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  • Best Foreign Business Plans in Japan
    August 6th, 2010By Category: Networking Events, Work Tips
    In June, the Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) announced the winners of its 16th annual business plan challenge for aspiring entrepreneurs and executives, with 18 different nationalities among the 55 participants. This year, nine project clients received indiv ... » Continue Reading
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    Apaches on the warpath in Tochigi
    August 5th, 2010By Category: Culture
    No, despite the picture (a 1955 Chevy Apache) this is not an American muscle car or a hostile tribe of indians, but the name for a new type of crook. “We call them ‘the Apache tribe,’” says a licensed operator, who tells Spa! magazine they first surfaced around 2006 ... » Continue Reading
  • Summer Festival
    August 5th, 2010By Category: Photography
    Summer is festival season in Japan and that makes it a fantastic time to experience the culture first-hand. Traditionally, yukata were mostly made of indigo-dyed cotton but today a wide variety of colors and designs are available. As with kimono, the general rule with y ... » Continue Reading
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    Sports and Fitness clubs in Tokyo
    August 5th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    As the saying goes ‘Prevention is better than cure’; keeping fit at your local Sport Club is a necessary part of staying healthy for an increasing number of people – but where is the nearest center to you? Whitty / Wikimedia Sport Centers   CHIYODA-KU Ko ... » Continue Reading
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    Get Started with Japanese Mobile Phones
    August 5th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    The mobile phone is an incredible piece of technology, changing the way we keep in touch. Nowhere is this more true than in Japan, where keitai are constantly glued to people’s eyes, ears and fingers. Indeed, for anybody living in Japan who wants a social or professi ... » Continue Reading
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    Exchanging Currency in Japan
    August 5th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    There is no limit on the amount you can bring with you to Japan or take out if Japan but you are required to fill out a customs declaration form if what you transport (currencies, checks or securities) exceeds 1 000 000 Japanese Yen worth. You can exchange currencies ... » Continue Reading
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    Guest houses in Japan
    August 5th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Offering budget accomodation in central locations, providing both private and shared rooms with communal facilities guest houses in Japan are a popular alternative to renting an apartment or staying in a hotel for a huge number of residents and tourists in Japan. C ... » Continue Reading
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    Dangers of Entrepreneurship in Japan
    August 5th, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    Japanese prosecutors indicted the founder and former chairman of the Incubator Bank of Japan, Takeshi Kimura, recently. The Bank he established and which was once designed to help the Japanese economy pull itself up by loaning to innovative and new companies is now i ... » Continue Reading
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    Setting up a Bank Account in Japan
    August 4th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Setting up an account is relatively easy although if you do not have a decent level of Japanese and choose to use a Japanese bank make sure you have lots of time and try to be patient. The foreign banks and foreign-friendly banks however are usually the fastest and mo ... » Continue Reading
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    Buying property in Japan
    August 4th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Buying an apartment or a house in Japan can be quite difficult and to get help using a Buyer’s Agent that will represent your interests and help out during the process is a great way to smooth out the process. The Japanese property market is very closely connected to ... » Continue Reading