Multilingual Guides to Living くらしのガイド(多言語)


Guide to Living in Matsudo City 生活ガイドブック

For information about a variety of Matsudo City Hall procedures and for a list of city-specific contact numbers etc., please refer to the bilingual "Guide to Living in Matsudo City" (available in 6 languages) information booklets -

Compiled download まとめてダウンロード

Sectioned download 【Japanese/English】10 Chapters (全10章)

Househunting in Matsudo City 住まいの探し方ガイドブック

This is a guidebook in four languages, Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean, for those who are considering living in Matsudo City. In particular, it provides a list of municipal housing, its location, application procedures, and other details.
Guide to Househunting (Eng. Jap. Chin. Kor.)(PDF:4,234KB)

松戸市でのお住まいを検討している方に向けた、日・英・中・韓 4カ国語併記のガイドブックです。特に市営住宅の一覧や所在地、申し込み方法などの詳細をご案内しています。


National Health Insurance 国民健康保険制度ガイドブック

This is a guidebook in 6 languages that provides foreign residents with information on the National Health Insurance system and other details.
Guide to National Health Insurance (Eng. Jap. Chin. Viet. Fil. Nep)(PDF:2,056KB)


Sorting and disposal of household garbage 家庭ゴミの出し方

Multilingual guide to garbage disposal rules in Matsudo City 【多言語版】松戸市の家庭ごみの分け方と出し方ガイド

Matsudo City Environmental Management Division is distributing a foreign language version of leaflet and guidebook that provide easy-to-understand information on how to separate and dispose of household garbage. Available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. There is also multi-lingual garbage sorting apps for free.
Please see the page dedicated to "Sorting and Disposal of Household Garbage" for more information.

More on "Sorting and disposal of household garbage in Matsudo" / 「松戸市の家庭ごみの出し方について」くわしくはこちら

Living in Japan: How to Open a Bank Account and Send Money 日本でくらすための銀行口座や送金のつかい方

The Financial Services Agancy (FSA) of Japan published a booklet for people from foreign countries living in Japan about how to open a bank account and to send money.
See their website for the detail.


Bicycle liability insurance has become a legal requirement from July 2022 / 2022年7月から自転車保険加入が義務化されました

In Chiba Prefecture, the "Chiba Prefecture Ordinance on the Promotion of Safe and Proper Bicycle Use" (April 2009) has been revised, making it mandatory to enroll in bicycle liability insurance, etc. for all bicycle riders in Chiba Prefecture from July 1, 2022.

If you are involved in a bicycle accident, you may not only be injured, but you may also injure the other party or cause damage to their property.

 Under the Road Traffic Law, bicycles are a type of vehicle (light vehicle), so in such cases, you are liable for damages to the victim in addition to criminal liability, just as you would be liable for damages to an automobile.

In recent years, the number of accidents caused by "cycling while distracted" (i.e., holding an umbrella, using a cell phone, headphones, etc.) has been on the rise. Because bicycles are a vehicle that can be used by anyone, anyone can be the perpetrator of an accident.

If you happen to be the perpetrator of a bicycle accident, you should have a bicycle insurance (liability insurance) to be prepared to pay compensation to the victim, and to negotiate a settlement between the parties even in the event that you are the victim.

千葉県では、「千葉県自転車の安全で適正な利用の促進に関する条例(平成29年4月)」の改正により、 令和4年7月1日から、千葉県内で自転車に乗る場合には自転車損害保険等へ加入することが義務となりました。


外部サイトへリンク 新規ウインドウで開きます。Chiba prefecture leaflet for bicycle insurance (Japanese only) / 千葉県自転車保険のチラシ(日本語)

Please ride your bike by the rules!! 自転車はルールを守って乗りましょう

Bicycles must be ridden on the roadway in principle, use of sidewalks is an exception 自転車は車道走行が原則、歩道の利用は例外です

Under the Road Traffic Law, bicycles are considered light vehicles.
Therefore, in principle, bicycles must be driven on the roadway where there is a distinction between the sidewalk and the roadway.
  Penalty: Up to 3 months imprisonment or a fine of up to 50,000 yen


Bicycles must be ridden on the left side of the roadway 車道の左側を通行してください

Bicycles must keep to the left end of the street.
  Penalty: Up to 3 months imprisonment or a fine of up to 50,000 yen


Pedestrians have priority on the sidewalk, proceed slowly on the road side 歩道の通行は歩行者優先で、車道寄りをゆっくり進んでください

When riding a bike on the sidewalk, ride no faster than the speed that allows you to stop immediately. You must halt temporarily when interfering with a pedestrian.
  Penalty: A fine of up to 20,000 yen

Cases where bicycles allowed on a sidewalk

When there is a sign indicating that the bicycle is allowed on the sidewalk, when the cyclist is a child under 13 years old, an elderly person over 70 years old, a physically disabled person, or when it is unavoidable in a traffic condition or on a roadway. However, pedestrians have priority on sidewalks.



