Onboarding Steps

The below is the steps to MailMate.

For Businesses

Step 1) Zoom Meeting with MailMate Sales Representative:

We will discuss your company's challenges, and later provide you with a quotation. Those who are considering or just want consultation are welcome to participate. You can schedule a meeting through this link.

Step 2) ID Check / Screening:

Confirmation of the intended use, submission of copies of two forms of identification for the representative or contact person, and submission of one corporate identification document are required.

Step 3) Signing of Electronic Contract:

You will electronically sign documents including customer information, consent for address usage, power of attorney, and confidentiality agreement.

Step 4) Payment:

Complete credit card registration and payment through the payment link shared via email.

Step 5) Address Verification:

A verification code will be sent via non-forwardable mail to the address stated in the corporate identification document. Please email the code back to the contact person of the code via email.

Note: In case of loss of the confirmation code after receipt, a resend will incur a fee of ¥520 for within Japan, ¥5,000 for outside of Japan as postage

Step 6) Commencement of Service Usage:

Upon confirmation of the code, we will commence providing services for receiving, scanning, and uploading mail items.

Step 7) Notification of Address Change:

We will handle changes in the mailing address for mail items such as invoices or receipts sent from business partners. For further details, please contact us.

For Individuals:

Step 1) Meeting with MailMate Sales Representative:

We will explain usage and answer any questions you may have. Those who are considering or just want consultation are welcome to participate. You can schedule a meeting through this link.

Step 2) ID Check / Screening:

Confirmation of the intended use, submission of copies of two forms of identification for the contract holder, are required. In case of family usage, please submit identification documents of the contract holder only.

Step 3) Signing of Electronic Contract:

You will electronically sign documents including customer information, consent for address usage, and power of attorney.

Step 4) Payment:

Complete credit card registration and payment through the payment link shared via email.

Step 5) Address Verification:

A confirmation code will be sent via non-forwardable mail to the address stated in the submitted IDs. Please email the code back to the contact person of the code via email.

Note: In case of loss of the confirmation code after receipt, a resend will incur a fee of ¥520 for within Japan, ¥5,000 for outside of Japan as postage

Step 6) Commencement of Service Usage:

Upon confirmation of the code, we will commence providing services for receiving, scanning, and uploading mail items.

Getting Started

Setting Up Your Account

Whether you’re an individual or a business, first you’ll need to create an account to get started.

  1. Go to the MailMate signup page.

  2. Enter your email address and click on "Create an Account".
  3. Check your email inbox and click on the URL provided in the email.

  1. Set your password.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Contact Information: support@mailmate.jp

User Invitations

This document explains how to invite users.

Step 1: Create an Account and Send Invitations to Users

  1. Have the users you want to add create an account.
  2. Log in to the existing user's account and open the "Settings" from the "Inbox" section.


  3. Enter the email address of the user you want to invite.

  4. Select "Edit Access."
  5. Click the "Add" button.

Step 2: Users Receive the Invitation

  1. Invited users will receive an invitation email.
  2. Users can click the link provided in the invitation email to access their inbox.

This completes the process of inviting users and creating accounts. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Contact Information: support@mailmate.jp

Setting Up Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Enabling Two-Factor Authentication

Here's a step-by-step guide on configuring two-factor authentication for your login.

1. Go to “General” from “Settings” at the bottom left of the MailMate dashboard.

2. In the Two-Factor Authentication section, choose either "Authentication App" or "Email" as your method to receive the authentication code, then click "Set up."

3. "Authentication App"

4. Use an OTP-compatible app to scan the provided QR code.

5. Input the code generated by the app and your MailMate account password.

6. Click "Confirm and Enable 2FA".

7. Once you see the message "Successfully enabled two factor authentication.", your setup is complete.

8. Safely store the backup verification codes generated, which can be used if the app is not functional.

3. "Email"

4. An OTP code will be sent to your registered email address.

5. Enter the OTP code received via email, along with your password.

6. Click "Confirm and Enable 2FA”.

7. Once you see the message "Successfully enabled two factor authentication.", your setup is complete.

8. Safely store the backup verification codes generated, which can be used if the email is not functional.

Disabling Two-Factor Authentication

If you wish to disable two-factor authentication, follow these steps:

1. Go to “General” from “Settings” at the bottom left of the dashboard.

2. Click "Disable 2FA".

3. Two-Factor Authentication has now been successfully disabled.

Features

How to Request an Open Scan

Here's how to request an open scan.

