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"The initial cost is about 3.5~5 times of monthly rent which is included the rent in next month and any other additional charge. You also have an option for short-term contract apartment which is called "monthly mansion" in Japanese. It makes to you to have thinking time to explore and find your thought clearly, you can even register the address there and get the bank account or phone number here. It is sometimes difficult for foreigners to pass the screening for housing application because it is usually required Japanese conversation capability, the phone number, and emergency contact here. Quality of Japanese lease apartment is well so you do not have to consider too deep but please remember there is no furniture installed at all but air conditioner," commented one expat who made the move to Tokyo, Japan.

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"I live on base but I have lived off base before. They don't insulate their homes out in Japan. I would suggest a electric blanket., Space heaters for your rooms for the winter. I know the military use gas ones not elec," remarked another expat in Kanagawa Perfecture, Japan.

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