Page ID: 65292

Updated: January 12, 2023


January 2023

Have you applied for the Emergency Support Benefit for Rising Prices of Electricity, Gas, Food, etc. ?

Information regarding this benefit is available in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Nepali.

Distributing the Tsunami Evacuation Guide (6th edition)

The newest edition of the Tsunami Evacuation Guide, a leaflet that provides an overview of tsunami inundation areas, evacuation sites, and other important information necessary for swift evacuation has been published. The guide will be distributed to all households in the middle of January. Some Tsunami Inundation Areas and evacuation sites have been changed. Please check the content of the leaflet, and prepare for tsunami disasters in advance.
Inquiries: Disaster Risk Reduction Promotion Section TEL: 022-214-3048

Notice Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination

  • In regards to vaccination of Omicron-adapted vaccines

Information regarding COVID-19 vaccination is available in easy Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Nepali.
Easy JapaneseEnglishChineseKoreanVietnameseNepali

Please be Sure to Prepare for Heavy Snowfall

Snowy season is coming soon. Please pay attention and cooperate with the following.

  1. Check the weather forecast using television or radio, etc.
  2. Be careful of injuries and accidents, and refrain from non-essential outings, as roads will be slippery during heavy snowfall.
  3. Keep fire hydrants and surrounding areas near your house clear of snow, so as to avoid blocking fire extinguishing activities.
  4. Do NOT dump snow onto roads, as it is a safety hazard which can cause traffic accidents.
  5. Avoid parking on the streets to facilitate snow-removal activities.

Inquiries: 1,2:Crisis Countermeasures Section TEL: 022-214-3049

3:Disaster Suppression Section, Fire Bureau TEL: 022-234-1111

4,5:Road Maintenance Section TEL: 022-214-8381

Inhabitant Tax Payments are Due on January 31 (Tue.)

Please make your forth Inhabitant Tax payment for FY 2022 at your nearest financial institution by January 31 (Tue.). If you are paying by bank transfer, the transaction will be made on January 31 (Tue.).
Inquiries: Tax Collection and Administration Section TEL: 022-214-1010

Subsidy Provided for those Paying for their HPV Vaccines Out of Pocket

The City of Sendai will provide a subsidy to those who paid to receive the HPV vaccines out of their own pockets, due to reasons such as exceeding the age range of eligibility for routine vaccination, when vaccination fees are borne by the government, as a result of the withholding of vaccination recommendation for HPV vaccines. This subsidy will cover the required expenses for HPV vaccines vaccination.

  • Eligibility: Individuals who have a resident record in Sendai City as of April 1 of 2022, and fulfill the following requirements.
  1. Women who were born between April 2 of 1997 and April 1 of 2005.
  2. Those who did not receive three vaccinations when they were within the age range of eligibility for routine vaccination, when vaccination fees are borne by the government (between 6th grade in elementary school to 1st year of high school).
  3. After exceeding the age range of eligibility for routine vaccination, those who received bivalent or quadrivalent vaccine(s) voluntarily at medical institutions in Japan by March 31 of 2022, and paid for the expenses out of their own pockets.
  4. For details on other requirements, please contact the office in charge.
  • Application period: Until March 31 (Mon.), 2025
  • For more details on information such as how to apply, please check the official website of the City of Sendai or contact the following office.
    Inquiries: Infectious Disease Countermeasures Office TEL: 022-214-8452

Accepting Claims for Free Early Childhood Education and Care

In order to receive the Free Early Childhood Education and Care subsidy, you must submit a claim to the City. Please complete the procedures if you are eligible.

  • Eligibility: Those who have the new class 2 or 3 Childcare Certificate and are using extended childcare services at kindergarten and centers for early childhood education and care, non-certified childcare facilities, temporary childcare services, childcare services for sick children, or Sendai Sukusuku ("Healthy Growth") Support Project.
  • Eligible period: From October 1 to December 31, 2022
  • Claim submission deadline: By January 20 (Fri.), 2023
  • For further details please see the official website of the City of Sendai or make an inquiry.