To request an open scan, follow these steps:

  1. Select the mail item for which you want to request an open scan.
  2. Click "Open it"


  1. Your open scan request is now complete. It will be processed within one business day.
  2. You will receive a notification email when the mail item is opened.

If you have any questions, please contact our customer support at support@mailmate.jp.

How to Request Mail Forwarding

You can request mail forwarding using the following steps:

  1. Select the mail items you want to forward from the list of mail items.
  2. Click "Forward" and fill in the necessary details, including the forwarding address, recipient name, and delivery date.

  3. Click "Request Forwarding" to submit your request.
  • If you wish to receive mail at the address where you have submitted a change of address notice, please specify this and provide details like "Post Office Hold" or "Sagawa Express Delivery."
  • If you receive mail at your nearest post office, include the desired post office's postal code, address, and add "郵便局留" along with your proof of address.
  • If you wish to receive your package at a Sagawa Express office (佐川急便営業所受取), please provide the following information: Preferred 営業所 name, its postal code, recipient's address, full name, and mobile number.
  • If you want to request bulk forwarding, please specify your preferences, such as "I want to forward all mail received by [date] (total [number] items)" or "I want to forward 2 items from [Company X] and [Person Y]."

That's it! You can easily request mail forwarding.

Forwarding Request Charges:

Forwarding actual cost + Forwarding service fee of ¥500 + 3% of the forwarding actual cost. For example, if you are forwarding mail with an actual cost of ¥1,000:

¥1,000 (forwarding actual cost) + ¥500 (forwarding service fee) + ¥30 (3% of forwarding actual cost) = ¥1,530

We will bill this amount to the credit card registered for your monthly subscription payment.

Bulk forwarding request:

  1. Click on "List View" at the bottom left of the dashboard.

  1. Check all the items you wish to forward.

  1. Click on the envelope icon "✉".
  2. Enter the destination postal code, address, and recipient's name. Please add a note such as "Bulk forwarding" at this time.

Overseas forwarding request:

In MailMate, overseas forwarding is conducted through two methods:

  • EMS (economical, takes some time to arrive)
  • Fedex (expensive, faster than EMS)

  1. Click on the forwarding icon located at the top right of the dashboard.
  2. If there are specific instructions regarding the destination address and shipping method, please provide them accordingly. *If no specific instructions are provided, we will use EMS for shipment.

Please fill out the following template for your forwarding request:

Please copy the template below and fill it out in the forwarding request section.

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Recipient Address (in English):

Postal Code:

Recipient's Name:

Contents (in English):

Price (JPY):

HS Code:

Quantity:

Insurance: Yes/No

If yes, please select price from this table:

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Important Notes for Mail Forwarding Requests

Typically, MailMate uses Japan Post's Letter Pack to forward your mail. Therefore, there are some important considerations to prevent your mail from being sent back to MailMate when requesting forwarding to the address where you submitted a change of address notice:

  1. When making a forwarding request, be sure to mention that it is the address where you have submitted a change of address notice.
  2. Specify the option for receiving at a local post office, also known as "Post Office Hold," or through "Sagawa Express" delivery, even if it's the address where you submitted a change of address notice. Mail can be forwarded to different recipients even if it's the same address.
  3. MailMate will declare based on the information provided by the customer at the time of shipment. Therefore, if there is falsification in the contents, if prohibited items are included, or if the declared price is deemed different, there may be issues during local customs clearance. In such cases, MailMate cannot be held responsible for any penalties or confiscations.
  4. If the package cannot clear customs and is returned to the sender, we cannot arrange for reshipment. The package will be held by MailMate for one week, after which it will be forwarded to the customer's forwarding address in Japan. The shipping and processing fees for this process will be borne by the customer.

