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Parenting & Education

For Expectant Parents

1 Child Care

1 Pregnancy

Issuing of the Maternal and Child Health Handbook

The handbook records prenatal checkup records, the history of your baby’s growth and vaccination records, and states information about child care and health.

Process of Issuing

Please submit a pregnancy notification form to the Public Health and Welfare Center of your local ward.
※A leaflet explaining this handbook is available in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesia, Tagalog Thai and Vietnamese.

2 After a Birth

When a child is born to persons of foreign nationality, the father or mother must register the child’s birth through the following process.

Birth Registration (Shussei-todoke)
If both parents are of foreign nationality and their child is born in Japan, birth registration must be made in Japan and the country of the child’s citizenship.
Please submit the birth registration form to your local ward office within 14 days after the birth. Please make an inquiry to your embassy or consulate general about the documents needed for the birth registration process of the country of his/her citizenship.

〈Necessary Documents〉
  • Birth certificate of the child (issued at the hospital where the child was born)
  • Maternal and Child Health Handbook
  • National Health Insurance Certificate (If you are registered under the National Health Insurance Program).
Registration of Foreign Residents (If the father & mother are foreign nationals)

The birth will be listed in the residence certificate, based on the birth registration.

Application for Acquisition of Status of Residence

Apply at the Immigration Office within 30 days of the birth.

〈Necessary Documents〉
  • Proof of birth registration
  • Passport of the parents
  • Residence Card of the parents
  • Copy of resident certificate 
Apply for Issuance of a Child Passport

Apply at the embassy or consulate general of your country.
The required documents differ from according to the country. Please check with your embassy or consulate general for further information.
※For a fixed period beginning July 9, 2014, alien registration cards will be deemed “Residence Cards” or “Special Permanent Resident Certificates.”

3 Lump Sum Birth Allowance

Lump Sum Birth Allowance

4 Health Checkup for Infants (Free of charge)

  • 3 months, 18 months, and 3 years checkup
    Your local Public Health and Welfare Center will notify you of the examination.
  • 1 month - 2 months checkup
    A general health examination for infants application form is attached to the Maternal and Child Health Handbook. In order to have this examination, please fill out and submit this form to one of the medical facilities in Osaka Prefecture.
  • 9 months - 11 months checkup
    In order to have this examination, please fill out the reception medical consultation form issued at the time of the health examination for infants aged 3 months, and submit it to one of the medical facilities(Pediatrics) in Osaka Prefecture.

5 Preventive Vaccination (Free of charge)

Please ensure your child receives the various immunizations as outlined in the schedule in the Preventive Vaccination Injection Notebook when your child is in good health.

Schedule for Immunization

BCG (tuberculosis)
Vaccination Age Range Ideal Vaccination Age Number of shots
Up to 1st birthday 5 to 8 months old 1
Hepatitis B
Name of vaccination Vaccination Age Range Ideal Vaccination Age Number of shots Intervals of vaccinations
First time Until one year after birth 2 to 9 months after birth 3 Twice, with an interval of at least 27 days Once, with an interval of at least 139 days after the first time
Second time Until one year after birth 2 to 9 months after birth 3 Twice, with an interval of at least 27 days Once, with an interval of at least 139 days after the first time
Third time Until one year after birth 2 to 9 months after birth 3 Twice, with an interval of at least 27 days Once, with an interval of at least 139 days after the first time
Hib (Hemophilus influenza type b)
Vaccination Age Range
Commencing time of vaccination
Ideal Vaccination Age Number of shots Intervals of vaccinations
2 to 7 months old Age for the first shot is between 2 to 7 months of age. 4 3 shots at intervals of at least 27 (20) days(※1)
1 shot at an interval of at least 7 months after the 3rd shot
7 to 12 months old Age for the first shot is between 2 to 7 months of age. 3 2 shots at an interval of at least 27 (20) days(※1)
1 shot at an interval of at least 7 months after the 2nd shot
12 to 60 months old Age for the first shot is between 2 to 7 months of age. 1  

*1.Vaccinations can also be given in 20-day intervals, if the doctor deems it necessary.

