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Why Don’t the Japanese Give Priority to the Elderly on Public Transportation?

People are often impressed and overwhelmed by the manners and politeness of the Japanese. But when riding public transportation such as trains or buses, things get turned on their head. It’s not hard to see perfectly healthy-looking people sitting on the seats while there are some elderly standing. This happens even in the PRIORITY SEAT…

Apartment hunting in Tokyo? Things to Be Careful About

Trying to find a decent yet affordable apartment to rent is a nightmarish struggle in almost every city. On top of that, when you try and rent an apartment in a foreign country where there’s a language barrier, the whole experience gets even more arduous. Tokyo has its own issues and different rental market rules,…

Nearly 20,000 foreign children are at risk of “illiteracy” in Japan!

Japan is the country known for their top-ranking education in Asia, also instilling the good manners in Japanese people that the world admires. In recent years, the number of foreigners living and working in Japan has increased, leading to a boom of services aimed at foreigners. These include the Japanese language schools that have been…

How did Halloween Become so Popular in Japan?

View this post on Instagram A post shared by 31 Nights Of Halloween (@31nightsofhalloween) on Sep 22, 2019 at 2:03pm PDT It is September, and from the very first weeks of this month, you have probably been seeing many shops and street corners being decorated with Jack-O-Lantern and other orange and purple colored miscellaneous decorations.…

Police Identify Posts Possibly Written By Kyoto Animation’s Arson Suspect

Bulletin board posts mentioning that Kyoto Animation had dropped poster’s manuscript have been linked to Shinji Aoba, the main suspect behind the deadly arson. Police have stated that due to the information contained in the bulletin boards and their language, they think there is a possibility that Aoba was the person who wrote them. The…

A Conversation with Joe: Navigating Burnout and Family Life in Japan

Each time I sit down with a foreign professional in Japan, I can’t help but think what a treat it is to talk with them. Each person offers not only vast amounts of insight into the industry and culture of Japan today, but also that of the last dozen years. It is one thing to…