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How to do a bank transfer at a Japanese ATM: Furikomi Explained

In this article, we explain how to do a domestic bank transfer (furikomi) at a Japanese ATM, using a cash card (ATM card) to transfer money from your account to another bank account in Japan. This post is part of our... More

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Buying an Apartment in Tokyo for Investment: FAQs Answered By a Local Real Estate Consultant

Real Estate Japan recently conducted an e-mail interview with Shinichi Kawamura, CEO of LINC KK, a real estate consulting company and brokerage in Tokyo. Mr. Kawamura discusses in detail the issues related to buying a residential investment property in Tokyo,... More

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Setting Up Utilities in a Japanese Apartment: Electricity – English Contact Numbers

In this article, which is part of the “how to live in a Japanese apartment series,” we explain how to turn on electricity when you move into your new apartment in Japan. Electricity in Japan Electrical voltage in Japan is... More

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When something breaks in your rental apartment in Japan: Who is responsible for fixing it?

In this article, which is part of the series on “how to live in a Japanese apartment,” we discuss what to do when equipment, such as an air conditioning unit or cooking range, breaks. Who should you call to fix... More

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Sub-Leasing Your Apartment in Japan with the Help of a Property Manager

By David Imme, Tokyu Housing Lease There are really only two main reasons for buying a residential property in Japan: for your own use or for investment purposes. In the latter case, you will want to lease your apartment for monthly rental... More

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How to take care of your property in Japan during the hot Japanese summer

By David Imme, Tokyu Housing Lease At our company we are experiencing an increasing number of clients with a “second house” management plan. People from all over the world who come to visit Japan usually choose a hotel for accommodation... More

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Nishi Shinjuku Go-Chome: Where I Live in Tokyo

Nishi Shinjuku Go-Chome is a station on the Toei Oedo metro line in Nishi (West) Shinjuku. It is centrally located just west of Shinjuku Chuo (Central) Park and the Nishi Shinjuku skyscraper district. It’s also just one stop from Shinjuku... More

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2018 JPM International Student Internship Opportunity in the Japanese Real Estate Industry

The Japan Property Management Association (JPM) is pleased to announce that it is taking applications for the 9th annual JPM International Student Internship program. JPM or  Nikkankyo (日管協) is a nationwide public interest corporation whose mission is to “recognize the... More

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50+ Essential Kitchen and Cooking Words: English-Japanese Glossary

This article is part of our series on how to live in a Japanese apartment. In this chapter we present a basic English-Japanese glossary of useful words having to do with the kitchen, cooking, and cleaning up. Room Basics First,... More

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Best Places to Live in Tokyo: 2018 Survey

Here are the most desirable places to live in greater Tokyo, according to a recent survey of locals conducted earlier this year by SUUMO. The survey asked local residents to name the best places to live in greater Tokyo, which... More

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9 Cool Design Ideas for a Japanese-Style Room

In this installment in our series on how to live in a Japanese apartment, we give a few ideas for how to decorate and efficiently use a Japanese-style room. A Japanese-style room is a room that is covered in tatami... More

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Tour a Japanese Apartment in Kinshicho Tokyo

In this video, Ken Shimizu from Real Estate Japan gives us a tour of a brand new (2017) studio apartment for rent in Kinshicho, Tokyo, with an awesome view of Tokyo SkyTree. We also point out special features you may... More

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How To Use the Fish Grill in a Japanese Apartment to Cook A Lot of Other Things

In this chapter in our series on how to live in a Japanese apartment, we explain how to use the fish grill that comes standard in many Japanese apartment stoves. We’ll also share a few easy recipes to get you... More

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7 Easy Ways to Organize the Genkan Entryway in a Japanese Apartment

In this chapter of the “how to live in a Japanese apartment” series, we explain what a genkan is and give you some easy ideas for making the most of the space in a typical Japanese apartment entryway. The genkan is... More

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Using the Air Conditioner and Heater Remote Control in a Japanese Apartment

In this chapter of the “how to live in a Japanese apartment” series, we explain how to use a wall-mounted air conditioner and heating unit and give a few tips for efficiently keeping your home warm in the winter (and... More

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How to Clean Tatami Mats in a Japanese Apartment

In this chapter in the “how to live in a Japanese apartment” series we talk about how to clean tatami as part of your regular household cleaning and what to do if you have a problem with mold or mites... More

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Japanese Apartment Air Vents: How and Why to Use Them

In this series on “how to live in a Japanese apartment” we will explain some unique features found in Japanese apartments and how to use them in order to live comfortably in your home. Air Vents (Kankikou) Today’s chapter is... More

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7 Simple Ideas for Decorating a Small Japanese Apartment

You don’t have to give up style or comfort just because you live in a small apartment. To help you get inspired, we present some design ideas from small studio apartments (1R or 1K) around Japan. This is part of... More

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Move Into These Central Tokyo Apartments for About $1,000

It is eminently possible to find an budget apartment outside central Tokyo. It’s a bigger challenge to find an affordable apartment inside the Yamanote line, and an even bigger challenge to find a place with low move-in costs. It’s a... More

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7 Stylish Decorating Ideas for a Japanese Studio Apartment

You do not have to give up style and aesthetics just because you live in a small apartment. Below we present some stylish decorating ideas culled from beautifully designed studio apartments shared on Roomclip.jp, a Japanese interior design photo sharing... More