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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.

November 21, 2016

On Demand TV in Japan: Why Netflix is the Way to Go

“Wanna Hulu and chill?” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

November 16, 2016

Cutting the Contract: A Guide to Setting Up a SIM-Free Phone in Japan

Getting your monthly phone bill to as low as ¥2,000 is now an actual possibility in Japan — just be sure to read the fine print.

November 1, 2016

5 Tips for Tackling Stress in the Japanese Workplace

Is Japan a fertile breeding ground for stress and anxiety-related disorders? If you feel like it is, here are some ways to help you cope. And remember, you’re not alone.

October 18, 2016

A Brief Guide to Credit Cards in Japan

Credit where credit is due.

5 Steps to Handle Nervous Students in Class
September 29, 2016

Teaching in Japan: 5 Steps to Handle Nervous Students

As a language teacher, how do you deal with students who are too nervous to take part in your class? Here’s 5 steps to help you.

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