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Expat Report Culture Shock in Tokyo, Japan was published
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Taking time to observe how the natives of the country do things can be really helpful in figuring out how you should behave. Luckily, the Japanese are pretty forgiving of foreigners. (Continue)
Guam1968 replied to the thread Travel Channel series seeks Americans relocating to Tokyo on the Japan forum:
JoeKarga initially posted:
I am a Producer with Karga Seven Pictures and we are Producing a series for Travel Channel about American families/couples who are relocating to different cities around the world. Tokyo will be one of the episodes! If you or your spouse has an opportunity to relocate from America to Tokyo I would love to hear about it. Shoot me an email: joe@karga7.com Joe
Guam1968 replied most recently with:
Hi. I understand we will know if Japan is our destination this coming Wednesday. We are an American family in Singapore - for he last 2years- and hopefully will be on to Japan. You can reach us at jbbancroft1968@yahoo.com
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Can anyone in the forum please tell me any methods for collecting on a debt owed by a Japanese Company who offered to refund money on an item purchased, but after being returned has kept the item and all the money paid. I know in the U.S. we have a few ways to pursue this. We have the Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Small Claims Court, Lawyers, and a lot of social media groups that can spread the word. I have always dealt with very honorable Japanese business people and I am very upset that this company has betrayed that trust. All suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi, I'm an American woman, writer, 53, active and reliable, looking to care for your home and pet(s) around Aug 1 - 13. I don't charge! I have been house/petsitting full-time since 2009 and have excellent references and experience! I will be traveling to Japan to report on the 70th commemoration of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I write a column for a weekly newspaper in west Los Angeles and I am writing a book about my experiences in the Middle East with Iraqi refugees. More about my housesitting experience: http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/house-and-pet-sitters/2902-HayesRaitt/ Feel free to reach me at HayesRaitt (at) aol (dot) com. Thank you! Kelly Hayes-Raitt www.LivingLargeInLimbo.com
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My family will be moving to Hokkaido this spring for 5 months and I am looking to enroll my 7 year old daughter in school while we are there. I don't know much about how the elementary schools work in Japan and could really use some tips about going through the process. Also, though my daughter knows a little Japanese she is no where near fluent. I'm considering an international school, but I want her Japanese to improve while we are there. I could really use some advice from people with experience.
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Tokyo has many international schools and bi-lingual schools for expat students. Here are several of the more popular options. (Continue)
oreste92 replied to the thread Average living cost in Osaka/Kobe on the Japan forum:
oreste92 initially posted:
It would be great if someone could write something some sort of a living expenses plan on Osaka or Kobe! What type of life can a single person live (who is happy to share an apartment, provided they have their own room) for ¥200,000 a month.
oreste92 replied most recently with:
Hi thank you for answering. What I mean was how I could budget my life there on that much (not spend all of it on rent! :)) I was hoping to maybe spend more like 70000 on rent. Would that be feasible?
thedean replied most recently with:
Why live in a place that costs $200,000 if most people are only making around $260,000? There are plenty of apartment in Osaka that I found in my last search going for around $100,000. It doesn't make any sense to throw away most of your income on rent and have practically nothing left after taxes for utilities, food, fun and emergencies.
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Expat Report Review of Okinawa Christian School International in Yomitan, Japan was published
Review-of-Okinawa Christian School International
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
They do have sports such as track, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and tennis. They play against both local Japanese schools and the American DoD schools. They do a great job with their annual Christmas program and walk-a-thon. (Continue)

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