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  • Business Hotels in Japan
    August 4th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Japanese business travelers often stay at Business hotels which offer a somewhat less expensive stay. The hotels are generally located close to railway stations which makes for a convenient stay but the rooms can be quite small and usually without room service and few ... » Continue Reading
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    Japan’s Most influential Person
    August 4th, 2010By Category: Culture
    MSN Japan's Sankei news service has the results of a survey to find out who the most influential person is in modern Japanese society. The result – Takeshi Kitano, aka Beat Takeshi. The filmmaker behind hit movies such as, Hana-bi, Zatoichi and Violent Cop is a regu ... » Continue Reading
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    Jobs unique to Japan – Yamesaseya
    August 3rd, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    Whatever the field of business, one can usually find some staff who simply aren’t earning their pay. And others may not be good team players who stir up morale problems at the office. To deal with these individuals, a new occupation called “yamesaseya” has appeared i ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese for your job interview
    August 3rd, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    Job interviews anywhere can certainly be stressful endeavors. Even when you know that you’re qualified for the job, the pressure to make the best first impression possible can always throw you off guard. As if all of that weren’t enough stress, tensions fly off the ch ... » Continue Reading
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    Working in the Japanese Games Industry
    August 2nd, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    Facebook game maker and hot US start-up Zynga recently announced a joint venture deal with Softbank, setting up a Japanese subsidiary to start bringing popular online social games from the west over to Japan for use on Softbank mobiles and Japanese web services. With ... » Continue Reading
  • Dating in Japan
    August 1st, 2010By Category: Culture
    Dating in Japan can for people from other countries be somewhat different especially when it comes to communication and the expression of feelings. In Western countries clear and direct communication is normally encouraged and seen as positive (although sometimes diffic ... » Continue Reading
  • Wonder Festival 2010
    July 30th, 2010By Category: Photography
    The Wonder Festival took place recently at the Makuhari Messe, near Chiba. The get-together is an annual event celebrating (and selling) “garage kits” or sculptures replicating anime and game characters. The models on show are extremely detailed, and can trade for qu ... » Continue Reading
  • Japanese companies building growth on deals with foreigners
    July 29th, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    With the recent announcement of a tie-up between Japan's number Internet one portal Yahoo! Japan and world leader Google, a leading Japanese company has stacked up another deal with a US company that sees technology and expertise brought into Japan and new opportunities ... » Continue Reading
  • Getting what you want out of Japan
    July 29th, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    As the Japan Real Time blogs report,knowing what customers want is a good business practice, and as Japan prepares to welcome hundreds of thousands more visitors from overseas — particularly from Asia — travel-related businesses here should note that what one group of ... » Continue Reading
  • Buying Books in Japan
    July 28th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Depending on where you live, you might be able to find an excellent, reasonably priced, well-stocked English bookstore nearby. Then again, you are most likely looking at a shop with not much more than best-sellers, classics, a few dictionaries, language-learning texts ... » Continue Reading