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  • The man who launched a thousand chips
    August 18th, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    Wally Amos isn’t one to waste a moment of any day. The creator of the popular cookie brands Famous Amos and Chip & Cookie always exudes a passion for whatever he does, whether he is baking cookies, reading to children, giving motivational talks around the world or ... » Continue Reading
  • Love + Life
    August 18th, 2010By Category: Culture
    ALTJapan recently posted an interesting look at a Japanese news story that reported how girls in Japan feel about their game-playing boyfriends and how that story got misreported around the world, including on a number of online news portals. The blog digs into the o ... » Continue Reading
  • Japanese whiskies taking over the world’s bars
    August 17th, 2010By Category: Culture, Food & Dining
    It wasn’t too long ago that consumers outside of Japan even knew there were Japanese whiskies available, let alone ask for them by name. That, however, is fast changing. Although best known for sake, Japan has a whisky tradition stretching back more than a century. It ... » Continue Reading
  • Gree now the leading social network in Japan
    August 17th, 2010By Category: Culture
    Its founder, Yoshikazu Tanaka, is Japan's youngest billionaire and one of the richest men in the country – we featured him recently here – and now social network Gree has surpassed mixi as the number one hangout for Japanese folks online. As tech blog AsiaJin reports ... » Continue Reading
  • The Harajuku Bar
    August 16th, 2010By Category: Food & Dining
    Sure there is the one-coin shop, 100 yen and a world of fun, cheap goods at your disposal. How about the one coin bar? It requires a different coin, but with any drink at just 500 yen all night, you know that it must be a good place for the partaking of alcohol. The ... » Continue Reading
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    The shrinking state of pocket money in Japan
    August 12th, 2010By Category: Culture
    In an early July installment of the popular “Shabekuri 007” program broadcast Mondays on the Japan TV network, show hosts and audience alike gasped in astonishment when Mitsuyo Ota remarked she paid her entertainer husband Hikari a “kozukai” (monthly allowance) of 50, ... » Continue Reading
  • Working in the Field of TESOL
    August 12th, 2010By Category: Teaching in Japan
    First, it is important to note that most foreign language teachers in the world today are not native speakers of the language they are teaching. For instance, in Japan, the vast majority of English teachers are Japanese nationals. This is generally not considered a pr ... » Continue Reading
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    Postal Services in Japan
    August 11th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    In 2007 the Japanese postal system was privatized but most services have remained the same. Post offices are usually open Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm. Central and larger post offices are also open during weekends and sometimes have longer opening hours o ... » Continue Reading
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    Guide to flights to and from Japan
    August 11th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Whether you are studying, working, or just visiting Japan, finding a flight to the country is an inevitable but stressful aspect of your trip abroad; with the flood of travel agencies and airline options out there, it is tough to know whether you are actually going to ... » Continue Reading
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    Manners in Japan
    August 11th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Manners in Japan can be a mine field difficult to navigate with specific conventions associated with specific parts of the meal. To help out folks new to Japan, here is our handy little reference guide. Any more tips? Add them in the comments below. During a meal ... » Continue Reading