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Black Flag: How to Avoid Working for a Shady Japanese Company

It's important to draw the line between working hard and being deviously overworked by a company that may want to bend the rules by manipulating new or junior employees. Here are some tips.

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JP Smart Wi-Fi: The Pocket Wi-Fi Helping Foreigners Connect On and Offline

If you’re planning a long visit or looking to study abroad in Japan, JP Smart Wi-Fi has totally got you.

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Understanding the Japanese Pension System Part 1/3: What Is It and How Does It Work?

A pension explanation that won’t leave your head spinning.

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4 Cold Ramen Dishes for the Sweltering Japanese Summer

Bowls of Japan’s famous noodle-based soup don’t always have to be served scalding hot. There are several chilled variations that can be enjoyed in the notoriously hot Japanese summer months.

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Omiyage: How to Fit Right in at Work when Giving Japanese-style Gifts and Souvenirs

Japan's gifting culture is impressive, but it can create some confusion for those unfamiliar with the concept.

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Japanese Words Made for Earthquakes and Other Disasters

Following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that recently hit Kansai, the floods and landslide in western Japan and the current nationwide heatwave, it’s time to look at some words for these terrifying natural occurrences.

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5 of the Best Places For Craft Beer in Tokyo

Tap into a new drinking experience with a few of the best spots in the city for craft beer.

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All About Ocha: The Wonderful World of Japanese Tea

Whether you drink it hot, cold, bagged, powdered, loose leaf, in jeans or in a kimono — green tea is inextricably linked with Japanese culture. From “matcha” to “houjicha,” here’s our guide to enjoying the many different styles.

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How To Fall In Love With Oita, Japan in 25 Photos

Tokyo seemed like a vapid beast after three days in Oita Prefecture.

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5 English Novelizations of Popular Japanese Anime

No Netflix? No problem! Here are five superb novelizations of Japanese anime that you can purchase right now. Can’t get enough of Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name)? Try reading the light novel for a fresh take on the anime that brought you to tears.

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A Ship with Summer Inside: Experiencing the Tokyo Bay Night Cruise

Join this joyous matsuri on the sea.

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9 Onsen in Tohoku Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

Take a trip to the Tohoku region, down a road less traveled, where the most beautiful mixed baths wait to be discovered.

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