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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village Building Boom: If you build it, will buyers come?

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games will commence about two years from today, on July 24th, 2020, and construction of competition venues and the Athletes’ Village is proceeding at a feverish pace. Among the questions being asked about the... More

Renting in Tokyo

What can you rent near Shibuya for $550 or less a month?

If you want to live near the bright lights and frenetic energy of Shibuya without paying Shibuya prices, this article is for you! Below we highlight some neighborhoods and properties located within one to five stops of Shibuya, which you... More

Local Guides to Neighborhoods Around Japan

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

Living in Japan

Record Number of Foreigners Living in Japan: 2018 Japanese Govt Survey

As of January 1st of this year, the highest number ever of foreigners, 2,497,000 (a 7.5% year-on-year increase) has been recorded living in Japan, according to a survey of population dynamics recently announced by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and... More

The top disasters caused by heavy rain and typhoons in Japan: 2011 to 2018

In a recent post, we explained how to prepare for the typhoon season in Japan, and noted that typhoons are dangerous not only because of high wind speeds: many deaths in typhoons are caused by flooding and landslides. As of yesterday... More

Living in Japan

Where are the most popular places for foreigners to live in Osaka?

In this post, we take a look at the most popular places for foreigners to live in Osaka. The data comes from the Osaka Prefectural Government. 1. How many foreigners live in Osaka? In 2016, there were 217,656 foreign nationals (from... More

Living in Japan

Preparing for the Typhoon Season in Japan

The typhoon season in Japan runs from June 1st to November 30th, although most storms will develop in July through October. Below are tips for how to stay informed and how to prepare as a typhoon approaches. What is a... More