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  • Investing in Japan
    August 11th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Foreigners in Japan (especially new arrivals to Japan) are understandably concerned about what to do with their hard-earned cash. Living abroad doesn’t mean you have to stop planning for the future, if anything it’s the perfect chance to add to start or even add your ... » Continue Reading
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  • Saving Money in Japan
    August 11th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    This is another in our series of short guides, aiming to give some very basic info on the savings situation in Japan.  Keep in mind we are not experts and this is designed to simply cover the essentials.  If you have extra tips, please free to add them in the comments ... » Continue Reading
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    Real Estate Agents in Japan
    August 11th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    You will generally find it easier/have more choice finding an apartment in Japan when using a real estate agent. There is no charge to use an agent until a contract has been signed, but if you do decide on an accommodation that you found through them, it will cost you ... » Continue Reading
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    For English speakers in Japan – New opportunities are coming
    August 11th, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    During a recent press conference, Rakuten President Hiroshi Mikitani again called for executives working for his all-powerful online shopping megasite who cannot speak English by 2012 to leave the company. This, as we have covered here and here, has caused ripples am ... » Continue Reading
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    Taxes in Japan
    August 10th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    There’s no getting away from it, you’re going to have to pay your taxes in Japan: so how, when and how much should you expect to have to pay? Please note that we are not tax accountants and this section is not an official tax site, just a starting point for you to get a ... » Continue Reading
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    Old-school Tokyo Metro Manner Posters
    August 10th, 2010By Category: Culture
    The series of Metro Manner posters that have been displayed around Tokyo underground stations for the past year or so were designed by Bunpei Yorifuji and have proven very popular with design fans – if a little unsuccessful with the general populace. The current crop ... » Continue Reading
  • Tokyo – Home to the World’s Fifth Best Taxi Drivers
    August 10th, 2010By Category: Travel
    Travel portal has completed a survey to find the world's best taxi drivers. The best in the world are apparently to be found in London. London cabs, still officially known as hackney carriages, are rated the highest because their drivers are friendly and kn ... » Continue Reading
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    iPad and the change in Japanese Business
    August 9th, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    ‘‘The impact of the iPad on the information and communication industry has been extremely big (in Japan)...the iPad (business) will likely spread fast to other sectors,’’ said a senior researcher of the information and communication industry and finance research depar ... » Continue Reading
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    Tokyo Maglev Bullet Trains
    August 9th, 2010By Category: Travel
    As part of a plan to fully open a new maglev shinkansen line on the Tokyo - Nagoya - Osaka line, JR Central has chosen Shinagawa to be the starting point for a new service which intends to rival a similar service currently operating in Asia's other economic super-hub, ... » Continue Reading
  • Relationships in Japan
    August 6th, 2010By Category: Culture
    Personal relationships, both professional and personal plays an important role in all cultures and Japan is no exception to that rule. Although most countries regard relationships as important there are many differences between cultures as to how relationships are wived ... » Continue Reading