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April 18, 2017

How to Survive on a Basic Teacher Salary in Japan

Tips for making that ¥250,000 go the distance from somebody who’s been there, spent that.

April 11, 2017

A Guide to Pensions for Foreign Residents in Japan

To say that Japan’s pension system is complicated is a bit like saying that the sun is rather warm. We’ve broken it down for those of you planning to stay here long term.

April 4, 2017

Sick Pay in Japan: What You Need to Know

Ever heard of the Japanese government’s Injury and Sickness Allowance?

March 28, 2017

A Quick Guide To Taxes in Japan

As the old cliché goes, the only certain things in life are death and taxes.

March 21, 2017

Why Can’t Japanese Teachers of English… Speak English?

Many Japanese English instructors lack an ability to speak the language they are hoping to teach their students. What might be some of the reasons?

March 14, 2017

How I Tackle Issues of Race and Identity in the Classroom

One ALT shares his experience of tackling the “gaikoku” topic with his students.

March 7, 2017

New Year, New Students: How to Handle the First Lesson

How can ALTs make the best possible impression in their first classes of the new academic year?

February 28, 2017

What’s the Deal with Mascots in Japan?

At times adorable, at other times terrifying, these larger than life characters have ingratiated themselves into almost every facet of Japanese public life.

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.

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