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Alfie Blincowe

English teaching may pay Alfie Blincowe's bills, but when he's not involved giving lessons he is more active with his creative side on his blog. A fan of Japanese literature, history and desserts, Alfie's been known to work in exchange for sweet potatoes as it is where most of his money would go anyway.

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5 Misconceptions About the Trains in Japan

They’re not all perfectly punctual futuristic concepts and none of them transform into giant robots.

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6 Types of Preschoolers English Teachers Will Meet in Japan

How to deal with young English learners who range from fun to frustrating.

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Understanding the Japanese Health Insurance System Part 2/2

How to access the medical care and services you need.

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Understanding the Japanese Health Insurance System Part 1/2: How Much Does it Cost?

An easy-to-follow guide for anyone who is confused by Japan's national health insurance plan.

By 9 min read

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Surviving the Enkai: How to Prepare for Japanese Drinking Culture at Work

Whether you love drinking with colleagues or hate it, it’s a necessary part of life in Japan. Here are some tips to get you through your first — or next — work party.

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6 Misconceptions about Teaching English at a Japanese University

Teaching at a university or college is the dream job in Japan, right? Well, the reality might be a little different than the expectation.

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Understanding the Japanese Pension System Part 3/3: How Do I Collect?

A breakdown of how to get the money you are entitled to after contributing to the Japanese pension scheme. Whether you plan to retire here or are leaving Japan or your home country — this guide is for you.

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Understanding the Japanese Pension System Part 2/3: What Will I Pay?

Whether you work in Japan for a limited or extended period of time, here’s a breakdown of the amount you will contribute to the pension plan and what you can expect to get out of it.

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Black Flag: How to Avoid Working for a Shady Japanese Company

It's important to draw the line between working hard and being deviously overworked by a company that may want to bend the rules by manipulating new or junior employees. Here are some tips.

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Understanding the Japanese Pension System Part 1/3: What Is It and How Does It Work?

A pension explanation that won’t leave your head spinning.

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Teaching Japanese Kindergartners: 4 Reasons It’s Not as Scary as You Think

While most people first start looking for English teaching jobs in Japan that cater to adults and older teens, teaching young children has its benefits, too.

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