Japanese Foreign Residents – How to Leave and Return to the Airport Smoothly

At last, you've got your brand spanking new visa (1, 3 or maybe even the lucky 5 years) and you now want to leave Japan, whether it be for travel or just a visit...

ATMs in Japan

ATMs in Japan ATMs are something I genuinely took for granted in Australia, that plus our massive network of EFTPOS machines. This allowed us to either withdraw cash from anywhere or pay by debit or...

Bicycle Parking – What to do when you have a bicycle.

Bicycle Parking Question: Those imperious old men at the train station keep telling me not to park my bicycle there. What can I do about my bicycle parking? Issue: Though they can’t actually do much...

Working at a Nova English Conversation School

This post comes from one of my friends who was working at a Nova English Conversation School. Here is his insight into teaching English via their schools. Interested in other options? You can check out...

Free Wifi – Data Access for the Masses

Free WiFi is quickly becoming more and more prominent in Japan. Increasingly with the recent influx of tourists and also as we approach Tokyo's 2020 Olympics. Restaurant and cafe owners, mobile phone operators and...

Japan Work Visa – Do I Need a Degree ?

Actually, you do not need a degree to obtain a Japan Work Visa, as you can also substitute this for professional work experience. But this is where it becomes a little more complex, obtaining...

Working in Corporate Japan – An Insider’s Viewpoint

Working in Corporate Japan - How I got the job So the saying goes: 'It’s not what you know, but who you know', and the same goes for working in corporate Japan. Having an industry...

How to Exchange your Existing License to get a Japanese License

So you're in Japan, maybe you have lived here for a couple of months ? or even a couple of years? (like me), its time to get a Japanese license (aka 外面切り替え or Gaimen...
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Q&A Sessions Vol. 2 – A Foreigner’s Perspective on Japan

John and I have known each other for more than 2 years. We first met each other at a bar we often frequent called Cafe Byron Bay, in Asakusa, Tokyo. I guess you could...

English Speaking Medical Services in Tokyo

English speaking medical services are still very much needed service in Japan. Perhaps with the recent tourism boom too, they could even be a little insufficient for today's needs. Due to their importance, we...