Welcome to Hirakata Now

Welcome to Hirakata Now

On the Declaration of State of Emergency for COVID-19

Now, the new type of coronavirus is spreading beyond country borders. What we should do in daily life is washing hands and gargling in proper manner. Putting a mask is also important to avoid the outbreak of the virus. Here is the CDC’s video introducing how to wash your hands.


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Hirakata Now provides you with various and useful information regarding Hirakata City.

I hope this website would be helpful for you to learn Hirakata City.


On the Special Cash Payments

To mitigate severe economic conditions caused by COVID-19, the central government decided to pay special benefits (100,000 Yen per each) to people who are listed in Basic Resident Register as of April 27th 2020.

To receive the special benefits, you need to apply online or using an application form sent from municipal governments.

The special benefits will be paid into a bank account of head of household.

In Hirakata, the city hall will start to send the application forms from the end of May. Basic information about your family members (eg. the name of head of household, family members who can receive the special benefits, residential address, and relationship to head of household) is already printed in the application form. Therefore, you do not have to fill in basic information about your family members, except when you find any typing mistakes.

But, bank information should be filled in on your own.

To see a sample of a Hirakata’s application form, click here.

To learn the details of the Special Cash Payments, click this poster.


Hirakata City Guidebook for Foreigners: We Love Hirakata

We Love Hirakata

Hirakta City Hall (HCH) publishes a city guidebook titled “We Love Hirakata” for foreign residents to learn daily life in Hirakata. The guidebook introduces what HCH can do for foreign residents and provides various information regarding school, bin collection, taxes, national pension and so on. It is written in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese.

“We Love Hirakata” is available at HCH or Hirakata Fundation for Culture and International Exchange. Or, you can also download it from the HCH’s official website (PDF).

Please use the guidebook for your daily life in Hirakata.


A New City Pamphlet Available Now

City Pamphlet 2016

A new city pamphlet has been published on April 1st 2016. The pamphlet briefly introduces Hirakata’s town profiles, seasonal events, and social activities. Furthermore, the Japanese version contains special messages from the celebrities relating to Hirakata City. The pamphlet is available not only in Japanese but also in English, Chinese, and Korean.

You can obtain the pamphlet at Hirakata City Hall and city branch offices. If you want to download all types of the pamphlet. Click the following languages you want to read (Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean).


Hirakata Disaster Prevention Manual: How Can We Protect Ourselves from Natural Disasters?


Hirakata Disaster Prevention Manual titled “How Can We Protect Ourselves from Natural Disasters?” has been completed. The manual introduces what to do in natural disasters and how to evacuate to a local shelter. It is downloadable in a form of PDF. To download, please click here.


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The Social Security and Tax Number System


The Social Security and Tax Number System starts from October 1st 2015. In this system, your 12-digit individual number is determined on October 5th and is informed to you by a paper notification.

For further information about the Social Security and Tax Number System, a new page has been opened (Click Here).


Free English, Chinese, and Korean Interpreter Service for Medical Needs Starts from June 2015

Hirakata City Hall has started a free interpreter service for foreigners who need medical care at hospitals and clinics. The service dispatches a voluntary interpreter who have has taken part in training programmes for a medical interpreter to a medical institution. To use the free interpreter service, apply at the medical institution where you see a doctor. For further information about the interpreter service, visit HCH’s website (Free Interpreter Service for Medical Needs) and a leaflet about the free interpreter service. The leaflet is available at Kenko Somuka located on the 2nd floor of the HCH’s annex building.