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1. Consultations


Kokusai Hiroba
3F ACROS Fukuoka 1-1-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Tel: 092-725-9200
http://www.kokusaihiroba.or.jp/english/
Various free consultations are available for foreigners. For details, please contact the organization directly.

- Immigration, Residency, and Nationality Consultation

Administrative scriveners from the Fukuoka Prefecture Gyoseishoshi Lawyers Association offer advice on immigration procedures such as change of status of residence. English and Chinese interpreters are available.
Tel: 092-641-2501(Fukuoka Prefecture Gyoseishoshi Lawyers Association)
Date: first Monday of each month, 16:30-18:30 (reception closes 18:00); fourth Saturday of each month, 13:00-16:00 (reception closes 15:30)
No appointment necessary (however, if you need interpreters in languages other than English and Chinese, please contact Kokusai Hiroba in advance)

- Human Rights Consultation

Civil liberties commissioners (attorneys) provide consultation on human rights issues related to employment, housing, marriage, divorce, naturalization, and immigration. English interpreters available.
Tel: 092-721-9166 (Fukuoka Legal Affairs Bureau)
Date: second Saturday of each month 13:00-16:00
No appointment necessary (however, those individuals who wish to have their consultation in a language other than Japanese or English must bring an interpreter)


Fukuoka City Administration Consultation Hotline
Citizen consultation offices (Shimin Sodan-shitsu) located at the city hall and ward offices offer free advice on various issues related to city administration and daily life (in Japanese only).
For details, refer to the Fukuoka City website: http://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/shicho/kocho/opinion/005.html

Higashi Ward Office offers the following interpretation services:
Tel: 092-631-2192
Date: English/Mondays, Chinese/Thursdays 13:00-16:00

- General Consultation
Phone, or in person (appointment necessary) *handled by female counseling staff
Tel: 092-526-3788
Date: Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday and holidays 10:00-16:30,
second and fourth Monday of each month 10:00-20:00

- Legal Consultation

In person (appointment necessary) *handled by female attorneys
Tel: 092-526-3788
Date/Time: first to fourth Wednesday of each month 13:00-16:00, fourth Monday of each month 18:00-20:00

- Employment Consultation
In person (appointent necessary) *handled by employment advisors
Tel: 092-526-3788
Date: first Monday of each month 10:00-12:00

- Amikas DV Consultation Dial
Phone *handled by female counseling staff
Tel: 092-526-6070
Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00-16:00

- Counseling Hotline for Men
Phone *handled by male counseling staff
Tel: 092-526-1718
Date/Time: first to third Monday of each month 19:00-21:00


Fukuoka City Domestic Violence Counseling Support Center
(specifically for phone consultations regarding domestic violence)

Phone *in Japanese
Tel & Fax : 092-711-7030
Dates/Times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00-17:00; Tuesday 10:00-20:00 *except holidays


Fukuoka Prefecture Bar Association Tenjin Attorney’s Center

2F Minami Tenjin Bldg. 5-14-12 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Tel: 092-741-3208

http://www.fben.jp/center/tenjin.html


- Free Legal Consultation for Foreigners
Attorneys from the Fukuoka Prefecture Bar Association offer advice to foreigners on legal matters. Interpretation in English or Chinese is available if necessary.
Date: second and fourth Friday of each month, 13:00-16:00
For appointment:
Tel: 092-737-7555
(Japanese) Monday-Friday 10:00-16:00
(Chinese) second and fourth Friday of each month 10:00-13:00
(English) fourth Friday of each month 10:00-13:00
http://www.fben.jp/whats/gaikokujin.htm

*Charged consultations are also available. For details, please contact the Attorney’s Center above.


Global Life Support Center
6F Yasuda Dai-ichi Bldg. 12-18 Kamikawabata, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
Tel:092-283-8880
http://www.npo-global.jp/
This NPO provides living support for foreigners living in Fukuoka, and offers consultations for those struggling with differences such as language and culture. Consultations are available in foreign languages such as Chinese.


Consultations Regarding Employment
When looking for work, advertisements from Hello Work or newspapers, or job advertisement magazines are useful. However, depending on your status of residence, you may not be able to work at all, or have restrictions for work. Please fully understand the conditions of your visa status, so that you do not work illegally. For job information and consultations on employment, please contact the following offices.

- Hello Work Fukuoka Chuo/Employment Service for Foreign workers
1-6-19 Akasaka, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Tel: 050-1492-3911 (Monday to Friday, 10:00-17:00)
Interpreters available
English: Monday 10:00-12:30/13:30-16:00; Wednesday 10:15-12:30/13:30-16:00
Chinese: Tuesday 9:30-12:30, Thursday 9:30-12:30/13:30-17:00

- Fukuoka Labor Bureau/Consultation for Working Conditions of Foreign Workers
4F Fukuoka Joint Government Building New Annex 2-11-1Hakata-eki Higashi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
Tel: 092-411-4862
Interpreters available
English: Tuesday, second and fourth Thursday 9:00-16:00
*No employment referrals

- Fukuoka Labor Affairs Office/Labor Consultations
5F Fukuoka West General Government Building 1-8-8 Akasaka, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Tel: 092-735-6149
Monday-Friday 8:30-17:15
Interpretation: Arrangements can be made for Engilsh and Chinese (appointment required)
*No employment referrals

- Fukuoka International Student Support Center (FISSC)
3F ACROS Fukuoka 1-1-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
c.o. Kokusai Hiroba, Fukuoka International Exchange Foundation
Tel: 092-725-9201
http://www.fissc.net
*FISSC introduces part-time jobs for international students, and offers support for employment after graduation.