Whatever you do: don´t panic. Japan is upmost safe. In fact I never felt this safe anywhere else in the world. However, if you are planning to go on an overseas trip, there are always certain situations you may not be able to take into account, may it be nature (e.g. typhoon) or bad luck (losing something).

I created a small emergency sheet for all of you out there who like to have some backup in an unlikely but misfortunate event. I recommend you to fold it, and keeping it either in your wallet, purse or backpack. It won´t need much time nor space and you may not need it at all, but if you do, you´ll be glad you got it, believe me. And yes, I know we all like to save such things online and on our mobile phones, but if the battery just died or you happened to lose your phone, you´ll be in trouble if you don´t have a backup.

Here´s the emergency sheet as pdf-file for you to download (Ver. 1.0)

If you feel there should be additional information to be put on it, I kindly ask you to send me a message (via the “comments”-tab) and I´ll extent that list. You should also add the telephone number of your respective embassy to it. You can find this list at the end of this page.

If you already have a emergency, please try to remain calm. Japan is one of the few countries in the world where you would want to end up having an emergency at. Even if you lost something of value, chances are very good you´ll get it back at either the lost and found – office at the nearest station or police box (“koban”). Try to remember where you´ve had it last, and ask at either the station or the koban the next day.

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Embassy telephone numbers in Japan:

Australia……………..03-5232-4111

Austria…………………03-3451-8281

Brazil……………………03-3404-5211

Canada…………………03-5412-6200

China……………………03-3403-3388

Finland…………………03-5447-6000

France………………….03-5798-6000

Germany………………03-5791-7700

India…………………….03-3262-2391

Ireland………………….03-3263-0695

Italy……………………….03-3453-5291

Netherlands………….03-5776-5400

New Zealand………..03-3467-2271

Norway…………………03-6408-8100

Poland………………….03-5794-7020

Russia…………………..03-3583-4224

South Korea…………03-3452-7611

Spain……………………..03-3583-8531

Switzerland…………..03-5449-8400

United Kingdom……03-5211-1100

U.S.A………………………03-3224-5000

 

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