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Life in Yokohama

What is Yokohama like?
Yokohama is a vibrant, varied, and international community, combining the old Western mansions of Yamate with the neon lights of Chinatown, the traditional architecture of Sankeien with the modern complex of Minato Mirai 21. Conveniently located near Tokyo, the ancient capital of Kamakura, and the hot springs of Hakone, Yokohama is a splendid site for learning about Japan and its relation to the world.
Where can I access more information about preparing for international student life at Yokohama National University and about the City of Yokohama?
There are numerous websites you may wish to browse randomly. Listed below are some suggested recommended links to get you started:

How much can I estimate spending per year as a student in Japan?
"The below is an only estimate of the cost of living for international students in Japan. The below figures do not account for upfront arrival expenditures (i.e. transportation from Narita to YCAT, cell phone, linen, household, etc.) and other travel, dining and entertainment costs. Additionally, the following assumes residence at Ooka IR. Privately funded students may apply for lower cost YNU housing options."
  1. Self-study expenses & Text books: approximately Japanese yen annually for software, software license and local activities.
  2. Rent at Ooka International Residence (monthly):43,000 Japanese yen monthly (including management fee and tax)
    (Deposit for Residence (one time): 50,000 Japanese yen (excluding tax)) *Access to YNU:18 min ride to "Mitsuzawa-kamicho" station from "Gumyoji". About 15 min walk to YNU from Mitsuzawa-kamicho
    *Subway Pass - Ooka IR to YNU: 5,670 Japanese Yen monthly (including tax) Rent at Tokiwadai International Residence (monthly): 38,500 Japanese yen monthly (including management fee and tax)
    (Utilities: 12,000 Japanese yen monthly (excluding tax), Deposit for Residence (one time): 50,000 Japanese yen (excluding tax)) *Access to YNU: Tokiwadai IR is an on- campus dormitory.
  3. Living expenses:
    According to a JASSO report, the average monthly expenditure (including academic tuition) of an international student is14,6000 Japanese yen.
  4. Policies Covering Your Own Illness and Injuries and policies covering liability for bodily injury or property damage that you inflict on others, etc.: 4,660 Japanese yen annually
  5. Japanese National Health Insurance (annually): The reduction varies depending on local government rules and individual income. Every April, students will receive a report of income which must be completed and returned to qualify for the reduction. Please be sure to send this report to the ward office in your district to avoid having to pay the normal premium which is more than three times the reduced one.
  6. National Pension Plan
    All residents of Japan aged 20 to 59 years are obliged to enroll in the National Pension System. Those who cannot pay pension contributions due to financial difficulties can apply for postponement of payments. You need to make an application every year.
    The contribution amount for the National Pension: 16,410 Japanese yen per month from April 2019 to March 2020.
  7. Subway Pass - Ooka IR to YNU:5,670 Japanese Yen monthly (including tax)
Is the YNU campus safe from threat of Tsunami?
Yes, the university is located on a large verdant mountain top campus overlooking downtown Yokohama.
Should I be concerned about dangers of earthquake? What happens when there is one?
Small tremors are a common phenomenon in Japan. They usually last only a few seconds and depending on where one is when there is a tremor, it may go unnoticed. All students at YNU attend mandatory disaster preparedness training and are educated on evacuation protocols in preparation for occurrence of a major earthquake. The YNU campus is located on a large mountaintop that was formerly a golf course, and as a result, the YNU campus is one of the City of Yokohama`s Designated Evacuation Zone making it one of the safest places to be in the event of a natural disaster.
I have additional questions about student life at Yokohama National University and living in Japan.
Please have a look at the following link form Yokohama National University`s main web page:
Note that some of the above link`s contents, particularly the admission procedures, will not be applicable to circumstances as an applicant or admitted student to the Graduate School of International Social Sciences. Please consult the Application Guidelines and Program Catalogue for your program of interest on the Department of Economics' website for specific details. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate School Affairs Office at: int.gakumu-all@ynu.ac.jp

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