General Informations

Language
The official language of the conference is English.
Simultaneous translation will not be provided.

Visa
Japan has Visa Exemption Arrangements with 62 countries and regions as of April, 2006.
Please check the detailed list of these countries and regions via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan's visa guide webpage (http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html).
If you come from other countries, we advise you to contact the Consular Section of the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan nearest you for more information and advice. More information about visa is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan official website visa information page.

Currency Exchange
You can check today's currency cross rates at
http://finance.yahoo.com/currency?u.
Foreign currencies and traveler's checks can not be used and exchanged at most stores.
They must be exchanged for Japanese yen at airports, post offices and banks.
At Post Offices, you can also withdraw cash with your credit card or ATM card. The cards which can be used at post offices are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners, JCB, Eurocard, Maestro, Plus, and Cirrus cards. The nearest Post Office to the Symposium place is Yokohama-Minato Post Office. ATM service at Yokohama-Minato Post office is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

About YOKOHAMA
Yokohama lies 30km south of Tokyo. In this city different peoples and cultures from all over the world have come together since it became one of the first ports of Japan to open its door to foreign trade in 1859. Today, as the 2nd largest city in Japan, Yokohama is famous for its international atmosphere as well as its advanced industries.
Yokohamafs average temperature (day time) in July is around 30 degrees centigrade. You can get a lot of information about Yokohama from Yokohama City Website. http://www.city.yokohama.jp/en/

About KAMAKURA
Kamakura was once the political and cultural capital of the Shogunate, from 1192 to 1333. It boasts a heritage comparable with that of Kyoto and Nara. You can experience the charm of many ancient temples and shrines, including the famous Great Buddha statue. It can be reached by train in 30min. from Yokohama. More information can be obtained from Kamakura City Website. http://www.city.kamakura.kanagawa.jp/english/

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