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Avoiding Troubles

Driving license and Insurance

It is possible for you to drive in Japan if you shift the driving license you got in your own country to Japan's driving license. However, the condition that at least 3 months stay in your own country after you got your license is essential for shifting and only the driving license in valid could be shifted. You must prepare your foreign driver's license along with a Japanese translation of it, your passport and residence card, 1 picture, and the fee (4,150 yen for automobiles, and 5,050 yen for motorcycles). Japanese translation could be made by ambassador or JAF in each city in Japan.
When you drive a car, you should confirm whether it had been carried insurance, the two kinds of insurances you have to confirm are 'automobile liability insurance' and 'optional insurance'. If not, you must not drive the car. Usually, compensation are only limited to owner's family. Besides, in the case of buying car by yourself, your car should be carried not only obligatory insurance, but optional insurance as well and update these insurance policies every year. When you plan to buy car, please take fee of insurance into account besides the price of car.

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