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February 21, 2017

Japan’s New Permanent Residency Rules Explained

How do the new requirements for permanent residency in Japan affect foreign residents?

February 14, 2017

3 Romantic Spots in Osaka for Valentine’s Day

In Osaka? Here’s where you can take your better half tonight.

February 2, 2017

A Guide to Traveling Japan for Cheap with Highway Buses

Japan’s countrywide network of highway buses offers a cheap alternative to train and air travel, with some surprising perks.

January 29, 2017

How Can We Raise Japan’s Level of English?

The level of English in Japan ranks significantly lower than surrounding countries. One ALT shares his thoughts on ways to raise standards.

January 26, 2017

Tips for Taking your Japanese to the Next Level

We all have our own New Year’s resolutions: some easily obtainable, some pretty lofty and others just downright ridiculous. Improving your Japanese ability shouldn’t be the latter. Here’s how to keep your resolve.

A row of players playing pachinko. Are casinos in Japan an unnecessary gamble?
January 22, 2017

Are Casinos in Japan an Unnecessary Gamble?

One writer and Osaka resident shares his opinion on the recent legalization of casinos in Japan.

January 10, 2017

Teaching in Japan: A Guide to English Speech Contests

English speech contests are one area where ALTs can really make a difference.

December 29, 2016

5 Things to Do in Nagano City (That Aren’t Winter Sports)

What to do in Nagano if you don’t want to careen down hills at high speeds.

December 27, 2016

New Year, New Job in Japan?

The end of the year is the perfect time to start thinking about applying for a new English teaching job in Japan. Here are some tips.

December 20, 2016

Japan and the Jedi: How Japan Influenced ‘Star Wars’

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was released in Japan on Friday — and you might be surprised at just how much the country’s culture and traditions have influenced the famous franchise.

December 13, 2016

5 Places to Do Your Christmas Shopping in Osaka

A guide to the best places in Osaka to find the perfect Christmas gift.

December 6, 2016

What’s Christmas Like in Japan?

In Japan this Christmas? Here’s some of the things you can expect during the ホリデイズ.

November 30, 2016

Bonenkai: The Office Night Out

As the holiday season approaches, we offer a little guide to the year-end staff parties.

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