Japan has one of the best postal services in the world.
The approximately 24,000 post offices provide a range of postal services including the shipping of letters, parcels, post cards, postal orders and registered mail as well as banking and insurance services.
Small post offices are open from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday, and are normally closed on weekends and national holidays.
However, larger post offices may stay open until 19:00 on weekdays and open for restricted times on weekends.
Most people living in places without a large Muslim community tend to associate halal with dietary restrictions – in other words, the food and drink that Muslims are allowed to consume according to Islamic law. As well as prohibitions on alcohol and pork, this also extends to the ways in which food should be prepared. Halal, however, extends beyond the food and beverage sector and has an impact on many other products and services.