Here’s What You Need to Know About Tokyo’s Ota Ward
For one, many Filipinos are living there.
Ota Ward is one of the 23 wards in Tokyo. It supports non-Japanese residents in many ways.
Ota Ward is located in the southeastern part of Tokyo. The Haneda Airport can also be found here. It faces Tokyo Bay in the east, while the Tama River flows just below it. Beyond this river is Kawasaki City.
In the northern and western parts of the ward are residential areas such as Den-en-chōfu, Kugahara, and Ikegami. On the other hand, the southern and eastern areas are used mainly as manufacturing and commercial areas.
As of January 1, 2019, there are 24,199 people in the ward. It has the seventh-largest population among the 23 wards within Tokyo. Compared to 10 years ago, it has increased to about 6,000 people. Among those, 2,497 Filipinos are living in the ward. It is the ward with the third largest Filipino population among the other wards of Tokyo.
Multi-language Services at the Ward Office
The Ota Ward Office provides multi-language services at the counter for when you want to do some registrations and reports. Not only do their multilingual Japanese staff help explain what you need to know at the counter, but also the Japanese staff offers their help by using a tablet device that serves as a translation tool to communicate with you. In addition to this, they also provide sample entries of application forms, local magazines, and leaflets written in foreign languages.
The Ota Ward Office is located at 5-13-14 Kamata, Ota Ward, Tokyo.
Multi-language Services outside of the Ward Office
The Global City Ota Cooperation Association, an affiliated organization of Ota Ward, has a multilingual consultation desk for free. You may ask for advice about your daily life in Japan there from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. during weekdays. The staff at the desk speaks fluently in English, Chinese, Tagalog, Nepalese, and Vietnamese. Take note, though, that the available language may differ depending on the day of the week.
During the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, you may also ask for advice from the lawyers. *Reservation is necessary. For more details, click on this link.
You can join the beginner’s Japanese classes and cultural events too. They also accept and train volunteers for international exchange events as well.
The Multilingual Consultation Desk (Global City Ota Cooperation Association) is located at 5-13-26 1/F Consumer Affairs Center, Kamata, Ota Ward, Tokyo. You may contact them at 03-6424-8822.
Cool OTA-Ku Ambassadors
Ota Ward promotes itself by recruiting ambassadors of foreigners living, learning, or working there. The ambassadors join local events and promote the ward inside and outside of Japan. Their term typically lasts for two years. Currently, there are 27 ambassadors with one of them being Filipino.
You can learn more about their activities through their Facebook account or the ambassadors’ social media accounts.
If you wish to contribute to the ward and promote it to your friends and family, why don’t you try applying? Who knows, you might become an ambassador soon!
(18 December 2019)