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4. Get cell phones. You need a way for people to get in touch with you and cell phones are the easiest way. (If living off-base, many people do not bother with a Japanese land line, since they are expensive.) Softbank (formerly Vodophone) is offered at the NEX and AU is offered down Blue Street. Many people say that AU has a better service area. (See “Telephone Information” section for general dialing instructions.)

5. Figure out your living arrangements. Attend the housing briefing at the housing office (held daily at 0800) and get on the on-base housing waiting list. There are two briefs a day. The first is for OFF-base housing and is every day at 0830. The second is for living ON-base and is every day at 0200. Bring your PCS orders stamped by their receiving command, family entry approval, and either detaching endorsement or history of assignment. You will need to be on the briefing roster. To register you can call 243-9037 or 046.816.9037. You can also register by stopping by the front desk at the Housing Center (attached to the Navy Lodge). (See Living Arrangements for more information)

6. If you have young children, call the Hourly Child Development Center (CDC) and make sure your child/children have daycare reservations set up during the Area Orientation Brief (AOB) class that you must attend. At the CDC, you need to attend an orientation (held daily at 0900) and bring an immunization record for each child. Check to see if your sponsor can book a reservation for your children at the CDC before you arrive, since it tends to book up quickly! (See “Children in Japan” section.) For more information: http://www.cfay.navy.mil/mwr/cdc.html

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