Page ID: 74305

Updated: May 10, 2024



Riding Your Bicycle Safely

The City of Sendai has put into effect the“Sendai City’s Ordinance on Bicycle Safety”, which sets in place certain rules that must be followed by all people cycling in the city. Please make sure you have taken all the necessary precautions in advance, and ride your bicycle safely in accordance with the traffic rules. 
The ordinance requires bicycle riders to“make their best effort to wear a helmet.”
Riding your bicycle with a helmet could be what saves your life.
Enrolling in“bicycle liability insurance”is also mandatory. Make sure to register for insurance in order to protect yourself in the case of an unlikely event. 

Have You Applied for Anti-inflation Emergency Support Benefit for Low-income Households Yet?

Information regarding this benefit is available in Easy Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Nepali. If you have not completed your application, please do so before the deadline at your earliest convenience. 

See (1) regarding the payment of the Anti-inflation Emergency Support Benefit for Low-income Households. 
See (2)regarding the payment of the Anti-inflation Emergency Support Benefit for Low-income Households (Households Subject to Per Capita Resident Tax Only) and Additional Child Benefit.

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Tax Notices

FY 2024 Taxation/Tax Exemption Certificates for Inhabitant Tax (Income Certificates) to be Issued

Certificates are issued by the municipality in which you were residing on January 1st, 2024.
The issuing dates for FY 2024 is as follows.
●Those who are exempt from taxes, and those who have inhabitant taxes directly deducted from their salary.
【Place of issue : 】 
・Ward offices starting from May 10 (Fri)
・Convenience stores starting from May 19 (Sun)
●Those who will pay inhabitant taxes after receiving the notice of payment, and those whose inhabitant taxes will be deducted from their pension.
【Place of issue: 】
・Ward offices and convenience stores starting from June 7 (Fri)
Contacts:Taxation Section 022-214-8622/Taxation and Accounting Section of Ward Offices, Taxation and Resident Registration Section of General Branches
General Affairs Section of Akiu General Branch

Are There Any Municipal Taxes You Have Forgotten to Pay?

Have you paid all your municipal taxes for FY2023? Please consult the relevant office as soon as possible if are having any difficulties paying taxes. 
Northern Tax Levy Section【Aoba Ward】022-214-8152【Izumi Ward】022-214-5027
Southern Tax Levy Section【Miyagino/ Wakabayashi Ward】022-214-8153【Taihaku Ward】022-214-8154

Information on the Support System for Tuition Fee Loans for High Schools and Other Educational Institutions .

Borrowers of Educational General Finance Loans from the Japan Finance Corporation (National Education Loans) can receive a subsidy to cover part of the interest on the loan accrued during the student's enrollment in an educational institution such as a high school.

  • Application Period: From July 1(Mon) to December 6(Fri)
  • Eligibility: Guardians of students enrolled in high schools or other educational institutions, who are living in Sendai City.
  • Conditions: Complete/full payment of inhabitant taxes, etc.

Inquiries:School Affairs Section TEL: 022-214-8861

Gift of Money for the Third Child and Onwards upon Entry to Elementary School

  • Eligibility: Guardians of elementary school students (that are the third child and onwards) who entered school in FY 2024, and are living in Sendai City as of May 1st.
  • Payment amount: 30,000 yen.
  • Application deadline: No later than May 31(Fri) 2024 
  • How to apply:Please refer to the notice which will be distributed through elementary schools, or contact the following office directly for more details.

Inquires:Children's Health and Welfare Section TEL: 022-214-2133

Do Not Forget to Enroll in the National Pension Program When Leaving Your Job

You must enroll in the National Pension Program if you are aged 20-59 years old, leave your job and as a result lose your qualification to receive an employee pension. If you have a spouse who is your dependent, your spouse must also enroll in the National Pension Program.
If you are 60 years old or younger and are the spouse of an individual who is 60-65 years old and enrolled in Employee Pension Insurance , you will be required to enroll in the National Pension Program when your spouse retires.
Inquiries: National Health Insurance and Pension Section of Ward Offices or Miyagi General
Branch Office, Public Health and Welfare Section of Akiu General Branch Office