Inquiries: Sendai City Free Early Childhood Education and Care Office TEL: 022-214-8978

Enrollment into the National Pension System when turning 20

When a person turns 20 years old, they will receive a notification from the Japan Pension Service regarding "Notice of Enrollment into National Pension" informing them that they have been enrolled into the National Pension (excluding those who are already enrolled in the Employees' Pension Insurance system). The National Pension is not just for life post retirement, but also acts as a precautionary measure which secure payments for when one became disabled as a result of an accident or an illness; in the event that an enrolled person passed away, payments will be made to their family members. Please consult with us if you have difficulty in paying premiums, as there are reduction and exemption options available (income will be subject to screening).
Inquiries: National Health Insurance and Pension Section of Ward Offices and Miyagi General Branch
Public Health and Welfare Section of Akiu General Branch

Have you attended your Specified Health Check-up?

The period for attending the National Health Insurance Specified Health Check-up ends on January 31 (Tue.). Please get your Specified Health Check-up done as soon as possible, if you have not already done so.

  • Eligibility: Those who are enrolled in the National Health Insurance Scheme and are between 40-74 years old (as of March 31, 2023)
  • Things to bring: Check-up Coupon (they have been sent out), National Health Insurance Card
  • Please schedule your check-up at one of the designated medical institutions.
  • Those who have lost their National Health Insurance qualification at the time of medical examination are not eligible.
  • If you do not have the Specified Health Check-up Coupon on hand, please bring your Health Insurance Card to the Ward Office of your residence or General Branch and complete the reissuing procedures.

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

Have you Enrolled in the National Health Insurance ?

If you have withdrawn from your employee health insurance due to retirement, resignation or loss of employment, you must register to enroll in the National Health Insurance (unless you have opted to extend your health insurance or have become a dependent on a family member's employee health insurance.)
The day when you withdrew from your employee health insurance becomes your day of enrollment into the National Health Insurance, meaning that you will be charged with insurance premiums starting from that month, so even if you did not complete the necessary procedures for National Health Insurance enrollment immediately, you will be charged retroactively.
If you have yet to register, please do so as soon as possible.
Inquiries: National Health Insurance and Pension Section of Ward Offices and Miyagi General Branch, or Public Health and Welfare Section of Akiu General Branch

Sending of Notice of Medical Expenses for National Health Insurance

In January 2023, the City of Sendai will send out a notice listing the total amount of medical expenditures paid between January and October of 2022; the total amount for November and December will be sent out in March 2023.

  • The total amount of medical expenses paid is tax deductible. Please use the notice when filing for tax return.
  • This notice cannot be re-issued. Please make sure to store the letter in a safe place.

Inquiries: National Health Insurance and Pension Section of Ward Offices and Miyagi General Branch

Public Health and Welfare Section of Akiu General Branch

Currently Accepting Applications for Municipal Housing(For Single-parent households, Child-rearing households and households with multiple children)
―Applications Open Until January 16―

  • "Application Guide for Sendai City Municipal Housing" will be available from January 6 (Fri.) at the following locations:

Application Section of the Sendai City Construction Public Corporation (Sendai City Hall Kokubuncho Building 2nd Floor)

Shimin-no-Heya (Sendai City Hall 1st Floor)

Information Desk of each Ward Office

General Branches

Family and Resident Registration Section of Sendai Station Service Center, Aoba Ward Office (AER Building 5th Floor)

Certificate Issuance Center

Central Civic Center of each ward

Lifelong Learning Promotion Center

  • How to apply: Choose one municipal housing unit from the chart, fill out the application form attached to the Application Guide and mail the form in using the provided envelope by January 16 (Mon .). In the event that the number of applications exceeded that of available housing units, decisions will be made via lottery
  • Earliest move in date: March 30 (Thu.), 2023 (tentative)
  • Eligibility: Individuals who fulfill all of the following requirements
  1. Those who are facing difficulties in their current housing situation.
  2. Applicants whose household fall into any of the following categories:
    ・Single-parent household consisting of the applicant who is raising a child younger than the age of 20.
    ・Child-rearing household raising a preschooler.
    ・Multiple-children household with 3 or more children younger than the age of 18.
  3. Those who reside or work in Sendai City.

There are other conditions such as that one's income must be lower than a certain amount, etc. For more details, please see the Application Guide.

Although applications from individuals who resided in areas under evacuation orders by the 2011 nuclear disaster, evacuees who resided in areas eligible for support based on the Children and Victims Support Act, and victims of domestic violence and crimes are also accepted, application requirements may differ. Please inquire for further details.
Inquiries: Application Section of Sendai City Construction Public Corporation
TEL: 022-214-3604