Setting the Default Home address

 We'll guide you on how to set the default forwarding address, which you can use when requesting forwarding for the original mail.

1. Go to “General” from “Settings” at the bottom left of the MailMate dashboard.

2. Input the desired home address in the field under the “Default Home Address”.

3. Save your address by clicking the “Save Changes” button.

4. The default home address you entered will now be automatically used when initiating mail forwarding requests.

5. If you have specific requests or want to forward to a different address, uncheck the box to enable free-text input.

How To Request Disposal

To request disposal, follow these steps:

  1. Access the mail item you want to dispose of.
  2. Select "Dispose" from the action menu.

  3. After completing the disposal request, the item will be securely disposed of.
  4. When the disposal is complete, a mark indicating disposal will appear on the mail item.

How to Request Paying Bills

 If you receive a bill that can be paid at convenience stores, MailMate can handle the payment on your behalf.

  1. Please click the red "Pay Bill" button displayed on the dashboard.

  1. The amount, including MailMate's fee, will be immediately charged to your registered card.

  1. Within the payment deadline, we will make the payment on your behalf.
  2. Customers can request payment agency services only when the red "Pay Bill" button appears on the dashboard.

*In general, invoices or bills without this button cannot be requested for bill payment service.

The button will only appear for cases that meet the following two conditions:

1. Payment is possible at convenience stores nationwide.

2. It is within the payment deadline.

Sharing Mail Data via Link

You can share mail data via a link by following these steps:

1. Open the mail you want to share and click on the "Share Link" icon.

2. The link will initially be inactive, but you can make it active by clicking on "Copy and Share." This will copy the active link.

3. By opening the copied link, even those who have not created a MailMate account will be able to view the data.

How To Check Your Mail Opens Usage

Here are the steps to check the number of opened items:

  1. Click on 'Settings' at the bottom left of the dashboard.

  1. Go to 'Billing'

  1. Scroll down the screen to find the “Mail Opens Usage"

System Requirements

MailMate's cloud service is accessible through web browsers. Please note that operating systems or browsers that have discontinued support are not included in the supported operating environment.

Windows

  • Microsoft Edge latest version (Chromium version only)
  • Mozilla Firefox latest version
  • Google Chrome latest version

macOS

  • Safari latest version
  • Mozilla Firefox latest version
  • Google Chrome latest version

iOS /Safari

Latest iOS 15, 16

iPadOS/Safari        

Latest iPadOS 15, 16

Android

Android Chrome latest version, starting from Android 10

 Administrator Permissions

In this section, we'll guide you through the process of setting up and managing permissions within the MailMate dashboard.

 Using the INBOX

By adding an INBOX, you gain the ability to:

  • Manage mail for each department
  • Organize mail for each location
  • Specify users who can view each INBOX
  • Designate users who can edit each INBOX

Adding an INBOX:

  1. Click on 'Inbox' under the "Mail" section.

  1. Enter the INBOX name and click 'Add.'

  1. Navigate to "Settings" > "Inbox" > "Users" to add users with access to the selected INBOX.

  1. By enabling 'Edit Access' for a user, they can utilize action buttons on the document data within the INBOX. Users without edit access can only view.

 Notifying Shipping Address Changes to Clients

For corporate clients, we provide a service to handle notifications of changes in the mailing / billing addresses to respective business partners. For more details, please contact Customer Support at support@mailmate.jp.

 For Postal Mail

  1. Check "Settings" > "General Settings" > "Virtual Address Settings."

  1. Provide the address, including the 'Management Number.'

⚠️ The 'Management Number' varies for each INBOX.

 For Emails

  1. Check "Settings" > "Inbox" > "Upload Images" for the specific email address.

  1. To receive documents as images or PDFs, instruct senders to a recipient this email address.

  • For example, if the sender includes the provided email address in a recipient when sending an invoice as a PDF, it will automatically upload to the corresponding INBOX.

