Book Start / Consultation Services for Foreigners

Minato Voice

Minato City libraries conduct “Book Start”. Book Start is a program aimed at parents/guardians of babies up to 12 months old. The program introduces the fun and importance of parents reading books with their children.

Minato City libraries provide simple, 15 minute individual explanations of the program as well as a picture book. Please visit your local library on Book Start meeting days, and bring your Child-rearing Handbook with you.

For Book Start dates, see Koho Minato, Minato Monthly, or the Minato City website. For Enquiries, contact Minato Call on 03-5472-3710.


If you are experiencing problems in your everyday life, please use the free consultation services for foreigners.

●Minato City Consultation Service for Foreign Residents

This is a consultation counter for foreign residents of Minato City who are having problems with the city’s administrative services or in daily life.

Consultations are available in English only.

The counter is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to midday and from 1pm to 5pm, except on national holidays.

The telephone number is 03-3578-2046.

●Metropolitan Government Consultation Service for Foreign People

This service provides advice for foreigners who live in Tokyo on matters such as Japan's customs, culture and social system, immigration, and family.

Consultation is available from 9:30am to midday and from 1pm to 5pm on the following days:

English: Monday-Friday, tel. 03-5320-7744

Korean: Wednesdays, tel. 03-5320-7700

Chinese: Tuesdays and Fridays, tel. 03-5320-7766

There is no consultation on national holidays.

Minato International Association also provides consultation, so please enquire by phone. The telephone number is 03-6440-0233.


(Audio) 30th September/3rd October 2019 ON AIR: Book Start / Consultation Services for Foreigners