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    Default Re: Bringing prescriptions to Japan

    Just to clarify, that's more than three months WITH the Yakkan Shoumei.
    Without it, then yeah - one month is the limit AFAIK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ode to a Grasshopper View Post
    Just to clarify, that's more than three months WITH the Yakkan Shoumei.
    Without it, then yeah - one month is the limit AFAIK.
    I'm trying to remeber who told me three months, since I can't find a reference to absolute limits for the yakkan shoumei on the sites. I think it might have been my coordinator.
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    I think 3 months is for contact lenses.

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    Why would there be a limit on contact lenses?
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny View Post
    Why would there be a limit on contact lenses?
    Reselling? Collusion with Japanese optometrists?

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    I guess anything is possible.
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    That's pretty annoying... I wear contacts every day! Any contact lens wearers have advice?

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    I buy mine online from 001lens. The site's in Japanese, but the boxes are about half the price of the ones at the contact stores here.

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    90% of the time, I assume you'd be able to find your preferred contacts pretty easily over here. Companies like Acuvue and Alcon probably sell pretty similar lines of products all over the industrialized world.

    If you're really attached to a less popular or older type that might be harder to find, you might want to buy a year's worth and bring half or it when you come and have the rest sent later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weepinbell View Post
    That's pretty annoying... I wear contacts every day! Any contact lens wearers have advice?
    Also, you don't need a prescription to order from US discount sites and have them shipped over. I've used lens.com a few times. It's reasonable. (I have the same prescription for both eyes, so I can order 6 boxes of one type and still get the discount, which usually kicks in at 3+ boxes.) It's much cheaper than buying from the shops here. Both times I've gone to an optometrist here they've wanted to lower my prescription (a common theme among optometry complaints.) I ended up stopping at an optometrist in the US when on vacation and getting the power that I wanted (and could still see properly with.)

    You can find a few sites that will do personal import for you at a really great price, but you have to give them a Japanese prescription and wait for a yakkan shoumei, or go on a repeating order (3 boxes every 3 months etc ordered automatically.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny View Post
    90% of the time, I assume you'd be able to find your preferred contacts pretty easily over here. Companies like Acuvue and Alcon probably sell pretty similar lines of products all over the industrialized world.

    If you're really attached to a less popular or older type that might be harder to find, you might want to buy a year's worth and bring half or it when you come and have the rest sent later.
    Yeah, I already have a 1 yr 1/2 prescription from my optometrist so I was just gonna buy the whole thing off 1800contacts or coastal or something since it's cheaper than doing it in increments. But then I'd still have to get someone here to ship them to Japan every 3 months? But I don't know how all that works with yakkan shoumei..? It all just seems sort of inconvenient lol but if that's what I'm gonna have to do, I'll find a way...

    Quote Originally Posted by webstaa View Post
    Both times I've gone to an optometrist here they've wanted to lower my prescription (a common theme among optometry complaints.) I ended up stopping at an optometrist in the US when on vacation and getting the power that I wanted (and could still see properly with.)
    Yeah I was reading about that in a different thread. Definitely will not be seeing an optometrist in Japan unless I stay longer than a year... I'd like to keep my current state of vision lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weepinbell View Post
    But then I'd still have to get someone here to ship them to Japan every 3 months? But I don't know how all that works with yakkan shoumei..? It all just seems sort of inconvenient lol but if that's what I'm gonna have to do, I'll find a way...
    They'll ship internationally just fine, so long as you only order 2 months at a time (you don't need yakkan shoumei unless you want to do boxes/shipment.) Yakkan shoumei is only necessary for more than 2 months supply at a time. (Essentially, if you bring a year's supply with you in your luggage, you should get a yakkan shoumei for it. If you are sending/receiving them in a parcel, you must have a yakkan shoumei for more than a 2 month supply.)

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    Anyone know offhand or from experience what the yakkan shoumei limitations are for lenses or birth control? Or are there any? Earlier in the thread, people were talking about a 3 month limit for certain meds, but maybe I'm just getting confused. The ministry site doesn't say anything about limits with the certificate, just without.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weepinbell View Post
    Anyone know offhand or from experience what the yakkan shoumei limitations are for lenses or birth control?
    1 Year's supply is the Yakkan Shoumei limit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webstaa View Post
    1 Year's supply is the Yakkan Shoumei limit.
    Awesome that is not bad at all. Thanks!!

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