Pediatric pneumococcus (13-valent)
Vaccination Age Range
Commencing time of vaccination
Ideal Vaccination Age Number of shots Intervals of vaccinations
2 to 7 months old Age for the first shot is between 2 to 7 months of age. 4 3 shots at intervals of at least 27 days
1 shot at an interval of at least 60 days after the 3rd shot and at the age of 12 months or older
7 to 12 months old
-
3 2 shots at an interval of at least 27 days
1 shot at an interval of at least 60 days after the 2nd shot and at the age of 12 months or older
12 to 24 months old
-
2 2 shots at an interval of at least 60 days
24 to 60 months old
-
1  
DPT-IPV4 vaccinations (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio)
Name of vaccination Vaccination Age Range Ideal Vaccination Age Number of shots Intervals of vaccinations
1st stage 3 to 90 months old 3 to 12 months old 3 3 shots at intervals of at least 20 days
1st stage 3 to 90 months old 12 to 18 months after the end of the 3 shots of the 1st stage 1 1 shot at an interval of at least 6 months after the end of the 3 shots of the 1st stage
Additional 3 to 90 months old 12 to 18 months after the end of the 3 shots of the 1st stage 1 1 shot at an interval of at least 6 months after the end of the 3 shots of the 1st stage
DT 2 vaccinations(diphtheria, tetanus)
Name of vaccination Vaccination Age Range Ideal Vaccination Age Number of shots
2nd stage 11 to 12 years old 6th grade of elementary school 1
MR (measles, rubella)(※2)
Name of vaccination Vaccination Age Range Ideal Vaccination Age Number of shots
1st stage 12 to 24 months old 1
2nd stage 5 to 6 years old and within 1 year before entering elementary school 1

*2. If you particularly want to, you can also have a single antigen vaccine against measles and rubella.

Chickenpox(※3)
Name of vaccination Vaccination Age Range Ideal Vaccination Age Number of shots Intervals of vaccinations
1st shot 12 to 36 months old 12 to 15 months old 2 2 shots at an interval of at least 3 months
2nd shot 12 to 36 months old 1shot at an interval of 6 to 12 months after the 1st shot 2 2 shots at an interval of at least 3 months

*3. People who have already had chickenpox are excluded.

Japanese encephalitis
Name of vaccination Vaccination Age Range Ideal Vaccination Age Number of shots Intervals of vaccinations
1st stage 6 to 90 months old, and other people specially subject to vaccination 3 years old 2 2 shots at an interval of at least 6 days
1st stage 6 to 90 months old, and other people specially subject to vaccination 4 years old 1 1 shot at an interval of at least 6 months after the end of the 2 shots of the 1st stage
Additional 6 to 90 months old, and other people specially subject to vaccination 4 years old 1 1 shot at an interval of at least 6 months after the end of the 2 shots of the 1st stage
2nd stage 9 to 12 years old, and other people specially subject to vaccination 4th grade of elementary school 1  
Cancer of Cervix uteri (*4)
Name of vaccination Vaccination Age Range Ideal Vaccination Age Number of shots Intervals of vaccinations
Cervarix Ages equivalent to 6th grade of elementary school through 1st year of high school 1st year junior high school students 3 The 2nd shot should be given at an interval of 1 month after the 1st shot, and the 3rd shot should be given at an interval of 6 months after the 1st shot.
(2-valent) Ages equivalent to 6th grade of elementary school through 1st year of high school 1st year junior high school students 3 The 2nd shot should be given at an interval of 1 month after the 1st shot, and the 3rd shot should be given at an interval of 6 months after the 1st shot.
Gardasil Ages equivalent to 6th grade of elementary school through 1st year of high school 1st year junior high school students 3 The 2nd shot should be given at an interval of 2 months after the 1st shot, and the 3rd shot should be given at an interval of 6 months after the 1st shot.
(4-valent) Ages equivalent to 6th grade of elementary school through 1st year of high school 1st year junior high school students 3 The 2nd shot should be given at an interval of 2 months after the 1st shot, and the 3rd shot should be given at an interval of 6 months after the 1st shot.

*4. As of April, 2013, vaccination against cancer of cervix uteri became a routine vaccination, however in accordance with the notification from the government dated 14th of June, 2013 we don’t actively recommend you to have this vaccination at present. When you think of having it, please fully understand its effectiveness and risk prior to having a vaccination.

Inquiries for Disease Immunization
Public Health Office
Infectious Diseases Prevention Department
TEL:06-6647-0656

6 Medical Subsidy for Infants and Children

The Medical Subsidy for Infants and Children subsidizes the cost of medical treatment covered by the child’s health insurance for children from 0 years of age up until they graduate from junior high school if their parents’ income is below the prescribed level*. Please apply for this program at the Public Health and Welfare Center in your local ward.

