Aquaholic Iritahama – A Luxurious Beachfront Villa and Pristine Waters Await Your Getaway to Izu

You deserve this…You need this…It’s time to get away from the madding crowds of Tokyo. Cue music… “Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take you to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama Key Largo Montego, baby why don’t we go Ooh... More

How important is it to live “near” the nearest station when choosing an apartment in Japan?

When apartment hunting in Japan, many people consider proximity to the nearest station to be a make-it or break-it factor. This is with good reason. If you spend anywhere from 30-minutes to an hour or more riding the train to... More

Tsunami Advisories Issued for Coastal Regions of Yamagata, Niigata, Ishikawa Prefectures Following Strong Earthquake in Niigata

[UPDATE] The JMA has lifted all tsunami warnings as of 1:02AM June 19th (JST). Original post is below. ======================= The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued tsunami advisories for the coastal regions of Yamagata prefecture, Niigata prefecture, and the Noto area... More

How important is it for foreign children living in Japan to learn Japanese? Here’s what the Japanese gov’t thinks

In response to the growing number of foreign children living in Japan who are not enrolled in compulsory education and who cannot speak Japanese, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has recently released a report outlining how... More

Cancelling Your Mobile Phone Contract in Japan: Penalty Fee For Cancelling 2-Year Contract to be Capped at ¥1000

In order to make it easier for consumers to switch mobile phone contracts and increase competition among mobile carriers, the Japanese government will require the country’s three major carriers to cap the penalty fee for mid-term cancellation of 2-year contracts... More

Evacuation Advisory

Level 4 Evacuation Advisory Issued for Parts of Hiroshima Prefecture Due to Threat of Landslides

The Japan Meteorological Agency(JMA) has issued a Level 4 evacuation advisory for parts of Hiroshima Prefecture due to extremely heavy rain that may lead to landslides and overflowing rivers. A Level 4 advisory is the second highest level on the... More

Working in Japan

What is the average starting salary in Japan? And which companies pay the highest starting salaries?

In this article, we give an overview of average starting salaries in Japan, average annual bonuses, and highlight companies with relatively high starting salaries. Average starting salary data below comes from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s Annual Wage... More