The 5 rules of living comfortable in Japan：快適に住むための５つのルール
When you live in housing complexes such as apartments you will deal with many different people in your daily life. Therefore, it is important to adhere to the following 5 rules in order to maintain amicable relations with others in your neighborhood.
- Rubbish Disposal：ゴミの出し方
- Being Aware of Making Noise：生活騒音の注意
- Using the Bath and Toilet：浴室・トイレの使い方
- Using Common Areas and Facilities：共用部分の使い方
- Car and Bicycle Parking：自転車置き場・駐車場
The method of rubbish disposal varies from one municipality to the next. Also the day and time of collection depends on the type of rubbish. For details specific to where you live, please ask your real estate agent, a neighbor or staff in the relevant division of your municipal office.
Questions You Should Ask
1. What days and times you should put out the rubbish.
2. Where you should put the rubbish.
3. Which items are considered combustible and which are non-combustible.
4. Which items are considered recyclable (bottles, cans, plastics, newspapers, etc.)
5. How to dispose of bulky refuse.1
1. Some bulky refuse and items that are difficult to dispose of will require a fee in order to have them collected otherwise they may not be collected at all. Please ask the relevant division of your municipal office for details on how to dispose of such items.
Examples: Items such as furniture, bedding, electrical appliances, kitchenware, household goods, and the like that are bigger than a certain size, including drawers, tables, chairs, futons, carpets, bicycles, microwaves, stoves, gas stoves, and golf equipment.
2. Your local municipality will not collect refrigerators, air conditioners, televisions, or washing machines. You will have to pay a fee to a store that sells such items to dispose of them. Contact the manufacturer or store that you purchased an item from to find out how to dispose of it.
（例）家具 、寝具 、電化製品、台所用品、家庭用品などで、一定の大きさをこえるもの。
Being Aware of Making Noise：生活騒音の注意
In apartment complexes, noise can be easily heard by your neighbors, including those living above or below you. Therefore, it is important to make sure you do not make loud noises especially at night and in the early hours of the morning.
Examples of Noises that are Nuisances
Televisions and radios, musical instruments, loud voices, vacuum cleaners and washing machines, drainage from showers, and the opening and shutting of doors.
Using the Bath and Toilet：浴室・トイレの使い方
Floods can occur when the toilet or the bathroom drain backs up. If the apartment below you suffers damage due to such flood, you will have to pay for the damage (i.e. the charges for the repair work.)
To Avoid Drainage Back Up
- Do not flush hair, etc. down drains.
- Do not flush items other than toilet paper (e.g. tissue paper, sanitary napkins) down the toilet.
- トイレではトイレットペーパー以外浴室は流さない（ティッシュペーパーや生理用ナプ キンも流してはいけません）
Using Common Areas and Facilities：共用部分の使い方
In apartment complexes, walkways, hallways and stairs that are located outside of your apartment are considered common areas. During times of emergency, such as an earthquake or fire, they serve as evacuation routes. Therefore, you are forbidden to store your personal items in them.
Car and Bicycle Parking：自転車置き場・駐車場
Please be sure to leave your bicycle only in areas designated as bicycle parks in an orderly fashion.
If you own a car, you will be required to rent a parking space—parking on the side of the road is illegal.
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