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10 Tips for Living in Japan by Betsy Burlingame
Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Did you know that washers and dryers are often placed on the balcony or in the kitchen in Japan? Did you know that trains are the best way to travel in Japan? Expats in Japan share their tips for living in Japan. (Continue)
julzmoore replied most recently with:
These are really great tips! I read about Softbank in another post earlier (here - http://www.mangauk.com/post.php?p=5-things-to-prepare-you-for-life-in-japan-part-2) so I think I shall try them first when getting a phone! I laughed at you saying "Arigato" to a man in the street - it's the kind of thing I would do, too!
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A "mansion" means it's a multi-unit apartment building, more than two floors, not that it is newer. There are plenty of older mansions. Smaller buildings are called "apaato". And the owner does not always live in the building. And you can easily get large refrigerators so no need to worry about that (although you'll need to make sure you're in a big enough apartment - not a tiny one room place). There are also English-speaking real estate agents in the major cities. But don't worry about being near the train station unless you live in a big city and they have a good bus system. It's not always expensive to live in Japan - it primarily depends on where you live, how you live, and what you compare it to (where you're from). There are plenty of ways to save money. As for expressway tolls, they can add up, but are often cheaper than taking the bullet train (as great as public transportation is). Getting an ETC system will save you money on this.
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Expat Report Review of St. Maur International School in Tokyo, Japan was published
Review-of-St. Maur International School
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
The curriculum seems okay, but as a Christian trying to raise my kid, I would say the worst place. You hear harsh words on a day-to-day basis from the admin office. My child comes home telling me what kind of things they heard from the office and asks if that's a good thing to say. I have to say no, but people make mistakes....but it happens so OFTEN that I am thinking of changing schools. (Continue)
jacksam posted state of origin Australia. on the Japan forum:
Hello. Can someone help me. I fly into fukuoka tomorrow. I want to watch state of origin game. I will be staying Nishijin. Any help gratefully appreciated. While I'm at it...only bringing in 150k yen. Can I just use my debit cards at atm. Thankyou
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ellenmurry posted life insurance for expats on the Japan forum:
Help! We are ESL teachers in Aizu-Wakamatsu Japan and need life insurance. Our State Farm policy has expired and, even after 20 years, they won't renew it as we don't now live in the US. There are numerous companies out there, but I don't know which ones are the best for folks living abroad. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Ellen
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Expat Report Culture Shock in Tokyo, Japan was published
Culture-Shock-in-Tokyo
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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