living in Japan

Japanese Balcony Etiquette – 4 Unspoken Rules!

So, you moved to Japan and found yourself a nice abode to lay your head. Great view, great price, and a great cultural experience. jp.fotolia.com/ Here are a few balcony rules that you may not be aware of! Balcony rules and culture vary greatly from country to country, but Japan, as always, is a little……

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…

How Much Would You Spend If You Could Rent A Friend?

Your love life is nonexistent. After moving to Tokyo to focus on your career, your office has become your home and your social interactions have plummeted to levels you had never imagined. After devoting most of your day to all the tasks your boss gives you, you get home so late you don’t have time…

How to Get a Japanese Credit Card

How to Get a Japanese Credit Card The eternal question many foreigners have to deal with: how can I get a credit card in Japan? In theory, this shouldn’t be a difficult task considering just how common credit cards are. In practice, however, getting a credit card in Japan can be bit more frustrating, particularly…

New Initiatives Following the Revision of the Immigration Control Law

jp.fotolia.com/ On the days preceding the Japanese government’s revision of the Immigration Control Law, which establishes two new visa residency statuses so that in April 2019 Japan can start accepting blue-collar workers from Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Myanmar, Cambodia, and another country that is yet to be selected, several concerns surrounding Japan’s Technical…
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SIM Card Jungle: Comparing Japanese MVNOs

SIM Card Jungle: Comparing Japanese MVNOs jp.fotolia.com/ Choosing a cell phone provider can indeed cause one of those headaches expats who have recently arrived in Japan experience when trying to settle down in their new city. Spending hundreds of yen at a local Starbucks to use their Wi-Fi might sound like a tempting option, but…

Do You Know These 3 Residential Hidden Gems in Kanto, Japan?

Tokyo is home to many interesting and beautiful places, and it is a highly desired residential area for locals and foreigners alike. However, we all know that the more popular the area, the more expensive it can be to live there. So are there any good places around Tokyo that are suitable for living while…

The Most Desirable Place to Live in Kanto, Japan

Countless people want to live in Toyko, Japan’s largest city. The city is bustling with countless interesting events and is a major influence not just on the rest of Japan but the global community as well. As a result, many people around Japan, especially young people living in rural areas want to move to Tokyo…

Studying Abroad in Japan? Here Are 8 Tips You Should Check Out!

Your place in the university of your choice is secured, your accommodation has been organized, you’ve bought your plane tickets, and the big day is almost here – you are about to go and study abroad in Japan! You might have been planning this for weeks, months, or even years, and it’s finally happening. Studying…

Find Cheap International Groceries at This Great Supermarket in Japan!

For international people in Japan or even Japanese people who are fans of foreign products, purchasing foreign imported food can be difficult and sometimes very costly. A small piece of cheese can set you back 1000 yen, and many items you will struggle to find at all. You may know of the chain stores such…