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March 20, 2018

Getting a Mobile Phone in Japan: Your FAQs Answered

Welcome to our ultimate guide for foreign residents on setting up a mobile phone in Japan in partnership with Sakura Mobile.

March 19, 2018

Stopping Suicide: Japan’s Darkest Demon

Don’t seek a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Help is at hand.

March 12, 2018

This Disaster-Preparedness App Could Save Your Life

Pocket Shelter is a multilingual app that aims to take the worry out of disaster preparation in Japan, helping you ensure you’re as safe as possible if something does happen.

Bitcoin & Yen
March 9, 2018

Money for Nothing: Bitcoin, Japan & I

While bitcoin faces suspicion and turmoil across the globe, Japan has embraced the digital cash in a way only it could — with extreme passion and an idol group.

March 8, 2018

JP Smart SIM: A clever way for foreigners to set up their phone in Japan

All you need is an unlocked phone, your passport and WiFi to make a contract through JP Smart SIM — a mobile service designed by and for foreign residents.

February 28, 2018

Hafu2Hafu Project Creator Answers Questions on Half-Japanese Identity

Gaijin across the board have strong opinions about the word “hafu,” but do they have enough perspective to comment so fervently about it?

February 23, 2018

It’s a Long Way to the Top: Starting a Band in Japan

Tips on finding bandmates, places to practice, spots to play live and more for anyone who wants to play music in Japan.

February 21, 2018

The Only Gaijin in the Village: Comfortably Numb

In May 2016 my wife and I moved to rural Japan. I am the only foreigner in the village.

February 20, 2018

Easy Come, Easy Go: 4 Things to Consider if You’re Thinking About a Life in Japan

What is it about Japan that makes some of us want to settle down and others head for the hills?

February 10, 2018

Fukuoka Flu Season: An Ounce of Prevention

With those icky germs and nasty flu raging across Japan, you’d think it would be easy to get a kid to wash his hands. Guess again.

February 9, 2018

Beyond Death and Pain: The Truth About Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest’

The forest itself is lost in a global media loop de-emphasizing its natural beauty in favor of tragedy. The first step to save the forest is reclaiming its name: It’s called the “Sea of Trees” not the “suicide forest.”

February 6, 2018

Cold Comforts: From OTC Japanese Drugs to Home Remedies for Flu Season

Over the years in Japan, I have discovered a range of both folk and modern remedies here to keep colds in check.

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