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Louise George Kittaka

Kiwi Louise has three kids, three cats and one Japanese husband (but not necessarily in that order). After twenty years in Japan, she still can’t eat natto. She started out as a writer and editor in educational publishing, and now combines that with newspaper columnist, cross-cultural trainer, university lecturer and part-time teacher for special ed. teens. When she can carve out some free time, she loves travelling, going out to karaoke and collecting anything to do with the Aliens movies.

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Where Super-Thin is Still In: Attitudes to Body Image in Japan

What do Japanese women and men consider the ideal body? And how do they go about getting it?

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Rikuzentakata: Five Years On

Rikuzentakata is very much still in the process of rebuilding. We are starting from a negative place—not even from zero.

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11 Things You Need To Know About The New My Number System

The new Japanese “My Number” system (also known as the “Social Security and Tax Number System”) is up and running, here's what you need to know.

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Working Towards a Barrier-Free Japan

The key word here is ‘universal design’—designs that can be utilized by anyone, regardless of age or physical condition.

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Tips for Getting Along With a Japanese Mother-in-law

Building close relationships with Japanese people requires understanding the importance of nonverbal communication.

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What’s With Women-Only Carriages?

First introduced in 1912, the woman only trains have caught on in many other parts of the world.

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Deadline for Swapping to the New Residence Card Looms

Better get down to immigration as the deadline for replacing your old Alien Registration Cards with the new Residence Card is coming soon.

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