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Living in a Japanese Apartment

Setting Up Internet at Home in Japan: Basics of Getting a High-Speed Internet Connection

In this post, we give a brief explanation of setting up a broadband internet connection in your home in Japan, including an overview of English-friendly internet service providers (ISPs) and the process of applying for internet service. As we’re focused on... More

Living & Studying in Japan

What is it like to study at Meiji University? Interview with a Current Student

In this article, we interview Kohei Nagaoka, an undergraduate student at Meiji University‘s School of Commerce, about what academic and extracurricular life is like there. This is the first post in a new series introducing Japanese universities to prospective international... More

Living in a Japanese Apartment

Understanding Your Water & Sewage Bill in Japan: With Kanji Cheat Sheet

In this article, we explain how to read your water bill in Japan, with Japanese-English translations of the main keywords. This post is part of the series on “how to live in a Japanese apartment“. This sample bill is from... More

Living in a Japanese Apartment

Understanding Your Gas Bill in Japan: With Kanji Cheat Sheet

In this post, we explain how to read your gas bill in Japan, with translations of the keywords. This post is part of the series on “how to live in a Japanese apartment“. The explanation below uses a sample gas... More

Living in a Japanese Apartment

Using City (Toshi) Gas Versus LP Gas in Japan: What You Need to Know

In this article, we explain the main differences between the two types of gas systems (city gas and LP gas) mainly used for cooking and heating homes in Japan. This article is part of the series on “living in a... More

Living in a Japanese Apartment

Understanding Your Electricity Bill in Japan & How to Lower Your Bill: With Kanji Cheat Sheet

In this article, we explain how to read your electricity bill, including how to understand the base rate you’re being charged and how additional charges are calculated as your electricity usage increases. This post is part of the series on... More

How to Live in a Japanese Apartment

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