Be sure to follow bicycle rules for the safety of others and yourself 自身と周囲の安全のため、ルールを守りましょう

Do not drink and ride 飲酒運転は禁止

Riding a bicycle after drinking alcohol is prohibited, as is driving a car.
  Penalty: Up to 5 years imprisonment or a fine of up to 1000,000 yen
*Penalty above is when riding while intoxicated

Do not ride two or more people on a bicycle 二人乗りは禁止

Riding with two passengers is prohibited except when riding with a child under 6 years of age.
  Penalty: A fine of up to 20,000 yen


Do not ride side by side 併進は禁止

Riding a bicycle side by side is prohibited except where there is a sign indicating "side-by-side allowed".
  Penalty: A fine of up to 20,000 yen


Turn on headlight & taillight after dark 暗くなったらライトをつけましょう

At night, turn on the front and rear lights (or reflectors).
  Penalty: A fine of up to 50,000 yen


Obey the traffic signals 信号を守ること

Always follow traffic signals when there is a traffic light.
  Penalty: Up to 3 months imprisonment or a fine of up to 50,000 yen


Be sure to stop at intersections and check for safety 交差点では一時停止と安全確認をしてください

Follow stop signs, and proceed slowly when exiting a narrow street onto a bigger street. Remember to check for safety.
  Penalty: Up to 3 months imprisonment or a fine of up to 50,000 yen


【New 'Duty of Effort' rule on bicycle helmets!】All cyclists in Japan should wear bike helmets from April 2023 / 全ての自転車利用者にヘルメット着用が推奨されています(令和5年4月から努力義務になりました)

Starting April 1, 2023, a revised section of the Road Traffic Act came into effect, making it a ‘duty-driven effort’ for people of all ages to wear a helmet. In Japanese, the policy is called a matter of doryoku-gimu, which roughly translates to “duty of effort.”
Although there are no legal penalties for not wearing a helmet, data show that the fatality rate in bicycle accidents is 2.1 times higher for those not wearing helmets versus those who do, indicating that wearing a helmet significantly reduces the risk of death.
Everyone who rides a bicycle should wear a helmet for their own safety.
A flyer on "New Bicycle Helmet Rule" by Chiba Police Dept. / 自転車ヘルメット着用チラシ

Read in Japanese / 日本語で読む

Choose a helmet with the "SG Mark" SGマークのついたヘルメットを選びましょう

The SG Mark is given to all products that have passed the standards of the Product Safety Association of Japan (PASA) as safe products.
In addition, "Liability Insurance for Bodily Injury" is provided in the unlikely event of a defect in a product with the SG Mark.


<Caution!> Bicycles can also be held liable if they cause an accident 自転車も、事故を起こせば責任を問われます

Bicycles are vehicles. If a bicycle crashes into a pedestrian, it can kill the person and, like a car, the driver can be criminally charged with gross negligence manslaughter, etc., and may also be subject to civil claims for damages.

Examples of an accident involving a bicycle

  • A fifth-grade boy was riding his bicycle down a hill at night when he collided head-on with a woman who was walking. The woman fell unconscious and suffered a broken skull.
    → The boy's mother was given an order to pay 95 million yen (=approx. 660,000 USD) in indemnification.
  • A high school girl was driving without lights while using her cell phone at night when she collided with a woman. The other party was severely disabled and lost her job.
    →The high school girl (at the time) riding a bicycle was ordered to pay approximately 50 million (=approx. 350,000 USD) yen in indemnification.



  • 小学5年生男児が夜間、自転車で坂を下り、歩行中の女性と正面衝突。相手の女性は頭の骨を折るなどし、意識が戻らない状態となった。
  • 女子高校生が夜間、携帯電話を操作しながら無灯火で走行中、女性と衝突。相手には重大な障害が残り、職を失った。

Check and maintain your bicycle regularly 自転車の点検・整備をしてください

It is important to inspect your bicycle on a daily basis to ensure that the brakes are working properly, that the tires are not worn or flat, and that the lights are working.
If you are unable to check and repair your bicycle yourself, have it serviced at a bicycle store.


About Traffic Safety Mark 安全安心TSマーク

If your bicycle is inspected or serviced (for a fee) by a certified bicycle safety mechanic, a TS Mark (valid for one year) will be affixed to your bicycle.
Bicycles with this mark are covered by accident and liability insurance.


Major rules for bicyclist compliance (Chiba Prefecture Road Traffic Law - Enforcement Bylaws, Article 9) 運転者の遵守事項に関する主なルール(千葉県道路交通法施行細則第9条)

Riding a bicycle with an umbrella is prohibited 傘さし運転などは禁止

Dangerous cycling that obstructs the vision or makes the cyclist unstable, such as using an umbrella while riding a bicycle, is prohibited.
  Penalty: A fine of up to 50,000 yen

Using a mobile phone,etc. while cycling is prohibited 携帯電話などの使用禁止

Holding a cell phone or other device (including portable music players) in the hand while riding a bicycle, talking on it, operating it, or viewing the image displayed on it is prohibited.
  Penalty: A fine of up to 50,000 yen

Wearing headphones while cycling is prohibited ヘッドホンなどの使用禁止

Riding a bicycle while listening to music, etc. with headphones or other device is prohibited.
  Penalty: A fine of up to 50,000 yen

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松戸市経済振興部 国際推進課

千葉県松戸市小根本7番地の8 京葉ガスF松戸第2ビル5階
Tel: 047-710-2725 FAX:047-711-6387

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