As soon as you have decided to return to your home country or move to another country, contact the International Affairs Office by e-mail with your new address, phone number, e-mail address, and the name of your new institution (e.g., university or company).
Japanese government-scholarship students (regular students, research students, and Japanese studies students) can receive a plane ticket for returning home from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Note, however, that the offer is limited to students returning home by the end of the final month of their scholarship period. The International Affairs Office will confirm by e-mail whether or not you wish to apply for this a return ticket. After confirmation, follow the necessary procedures as instructed.
Return your student ID and any other ID before leaving Japan.
If you are a regular student, return your ID to the Student and Career Support Office. If you are a non-degree student, return your ID to the International Affairs Office. Plastic (IC) cards are recycled. Please cooperate for the next international student.
Check and return all items you have borrowed during your stay in Japan, including money, articles and supplies, and library books.
Contact the sales branch or contracting company for gas, electricity, water, telephone, Internet, and other contracted services.
Quite a few students forget to pay their final utility and other service fees, which are billed the following month after use. Make sure that you settle all fees and leave none unpaid.
Close and cancel all bank accounts and credit card contracts drawn up in Japan. However, if utility and other service fees are automatically withdrawn from your bank account, be sure to settle all outstanding payments before closing your bank account. If you must close your bank account before returning home, and expect any bills to arrive later, leave some money with a friend or acquaintance that you trust and ask them to pay your bills.
Give at least two weeks’ notice to your student house office. Many students leave in March and September, so if you are leaving around this time, give your notice as soon as possible. Be sure to settle all room fees and leave none unpaid when you leave.
When you have decided on a departure date, bring your National Health Insurance card to your local government office and settle any overpaid or underpaid premiums. (National Health Insurance premiums are calculated by monthly payments.) Note that you can arrange to be covered until the day of your departure. (You can change the expiry date on your card to the date of your departure. For details, ask your local government office.)
Thank and bid farewell to everyone who has helped you during your stay in Japan.
The best way is to visit each directly, but if your schedules don’t meet, it is a good idea to send a letter or postcard after you leave Japan and let them know you appreciated their help.