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Pros and Cons of Living in Japan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 09, 2024

Summary: The pros of living in Japan include the country's rich culture, excellent public transportation system, and high quality of life. Additionally, Japan is a safe and secure country with a low crime rate. On the other hand, the cons of living in Japan include the high cost of living, language barrier, and cultural differences. Additionally, Japan is a very crowded country, and the weather can be quite extreme in certain areas.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Japan?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Japan responded:

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the culture and politeness of Japan, as well as the efficient public transportation system. They also enjoy the variety of food options, from traditional Japanese cuisine to international dishes. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads find the language barrier and cultural differences to be challenging. Additionally, the cost of living in Japan can be quite high, making it difficult for some to afford," said one expat in living in Japan.

"Tokyo is a city with a history, beautiful environment, convenient living and high medical level.There is a lot of emphasis on education. The locals are very good, very rigorous and not very talkative," wrote one expat in Tokyo.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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