*There is no income limit for children from 0 years of age up to 12 years of age (until elementary school graduation) for both inpatient and outpatient visits.

7 Child Allowance

Child allowance will be paid to people who are bringing up children from 0 years old until the age of finishing junior high school (the first March 31 after becoming 15 years old). It is paid in the month after application.

The amounts of child allowance are shown below:
Under 3 years old: 15,000 yen per month
Over 3 years old and prior to elementary school graduation (for first and second children): 10,000 yen per month
Over 3 years old and prior to elementary school graduation (for third and subsequent children): 15,000 yen per month
Junior high school students: 10,000 yen per month

For applications made after June 2012, an income cap is set and for persons earning incomes greater than the income cap, 5,000 yen will be paid as a special interim allowance for a certain period of time. If you are a civil servant, please refer to your office.

Kindergartens・ Day Nurseries・Certified early childhood care and educational institutions (certified for childcare)・Local child care businesses

1 Day Nurseries・Certified early childhood care and educational institutions (certified for childcare)・Local child care businesses

In cases where a child cannot be cared for at home by a parent or guardian—owing to work commitments, childbirth, illness, or elderly nursing responsibilities—that child can be looked after at a day nursery or similar facility. This service is available for children aged from six months to the age of eligibility for elementary school. Day care fees are determined based on the total municipal tax paid by the parents or guardians living in the child’s household. For application procedures and consultations, please inquire at your local ward’s health and welfare center.

2 Kindergartens・Certified early childhood care and educational institutions(Certified for standard educational services)

Kindergartens and early childhood care and education are administered nationally, publicly, or privately, and are established by the national or local governments and incorporated schools. Children can attend kindergarten between the ages of 3 and 5 (in some kindergarten, from the age of 4). Applications for the next fiscal year are accepted in September and October each year. Applications can be received and submitted at each kindergarten and certified early childhood care and educational institution (certified for standard educational services). If enrollment numbers fall below quotas, applications for enrollment can be accepted at any time.

Inquiries about kindergartens and certified early childhood care and educational institutions (certified for standard educational services)
Kindergarten Planning Group, Daycare Planning Department, Children and Youth Bureau
☎ 06-6208-8085

3 Counseling on Child Care

1 Child-rearing Activity Support Center of the Osaka Municipal Gender Equality Center (Creo Osaka Parenting Center)

This center offers counseling and information, as well as various lectures and seminars giving advice on child care issues.

6-4-20 Tenjimbashi, Kita-ku

TEL 06-6354-0106 06-6354-0277
<Open Hours> Weekday 10:00 - 21:00
Weekend and holidays 10:00 - 17:00
Year-end/New Year holidays

Telephone Counseling

TEL 06-6354-4152
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 20:00 (Weekend and holidays - 17:00)

※Telephone counseling in English, Chinese, Korean

Every Monday 10:00 - 17:00

Face-to-Face Counseling
Osaka City citizens only, Appointment necessary

2 Osaka City Child Consultation Center / Southern Osaka City Child Consultation Center

Call toll-free 24 hours a day to report on or consult about child abuse. To protect children from child abuse, we must tackle the problem together as a society.
If you see or suspect child abuse, please call the Child Abuse Hotline. (Calls are anonymous and your privacy is protected.) If you feel that you yourself might be abusing a child, please give us a call. (Your consultation will be confidential.)
Consultation Hotline: TEL 0120-01-7285 (24 hours open everyday)
Please also notify the health and welfare center child-rearing support office of the ward in which you live, and the nearest school.

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Education

1 Organization of the Education System

The Period of Compulsory Education in Japan is 9 Years

2 Elementary and Junior High Schools

In Japan, it is mandatory for all children to attend elementary school for six years and junior high school for three years. All classes are taught in Japanese. Tuition fees are not required for municipal schools. However, you will be required to pay for some teaching aids used at schools and for lunches at elementary and junior high schools. To enroll, visit your local ward office with your child’s Foreign Registration Card and complete the necessary procedures.

For International schools, national or private schools, please inquire to the schools directly.

3 High Schools

High school education is not mandatory. To enroll, a student must have received the equivalent of at least a Japanese junior high school education. You may choose national, public or private school. They offer varied curricula, including academic, commercial and industrial courses. For information on enrollment in a public high school, inquire at your child’s junior high school. To enroll in a private school, apply directly at the school of your choice.

4 Schools for Foreign Children

The followings are schools for foreign children located in and around Osaka.

2 Other schools for people from other countries

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