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What do I need to know before retiring in Japan?

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"Expats should research the cost of living in Japan before retiring there, as it is generally more expensive than other countries. It is also important to understand the language and culture of Japan, as this will help to make the transition smoother. Additionally, expats should be aware of the visa requirements for retirement in Japan, as these can vary depending on the individual's circumstances. Finally, expats should research the healthcare system in Japan, as this will be important for their long-term health and wellbeing," explained one expat living in Japan.

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"If you are retired military you will have an easier time especially if you speak the language. Be prepared to spend quite a bundle to set up your home. Rental deposit, utility deposit, agent's fee, and other miscellaneous charges will total at least $1000 and as much as $3500 to get you in your new home. There is only one free English Channel, AFN, and satellite television access will cost another $50-$90/monthly," said another expat in Okinawa, Japan.

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