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Important Things to Know About Japan’s Refugee Policy

According to the 1951 Refugee Convention, a refugee is someone who is living outside of one’s home country in fear of being persecuted on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, or social or political affiliation and is unable to return home. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as war, and regular…

How to Properly Speed Up your Japanese!

You are probably planning to come to Japan, or you already are there. You are still a student, or a contract worker. You have / will have a visa or will be / are a simple visitor. But nothing is more sure: you have the will to improve your Japanese as much as you can.…

How to Find Cheap Apartments… Where the Dead Roam!

Do you want to find a cheap property in Japan? Good luck! Japan’s real estate prices are continuing to rise, making it more and more difficult for people to become homeowners. Renting is always a popular option in the archipelago, but if you desire to live close to the city centers of major cities like…

Japan’s Deadliest Animal

As summer nears, Japan’s most dangerous animal will start appearing in many places. We are not talking about bears, who roam Hokkaido and the northern part of Honshu. We are also not talking about the dangerous box jellyfish that shows up around Okinawa when waters start to warm. Oh, no. The beast we are talking…

Pursuit your career at a fancy Western restaurant in Tokyo: why not?

Being an expat in Japan is the dream of many people. However, it is difficult to find a decent job in Japan, especially in Tokyo. If you come to Japan with no Japanese ability, working in the kitchen of a restaurant would be a good option. Many foreigners had chosen this career path to go…
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Is It Actually Hard to Find a Job in Japan?

Before first coming to Japan with my brand new Working Holiday Visa, I was told it was pretty difficult for a “gaijin” (aka foreigner) to find a job without speaking some decent Japanese. A lot of people, including my closest relatives, tried way too hard to engrave in my brain this incoherent information (and it…

Japanese Fashion: 2019 Spring’s Men Fashion Trends in Japan- Outfits and Inspiration!

Many people think that the way Japanese men dress is full of personality and style, and that they really understand the philosophy of dressing well. From hairstyling and accessorizing, to mixing and matching colors, they seem to have good fashion sense. Japanese men’s great taste in fashion can even be compared with Japanese women’s. When…

How to Update your Manaca Commuter Pass in 8 Easy Steps!

The manaca is a great little passcard for travel in and around the city. It’s available at a reasonable price and so very convenient to travel from one train line to the next. Although there are many benefits of manaca cards, renewing it can be a bit troublesome. View this post on Instagram 又用到你囉~~❤️ #manaca…

Always Remember These 10 Big No-Nos When You Are in Japan!

Every country has its own taboos, rules, and cultural restrictions. These can differ enormously from nation to nation or between continents. Western societal norms may seem normal to a western person, but seem completely alien to someone from a different part of the world. These stark differences can create something of a culture shock for…