LIFE & RESIDENCE

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Jan 10, 2020life
The Cost of Living in Japan

Nobody’s ever asked me if it’s expensive to live in Japan, or to visit, but only because they’re too sure to ask any questions. Instead, people tell me that being in Japan at all is much too expensive, more than most of the world by far, and that it’s one of the things ruling out living here or visiting.

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Dec 27, 2019life
Healthcare in Japan
Medical care in Japan is generally very reliable, efficient, and affordable. In this article we will look at the key points you need to know to access appropriate healthcare in...
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Dec 12, 2019life
Using Sumally Pocket to free yourself from possessions

Do you ever worry about having too many things you don’t need in your house? For example, clothes.

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Nov 29, 2019life
The Ultimate Guide to Meeting People in Japan

So, you’ve moved to a new country. You’ve found a job, an apartment, and a language teacher. You are on track… But is that all there is? What about having fun? What about dealing with stress of adjusting to all this huge life changes?

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Nov 15, 2019life
The Japanese Postal System

In this article we are going to look at Japan’s postal system and introduce some key post office vocabulary. There are around 24,000 post offices in Japan, which are operated by the Japan Post company (called 日本郵便 or Nippon Yūbin in Japanese).

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Nov 1, 2019life
Tips on Sorting Your Trash in Japan

Although rules for trash and garbage disposal can vary across Japan depending on the prefecture or locality, generally speaking, domestic trash is separated into burnable and non-burnable waste.

Another's Treasure: Second-Hand Goods in Japan
Oct 18, 2019life
Another's Treasure: Second-Hand Goods in Japan
When I was growing up (and I should mention this was in a fairly large city, nothing like where I am now), every family raced to get the best and...
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Oct 4, 2019life
How to Get a Driver’s License in Japan

In the following article we will give a brief introduction to the driver’s license and permit options available to long-term foreign residents in Japan.

FinTech, and the payment services that might solve Japan’s cash-only problem
Sep 20, 2019life
FinTech, and the payment services that might solve Japan’s cash-only problem

Do you prefer to pay with cash? Or do you prefer go cashless?
I’m in the latter camp.
Which is to say, I don’t feel that there’s much merit in using cash.