From April, those having trouble paying National Pension premiums will be able to apply retroactively for exemption, student payment exceptions, and youth payment extensions for the period up to two years and one month before the month of application. If your application is approved, you will be granted an exemption from or extension on National Pension premiums.

Inquiries: National Health Insurance and Pension Section or Public heal and Welfare Section of any Ward Office or General Branch Office

Free Hepatitis Screenings at Registered Medical Institutions

It is common for people who have contracted hepatitis viruses to not notice any symptoms. Viral hepatitis may cause liver cancer or cirrhosis, so it is recommended to undergo blood screening for early detection and treatment of viral hepatitis.

  • Period: Until March 31, 2015
  • Eligibility: Those who have never received a hepatitis virus screening before.
  • Screening: Hepatitis B & C Viruses
  • Things to Bring: Health Insurance Card
  • Please contact your registered medical institution in advance. The list of registered medical institutions is available on Sendai City’s official website.
    Inquiries: Administration Section, Public Health and Welfare Center of your local Ward Office

Garbage collection during the Golden Week holiday season(April 29 to May 6) will be conducted as usual

Household waste, plastic containers and packaging, cans, glass bottles, PET bottles, dry cells and paper materials will be collected as usual on weekends and holidays. In accordance with the city rules, please set out your garbage at designated collection areas on designated collection days from early morning to 8:30 a.m.

Inquiries: Your local Environmental Office
Aoba Environmental Office Tel. 277-5300
Miyagino Environmental Office Tel. 236-5300
Wakabayashi Environmental Office Tel. 289-2051
Taihaku Environmental Office Tel. 248-5300
Izumi Environmental Office Tel. 773-5300
Waste Supervision Section Tel. 214-8227

Traffic Information for May 3 - May 5 : Traffic Control around Sendai Castle Site and Yagiyama Zoological Park and Shuttle Bus Services Available

Period of Traffic Control: 8:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., May 3 – May 5

For detailed information on the traffic control and shuttle bus services between Sendai station and Sendai Castle Site and/or Yagiyama Zoological Park, please see the Sendai City Newsletter (Japanese Version) or contact us.
Inquiries: Bicycle Riding Safety Section Tel. 090-8964-2660
Service Section of the Transportation Bureau Tel. 022-712-8318

BCG Vaccinations

Eligibility: BCG vaccinations are given to children under one year of age
(standard age for BCG vaccinations is five to seven months old).
Things to bring: Maternal and Child Health(MCH)Handbook, BCG vaccination coupon from the MCH Handbook voucher packet(please fill out and detach)
Please wait at least 28 days after your child receives a live vaccine(such as polio)or seven days after your child receives an inactive vaccine(such as DPT-IPV)for BCG vaccinations.
Please go directly to the vaccination site.
BCG vaccinations may be received outside your ward of residence.
For details, please contact:
Home Health Section of any Ward Office
Public Health and Welfare Section of any General Branch Office