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Do you know the activities in community centers? ~Take on a new challenge!~

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Community and civic centers are facilities that citizens can use for public purposes such as activities for learning and gatherings of independent groups. Personal computer and health classes, yoga, calligraphy, flower arrangement (ikebana), English conversation classes are held and offers a place where children can spend time, where citizens can conduct their club activities and where lifetime courses are held. Joining is easy, inexpensive, and you can even make friends in your community. Let’s inquire on what kind of activities are offered in city halls and community centers! For those who like sports, classes and club activities such as gymnastics, judo, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, swimming, etc. are held at municipal and prefectural gymnasiums. Inquire at city halls and other public facilities for details.

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Before deciding to have a pet

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Pets are sold in pet shops, but dogs and cats without an owner are given protection by animal protection centers, and by registering, one can become a foster parent for these animals (Some animals are banned from being kept as pets, according to the law.) You should discuss about possible allergies with members of the family, and the lifelong responsibility of keeping a pet. Those who live in apartments or rented houses should check the terms of their occupancy, etc. Pets may become ill and grow old, and medical expenses may likewise become costly, so take into consideration the financial burden that you will have to bear. There are private pet insurance companies but there is no public pet insurance system.
Shiga Animal Care Center
℡ 0748-75-1911 136-98 Iwane, Konan City
http://www.sapca.jp/
Otsu City Hall Health Department Health Center Animal Care Center
℡ 077-574-4601 1-chome 24-2 Oginosato, Otsu City
http://www.city.otsu.lg.jp/soshiki/021/1442/

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How to keep a pet (dog)

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Have your pet vaccinated against rabies at a veterinary hospital (mandatory) and get a “rabies vaccination completion certificate”, then submit it to the city hall. (Combined vaccine, microchip implant, castration/contraceptive surgery, filariasis or heartworm disease prevention, and giving medication for flea/tick prevention are optional.)  Register your dog at the city hall and get a tag and registration card (from 91 days to 120 days after birth or within 30 days from the day of ownership). Dogs over 91 days after birth will be vaccinated against rabies once a year.
★Be responsible for your pets: take them for a walk, feed them, and have them vaccinated. Discipline them so as not to cause any trouble to others. Clean up your pet’s feces and dispose of them at home. Letting your dog roam freely and releasing them while taking them for a walk in the park is prohibited.

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My pet got lost! I have someone’s pet in my care…

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Contact the animal protection center or the nearest police station.

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In case my pet dies?

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  1. Contact the city hall.
    *The procedure may be different depending on the city, but some have a place for cremation of animals. In the case of dogs, follow the procedure for cancellation of registration at the city hall. (within 30 days)
  2. There are also private companies dealing with pet funerals and graves.
  3. Burying the body of a dead animal in a private land is allowed, but is forbidden in rivers, parks, etc.

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When leaving, entering the country with my pet?

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When taking a pet abroad or bringing it back home, it is necessary to comply with the requirements to be able to enter Japan and the country of destination. Since the procedure takes time, please contact the Animal Quarantine Service as soon as possible.
Animal Quarantine Service

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Facilities where you can enjoy nature in Shiga prefecture

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Engaging in agriculture

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For those who want to enjoy agriculture

Rent a farm. A rental farm is a small area of land that you can rent at a reasonable price where you can grow your choice of vegetables and flowers. It is your very own small farm.
There are rental farms such as allotment gardens managed by the city hall, JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperative), NPO corporations, private farms, etc. Please contact each one respectively as conditions may vary for each.

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If you experience living difficulties

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Consult at the welfare office of the city hall or at the social welfare council.
Social Inclusion Support Center “Yorisoi Hotline”
Tel: 0120-279-338

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Regarding the Post Office

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The following related pages have guidance in each language.

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Driver's License

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Shiga Prefecture Driver’s License Center
2294 Konohama-cho, Moriyama City
Tel. 077-585-1255

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Acquiring a Driver’s License

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To obtain a new Japanese driver's license for those without a foreign driver’s license, please take the examination in the same way as a Japanese. In this case, you may choose to take the written examination in one of the following languages: Japanese, English, Portuguese or Chinese.
Regarding Japanese traffic rules, the book “Rules of the Road”, issued by JAF, is published in English, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.