General Info

Entry into Japan

Foreign visitors must have a valid passport. Visitors from countries whose citizens requires visas should apply to the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in their own country.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan:

Delegates requiring an official letter of invitation to obtain a visa, should contact the FAST-zero'13 Secretariat at:

FAST-zero '13 Secretariat
ICS Convention Design, Inc.
Chiyoda Bldg., 1-5-18, Sarugakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8449, Japan
TEL : +81-3-3219-3541   FAX : +81-3-3219-3577
E-mail :


The official language of Japan is Japanese. However, many people may understand English. The official language at the FAST-zero '13 is English.

Currency, Tax, Tipping

The unit of currency is YEN (¥). Foreign currencies are exchangeable at major banks. Business hours of most banks are 9 am - 3 pm (Mon.- Fri.). Credit cards (VISA, MastersCard, AMEX...) are widely accepted. Japanese consumption tax is included in all prices. Currently this tax is levied at 5%.

No tip is required in Japan.


The temperature in Nagoya during September can vary from 20 deg C to 29 deg C.


The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. There are two kinds of frequencies in use; 50 Hz in eastern Japan and 60 Hz in western Japan (including Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka). A convertible type of electrical appliance such as a hair dryer, travel iron and shaver will therefore be convenient; otherwise a step-down transformer is required to convert the voltage. There are no columnar-shaped plugs or 3-pin plugs used in Japan but 2-flat-pin plugs are used instead. It is therefore advised to purchase a plug adapter beforehand.

Time Zone

All of Japan is in the same time zone, 9 hours ahead of G.M.T.