I'm an American citizen. I've lived overseas for 14 years, mostly in Japan. I recently worked on a US military base (SOFA sponsorship), but that job ended. After a lot of bad experiences, I don't have much reason to stay in Japan. I've spent 6 months applying for work in the US, but no answer. I have no friends in the US. If I go to the US, I'll just go to a hotel until my savings run out, and after that, I don't know what.
If you're SOFA, you have a grace period after your SOFA expires where you can legally stay in Japan. That grace period is about to end.
But, just the other day, I was called for an interview on a military base in Japan. The interview is scheduled after the expiration date.
I don't know what to do. Do I find a way to renew my visa and stick around for the interview, or just give up and risk returning to the US?
I'm looking for access to a slingbox in Japan. In exchange, I can give access to my slingbox in the US. I have a ViP 211 Dish Network Receiver with America's Top 120 channels plus Boston local channels, a Slingbox 350, and FIOS Internet with 4.5 Mbps upload speed.
We've put together a brief survey about expat healthcare. The goal is to collect information from you about the quality and availability of medical services, health insurance, prescription medicines and emergency care in your region of Japan. We'll be soon publishing the responses to help others who are following in your footsteps. Please take several minutes to answer the survey. The more detailed you can be in your responses, the better. Thank you, in advance, for sharing and helping others moving to your area!
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I adore Japan, and although it isn't a Muslim majority location in Asia, I'd very much like to live there, provided I can enjoy both worlds - The diversity and uniqueness of Japan and its culture, as well as a place where I can connect with other Muslims. Any positive, useful advice welcome
Salaam and Domo!
- Rouillie Wilkerson
Hi my names is Mari and I am the Assistant Associate Producer for a Travel Channel show are are currently shooting in Tokyo.
We are still looking for ten more people that would be willing to be interviewed for the Travel Channel TV show. This is a "Man/Woman On the Street" type interview where we will "stop you on the street" and ask you questions about life in Japan as an Expat.
Please PM me at SilvanoConsulting@gmail.com
We would need people on Feb 28 or March 2.
Please let me know ASAP if you or a friend can help us complete the show.
The Travel Channel is a very popular, award winning American Cable television network, available in 96 million homes in the USA, as well as channels internationally and online. In the USA it is a household name where everyone knows what the Travel Channel is just like they know in Japan what NHK is.
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thanks so much!
odd question, odd situation. my elderly, japanese born mother wants to return to japan and move into a home for the aged (she is in her 80s). some distant family members are trying to help her with her visa, but i don't speak japanese and they don't speak more than a few words of english.
does anyone have any knowledge or experience of the retirement homes out there (not the super pricey ones). i'm concerned that she will find herself stuck in a situation that she will not like.
could you point me to any resources? websites for these places? pictures? anything?
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