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April 16, 2017

6 Wacky Homes in Japan

Searching for a new apartment, this writer stumbled upon a whole different set of options.

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 7, 2017

The Awkward Art of Saying Goodbye in Japan

In the unspoken world of Japanese etiquette, even saying goodbye requires a little bit of time and finesse.

April 4, 2017

Sick Pay in Japan: What You Need to Know

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

March 30, 2017

Take a tour inside this brand-new luxury serviced residence

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a luxury serviced residence in one of the world’s biggest – and richest – cities?

March 29, 2017

The Only Gaijin In the Village: Chapter One

In a new short story series, writer Iain Maloney shares his experiences as the only foreigner in a Gifu village full of elderly people.

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 23, 2017

Is Hanami in Japan Actually All That Fun?

With sakura season underway, one writer asks: Is hanami all that enjoyable?

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 21, 2017

Live Action Ninja Show at Flamingo the Arusha in Osaka

The throwing stars come out at night — along with “Kill Bill”-style sword battles, geisha performances and traditionally prepared Japanese food — at this Osaka dinner theater.

March 18, 2017

4 Reasons to Download Travel Japan Wi-Fi

No need to login or register to connect, the Travel Japan Wi-Fi app automatically hooks you up with instant Wi-Fi across Japan, as well as travel recommendations, tips, discounts and your own virtual scrapbook.

March 16, 2017

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Shinjuku

The busiest of the 23 wards in Tokyo’s sprawling metropolis, Shinjuku City has countless surprises vying for your attention — many of them hiding in plain sight.

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