Currently Accepting Applications for Municipal Housing (for Single Parent Households, Child-rearing Households, and Households with Multiple Children) : Applications Open until May 16

  • The“Application Guide for Sendai City Municipal Housing” is available from May 2 (Thu) at the following locations:
    Application Section of the Sendai City Construction Public Corporation, Sendai City Hall Kokubuncho Building 2nd Floor
    Sendai Information Center (Sendai City Hall 2nd Floor)
    Information Desk of each ward office
    General branches
    Family and Resident Registration Section of the Aoba Ward Office Sendai Station Service Center (AER Building 5th Floor)
    Certificate Issuance Centers
    Central Civic Center of each ward
    Lifelong Learning Promotion Center
  • How to apply: Choose one municipal housing unit from the table, fill out the application form attached to the application guide and mail it in the provided envelope by May 16 (Thu). In the event that the number of applications exceeds that of available housing, decisions will be made via lottery.
  • Earliest move-in date: July 25 (Thu), 2024  (tentative)
  • Eligibility: Individuals who fulfill all of the following requirements

(1)The applicant’s household falls into any of the following categories:
・Single-parent households where the applicant is raising a child younger than the age of 20.
・Households in which there is a preschooler.
・Households with 3 or more children younger than the age of 18.
(2)Those who are facing difficulties in their current housing situation.
(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 .
For more details, please see the“Application Guide for Sendai City Municipal Housing”. 
Although applications from individuals who resided in areas under evacuation orders due to 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

AIDS and Syphilis Testing

  • Anonymous testing available.
  • Reservation required.
  • How to apply:
    Reservations can be made by calling the dedicated reservation line (TEL: 090-4478-4641), between 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, from two weeks before the testing date up until the day before the testing, or from the official website of the City of Sendai.

(1)Rapid Testing of AIDS and Syphilis:
Date: June 8 (Sat) 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m./ 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Aoba Ward Office
(2)Holidays Rapid Testing of AIDS and Syphilis:
Date: June 1 (Sat) 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Venue: Koseikan Health Consultation Office (1-1-5, Miyamachi, Aoba-ku)
(3)Night-time Rapid Testing of AIDS and Syphilis:
Date: May 24 (Fri) and June 14(Fri) 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
Venue: Koseikan Health Consultation Office (1-1-5, Miyamachi, Aoba-ku)
The test taker will be directly informed of the results about one hour after blood samples have been taken. (In the case of indeterminate results, the test taker will be notified of the results at a later date.)
Capacity: Testing service (1)is limited to approximately 25 people, while (2)and(3) are limited to approximately 30 people, all on a first-come-first-served basis.
Inquiries:Infectious Disease Countermeasures Section
TEL: 022-214-8029

Declaration Form Relating to National Health Insurance Premiums to be Sent Out

There is a system available for reduction of National Health Insurance premiums for households whose total income falls below a certain threshold. A declaration form will be sent out in mid-May that must be submitted by May 22 (Wed), 2024, if the National Health Insurance Premiums of your household were reduced in the previous fiscal year, and the City of Sendai was unable to determine the total income of your household for 2023.
Inquiries: National Health Insurance and Pension Section of Ward Offices and Miyagi General Branch, Public Health and Welfare Section of Akiu General Branch

Persons Who Were Not Eligible to Receive Child Allowance in FY 2023 May be Eligible in FY 2024. 

Individuals who meet both conditions (1) and (2) may be eligible for Child Allowance starting from June 2024. 

  • Conditions: (1)Those who were not eligible for Child Allowance in FY 2023 due to having exceeded the income limit in 2022. (2) Those whose income in 2023 was below the income limit. 
  • You must submit an application in order to receive Child Allowance. Please contact the following office for further details. 
  • The latest information on the abolition of the income limit due to system reforms, which are scheduled to be implemented during FY 2024, will be published on the City’s official website following announcements from the national government.

Inquiries:Childcare and Benefit Subsection of each ward office, Public Health and Welfare Section of general branches