Safety in Japan

It is of the utmost concern of our company that all Interac ALTs live and work in safety as well as enjoy life in Japan. Interac makes extensive efforts to ensure that all employees have a safe and comfortable life. At the start of your employment, we will provide information on how to be careful of and deal with the challenges and situations you might encounter.

So that you may enjoy living and working in Japan, we recommend that you adopt a positive approach to coping with life in Japan. In other words, take an interest in Japanese culture and tradition. Doing so will help you to get along with people with different cultural backgrounds. Having close Japanese friends might also help you in many cases.

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, as evidenced by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Alcohol and Illegal Drug Usage in Japan

During the initial orientation and training, all new ALTs will be given information on the laws, penalties, and attitudes relating to the use and possession of illegal drugs and alcohol in Japan.

There is no social concept of “hard” or “soft” drugs. Simply being under the influence of a drug is crime, separate from possession, trafficking, etc., and it carries its own penalties. Receiving drugs by any means is a crime. Aside from informers, sting operations, customs control, and stop-and-search, police use controlled delivery to stop trafficking. People who receive packages of drugs are guilty even if they are ignorant of the contents of the shipment. Police will place under surveillance known associates of drug traffickers and users, often by using contact data stored in cell phones. Please protect yourself by making smart choices about your friends and making people, both in Japan and overseas, aware of this situation. If you fall into the hands of the Japanese justice system, there is very little anyone will be able to do to help you.

Law Common Drug Names Penalty
Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Law Cocaine, heroin, opiates, barbiturates, LSD, hallucinogens, inhalants, and related central nervous system agents. 7 – 10 years in prison
¥2 – 3 million fine
Cannabis Control Law Marijuana, hashish, and all derivatives of the cannabis plant. 3 yrs. to life in prison
¥10 million fine
Stimulants Control Law Amphetamine, and 8 categories of related central nervous system stimulants.

The penalties in the above table only relate to the use of a drug, and penalties are heavier when you possess, transfer, receive, import, etc. in violation of these laws. If you break several laws, the penalty will be compounded. Japanese laws are very harsh towards drug-related crimes. Almost all drug cases result in guilty verdicts.

The legal driving limit for alcohol found on one’s breath in Japan is effectively 0.0. DUI/DWI, and this includes riding a bicycle, scooter, or motorcycle. A positive field test by a police officer results in immediate arrest. There is no right to refuse a test. A person who serves alcohol, rides with, or provides a vehicle to someone who goes on to commit a DUI/DWI is also culpable.

 Blood Alcohol Level Crime Monetary Penalty Imprisonment Effect on Driver’s License
.015 mg/ml to 0.25 mg/ml DUI Up to ¥500,000 Up to 3 years in prison Lose license for 1 year
 Over 0.25 mg/ml DWI Up to ¥1,000,000 Up to 5 years in prison Lose license for 3 years
 Negligent Driving Resulting in Death Can be up to 20 years, 30 years in grevious cases, or life sentence Lose license for 10 years

All Interac ALTs must pledge that, while in Japan, they do not and shall not knowingly possess and/or take drugs that violate Japanese law. Furthermore, they will not possess and/or take synthetic psychoactive substances, generally called “脱法ハーブ” (Dappo Herb) and “脱法ドラッグ (Dappo Drug).

Embassies and Diplomatic Missions in Japan

We recommend, when considering making an application to become an Interac ALT, that you spend a moment to research your country’s diplomatic relationship and presence in Japan. Your embassy in Japan is a good source of information applicable to its citizens abroad.

A number of embassies and/or consulates offer services and support for their citizens. An understanding of these can provide both you and your family peace of mind, especially in emergency situations.

We have provided links below to the diplomatic missions of some of the most common countries of origin:


United States of America

Embassy of the United States Tokyo, Japan
Akasaka 1-10-5
Tokyo 107-8420+81-(0)3-3224-5000

Registration of American Nationals overseas:

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)


The United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland

British Embassy Tokyo
Ichiban-cho 1
Tokyo 102-8381+81-(0)

Registration of British Nationals overseas:

The FCO ended the LOCATE online system from April 2013



Embassy of Canada to Japan
Akasaka 7-3-38
Tokyo 107-8503+81-(0)

Registration of Canadian Nationals overaseas:

Registrations of Canadians Abroad



Australian Embassy, Tokyo
Mita 2-1-14
Tokyo 108-8361+81-(0)

Registration of Australian Nationals overseas:

Smart Traveller

New Zealander

New Zealand

New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan
Kamiyama-cho 20-40
Tokyo 150-0047+81-(0)

Registration of New Zealand Nationals overseas:

Safe Travel


Republic of Ireland

Embassy of Ireland, Tokyo
Ireland House
Kojimachi 2-10-7
Tokyo 102-0083+81-(0)3-3263-0695

Registration of Irish Nationals overseas:

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Travel Registration



Embassy of Jamaica Tokyo, Japan
Toranomon Yatsuka Building 2F
Atago 1-1-11
Tokyo 105-0002+81-(0)3-3435-1861

Registration of Jamaican Nationals overseas:

Embassy of Jamaica Tokyo, Japan


Republic of the Philippines

Philippine Embassy Tokyo, Japan
Roppongi 5-15-5
Tokyo 106-8537+81-(0)

Registration of Philippine Nationals overseas:

No known system exists