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First nationwide survey in Japan of foreign children’s educational situation : Almost 20,000 kids not in school

In the first nationwide survey on the school enrollment of foreign children living in Japan, it was found that 19,654 children, about 15.8% of the total number who should be receiving compulsory education, may not be going to school or... More

What people in Japan are buying in the last few days before the consumption tax increase

The consumption tax in Japan will increase from 8% to 10% on October 1st. Has there been a last-minute rush by people to buy before the new rate kicks in? Yes, for some items. Below we give an overview of... More

Rakuten Mobile to Delay Launch of Full Service, Will Offer Free Limited Mobile Service to 5,000 People

Rakuten Mobile has announced that it will delay full-scale launch of its mobile phone carrier service until spring of 2020, significantly behind the planned start date of October 2019. Rakuten’s official entry into the mobile carrier market has been eagerly... More

Living in Japan

Osaka and Tokyo Named Among Top 10 Most Livable Cities in the World by EIU

In its 2019 “Global Liveability Index“, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has named Osaka 4th and Tokyo 7th in its ranking of the world’s 140 most livable cities. The Index examines over 30 different factors across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture... More

Restaurants in Tokyo to be Required to Post Signs Starting Sept 1 Indicating Whether Patrons Can Smoke

In order to prevent second-hand smoke, starting September 1st, the Tokyo metropolitan government will require all restaurants in the city to post stickers or signs indicating whether or not smoking is permitted on the premises. Also starting in September, all... More

What’s the hardest thing about living in Japan as a foreigner?

There are a lot of awesome things about living in Japan as a foreigner. If you’re reading this in country as a resident foreigner, we’re sure you have your own Top 10 list! But there’s a flip side, too. When... More

How to Fill Out a Medical Exam Form at a Doctor’s Office in Japan: With Japanese-English Translation

When you visit a doctor’s office or hospital in Japan, you’ll be asked to be fill out a short medical questionnaire / examination form. In Japanese, this form is called a 問診票 (monshinhyou). Basically, this is the intake form where you... More