Part 1

Guide to Reading Japanese Place Names: With Kanji and Examples

This is the first chapter in a multipart guide to reading Japanese place names. Here we’ll cover how directions and geographic relationships and attributes are read in place names. The examples given below are by no means exhaustive! Directions 中央... More

User Survey

My Ideal Apartment in Japan: User Survey

The purpose of this survey is to get your opinion on your ideal living situation in Japan, specifically with respect to the location, features and amenities that you would like to have in a Japanese apartment. We would like to... More

Property Management

A Tale of a Haunted Apartment in Tokyo: Renting Out a Stigmatized Property

By: Erik Oskamp Many Japanese people are superstitious. An apartment next to a cemetery will be difficult to rent out, especially if you can see the tombs from the kitchen. The worst thing is if a suicide has happened in... More

GPM Housing Service

Move in by March 31, 2017 and Get Up to ¥1,000,000 Cash Back

Renting an apartment in Japan can be stressful. The GPM Housing Service is designed to make it easy! When you rent your apartment through the GPM Housing Service: Choose from 2,700+ properties. Properties pre-approved by landlord to be rented to... More

No Key Money Apartments in Tokyo Are Not Hard to Find

Key money (reikin, 礼金) is often cited as one of the most peculiar and frustrating aspects of renting an apartment in Japan. In this article we explain why it is, in fact, not difficult to find a “no key money”... More

Living in Japan

Getting Permanent Residence in Japan: New Rules Announced

The Japanese Ministry of Justice has decided that it is going to amend the rules for becoming a permanent resident in Japan to allow foreigners to apply for permanent residence after as little as one year in Japan. These rules... More

Know Your Japanese Condominium: Common Use Areas v. Private Areas

By Jeff Wynkoop When buying a Japanese condominium, purchasers expect they are going to have to pay monthly fees to the Homeowners’ Association (管理組合 kanri kumiai). But one thing they are often surprised by is how common use areas (共用部分... More