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May 9, 2017

10 of the Best Tweets So Far for #Gaijinconfessionfriday

Have you been following #gaijinconfessionfriday?

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May 5, 2017

7 Things I Miss About Living in the Japanese Countryside

The grass isn’t always greener — especially if it’s artificial.

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April 29, 2017

5 Ways this Social Apartment is Redefining Share Housing in Tokyo

Finding an affordable, spacious and beautifully-designed apartment in Tokyo is easy. Said no one ever. The social apartment is here to change that.

April 27, 2017

7 Places in Tokyo to Check Out If You’re a Gamer

Welcome to Japan. You’ve reached gamers’ paradise.

April 21, 2017

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Chapter 2

A month after moving into our village, a time I’d been dreading came around: volunteer day…

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.

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