⚠️ The email address varies for each INBOX.

 Corporate Customers

 Addresses Available for Registration

MailMate currently offers addresses available for registration in Fukuoka and Tokyo. For detailed address information and service details, please contact us at support@mailmate.jp.

 Unsupported Business Types

 Virtual offices are a cost-effective way to establish your business, but there are specific business types that cannot use a virtual office address. Examples include:

  • Legal services (lawyers, accountants, scriveners, etc.)
  • Construction
  • Financial transactions
  • Waste disposal
  • Secondhand goods
  • Private investigation
  • Adult entertainment
  • Occupations requiring government notifications or licenses typically require a physical office.

 Account & Payment

 Changing Your Email Address

 This document explains the steps required to change your email address:

  1. Log in to your MailMate account.
  2. Open the account information from the settings in the bottom left corner.
  3. Find the "Email Address" section in the account information.
  4. Click on "Email Address" and enter your new email address.
  5. Save the changes to complete the process.

 Changing Payment Method

 This document explains how to change your payment method:

Payment Method Change Procedure:

  1. Start by logging into your account.
  2. Click on "Payment Settings" on the settings page.
  3. Click the "Update Credit Card" button.
  4. Choose your new payment method.
  5. If needed, enter the details of your new payment method.
  6. Review the changes and save them.

Follow these steps to change your payment method. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 Currency Management For Receipts and Invoices

“Settings” > “Receipt” > Scroll down to “Currency”

Change to the currency that best suits your needs. Click “Save Changes.”

Notes: In tables and reports, all the receipts and bills will be automatically converted to the above currency in addition to displaying the original currency.

 Receipt Confirmation and Issuance

 This document explains the steps required to confirm or issue receipts.

How To Confirm Your Receipt:

  1. Start by logging into your account.
  2. Click on "Receipt" in the settings.

Follow these steps to confirm your receipts!

How To Issue A Receipt

  1. Start by logging into your account.
  2. Click on "Invoices" in the settings.
  3. Click "Receipt" in the "Action" section for the receipt you want to issue.

 Canceling Your MailMate Subscription

If you wish to cancel your MailMate subscription, please contact our support desk.

You can reach our support desk here: support@mailmate.jp

Once you've made the request, we will contact you through our customer support to provide you with the process for cancellation, with the earliest possible cancellation being at the end of the following month.

Electronic Storage Requirements under the Electronic Bookkeeping Law

Special Notes

  1. Data Preservation:

Data stored in the system must be preserved in its original form without altering the data received from the bookkeeping system.

For tax-related records that are eligible for storage through electronic means, they should be consistently created using a computer from the initial recording stage. Handwritten tax-related records are not eligible for electronic storage. However, records received or created on paper can be stored through scanning.

  1. Documentation of Electronic Processing:

When applying the data storage provisions of the Electronic Bookkeeping Law, it is essential to maintain documentation that clearly outlines the administrative procedures related to electronic data processing during system operation.

It is also necessary to document the procedures for providing and storing electronic records.

  1. Hardware and Data Environment:

It is crucial to establish a suitable viewing environment, taking into consideration hardware and data capacity. This environment should:

Allow for swift output of search results on display or printer.

Ensure a quick search response time.

Enable the immediate output of bookkeeping data on both screen and paper.

  1. Separation of Data Creation and Search Systems:

If the system for creating bookkeeping data and the system for searching are different, measures must be taken to confirm that the data used for searching is identical to the data stored under the Electronic Bookkeeping Law.

  1. Compliance with 'Quality Electronic Bookkeeping':

Bookkeeping data stored in the system should meet the regulatory requirements for 'Quality Electronic Bookkeeping' (functional requirements).

To apply the tax reduction measures under Article 8, Paragraph 4 of the Electronic Bookkeeping Law, all records related to the specific tax category must meet the 'Quality Electronic Bookkeeping' requirements, stored in electronic format. Additionally, a notification should be submitted in advance to the respective tax authority.