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Many apartments targeted at the expat community already come with one or several landlines built into the apartment. But for those who do not have one, your real estate agent can help you with the entire application process or you can approach Japan Telecom (NTT) directly: NTT East

Applying for a landline is a relatively straightforward process. You will need to show proof of residence (Alien Registration Card), but that’s generally the extent of identification required for application. The charge for the contract and the installation will run approximately US$400. Some opt to "buy" an existing landline from someone leaving Japan to avoid the fees associated with purchasing a new line from NTT. This site describes the process for transferring a landline:

To apply for a new landline you can e-mail NTT at, call them toll-free at 0120-460-815, or drop by any NTT East branc…