May 30th - My heavier luggage will be picked up by Yamato Transport. If you're moving boxes or luggage within Japan, takkyubin (宅急便) is a useful, cheap method of shipping available at most convenience stores. Nippon Express offers pretty good deals on international shipping (by boat, takes two months).
- Close Kagoshima Bank (鹿児島銀行) account
- My OCN/NTT joint internet fiberoptic account will be canceled, the modem removed. Side note - I beat the bureaucracy on this one by claiming I had no contacts left in Japan; as a result, they decided billing me the early cancellation fee (￥3500) wasn't worth the trouble.
- Go down to the local tax office and pay my taxes flowing over into the new fiscal year. All foreigners leaving Japan should do this (though I bet many forget and don't reap too many consequences). While there, hand in the completed form:
納税管理人の届出書（外国人用） Declaration Naming a Person to Administer the Taxpayer's Tax Affairs (for use by aliens)
If you know a stable resident of Japan, you can designate them to process your tax refund for the lump-sum pension withdrawal. Once you receive the lump-sum withdrawal of your pension in your home bank account, you can mail the receipt to your tax manager, and have them claim the refund, which can be wired directly to their Japanese bank account. A little bit of paperwork, but it pays out.
June 4th - 6th Gradually make my way to Osaka. Plan to turn in my cell phone to any AU office and say goodbye to keitai.
June 6th Depart at 12:00 PM on the Shanghai Ferry. I bought a first class ticket just so I could use the ofuro one last time. There's table tennis on board, and it should be a leisurely international trip. Only ￥21,500 for 2nd class, ￥26,500 for 1st class. Hand in my gaijin card to immigration authorities, as I will be leaving the country for good.
June 8th Arrive in Shanghai at 12:00 PM. Catch a cab to the train station and see if any tickets to Beijing are available for that night. If so, head out that evening. If not, I will have a backup place to crash courtesy of Couchsurfing.
Train tickets for Chinese railways can be purchased up to nine days beforehand:
August - ??? Once my volunteering duties are finished, will look for work in the Chiang Mai area, or other parts of Thailand that might appeal to me.
During this time, the 脱退一時金支給決定通知書 (Notice of the Lump-sum Withdrawal Payment) should be mailed to my home address. I can then mail this original, NOT a copy, to my tax manager in Japan, along with a completed 確定申告書 (final tax report) to receive the tax refund.
Two weeks left in Kagoshima. さよなら日本... but not yet.