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September 12, 2017

Preparing for Visits to Japan by Family Members With Health Issues

Mom and Dad are finally visiting — and you just became their travel agent. Here are some things to consider for family members with mobility and health issues.

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September 8, 2017

Losing your Wallet in Japan: What to Do and Where to Go

Attempting to replace the contents of your lost wallet can be an all-day journey. Here is exactly what — and what not — to do if forced to navigate the process of replacing all your important cards.

August 31, 2017

Dyslexia: The Teacher’s Hidden Problem

About 25 percent of school students in Japan may have some form of dyslexia. Here some ways to tell if it could be affecting your English class students and some tips to help.

August 22, 2017

7 Awkward Questions Your Students Will Ask (And How To Reply)

Students sometimes enjoy trying to embarrass ALTs (or just have some fun) with awkward, uncomfortable and often personal questions. Here are few ways to deal with them.

August 15, 2017

Teetotal Tipples: 7 No-Alcohol Drinks in Japan

It’s not always Miller time, so here is a selection of some non-alcopops to enjoy at parties, barbecues and other get-togethers in Japan this summer.

August 8, 2017

Late-Summer Kansai Festivals with Local Flavor

If you like Japanese tradition with a touch of fire — and fireworks — visit these local gems.

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July 26, 2017

Surviving Summer As An ALT In Japan

In summer, ALTs working for a dispatch company often get about six weeks off work, whether you asked for it or not.

July 18, 2017

Smartphones in Japan: How To Buy, Unlock and Change Plans

Japanese mobile service is notoriously convoluted — here’s what to do if you plan to bring a phone over from home and sort yourself out with a new one while you’re here.

July 11, 2017

Killer or Creepy? 5 Japanese Bugs To Avoid This Summer

From killers to just creepers, here are five bugs you might encounter this summer in Japan — and ways to avoid inviting them into your home.

July 4, 2017

5 Apps to Make Your Life in Japan Easier

From finding the best restaurants and directions to getting early earthquake warnings, these mobile apps can help make life in Japan that much easier.

June 27, 2017

A Guide To Summer Barbecues In Kansai

From cozy to all-inclusive, here are the three types of barbecues you’ll have in Japan. Plus four spots in Kansai to partake in them.

June 20, 2017

The Inside Track on Autumn ALT Job Recruitment

There are key differences to hiring ALTs for September compared to the hiring process for the beginning of the Japanese school year in April.

June 13, 2017

Breaking the Mold: Can You Teach English in Japan as a Non-Native Speaker?

I’m not a native speaker, but can I still teach English in Japan?

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