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Mobile Phone Price Plans in Japan Are Set to Drop in 2019: Here’s What You Need to Know

In this post, we explain why mobile phone price plans are likely to drop significantly this year and go over the questions you should ask in order to compare the price plans offered by Japan’s three major carriers (SoftBank, Docomo, and... More

Word of the Day - January 31, 2019

What is a 2LDK apartment? – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

2LDK A 2LDK is an apartment with two rooms in addition to a living, dining and kitchen area. L stands for “Living”, D stands for “Dining”, K stands for Kitchen”. The number 2 indicates that there is one room in addition to the main living area.... More

Word of the Day - January 29, 2018

What is the difference between a Manshon and an Apaato? – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

The word-of-the-day is: Manshon マンション English definition: In Japan, a manshon building is a multi-family residential building that is at least 3-stories high and is constructed using steel-reinforced concrete (SRC), reinforced concrete (RC), or steel frame. The individual units in a... More

Word of the Day - January 28, 2019

Where is the Washing Machine in My Japanese Apartment? – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

The word-of-the-day is: Sentakki Okiba 洗濯機 置き場, せんたっきおきば English definition: Hook-up area for washing machine Unless otherwise stated in the listing, most Japanese rental apartments are unfurnished. They generally do not come equipped with any furniture, a refrigerator or washer/dryer.... More

Word of the Day - January 27, 2019

What is a Service Room in a Japanese Apartment? – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

Today’s word-of-the-day is: Nando 納戸, なんど English definition: Closet The literal meaning of this word is “closet” – a room for storing clothes or other items. However, in many real estate listings and advertisements, this label actually refers to a “service... More

Word of the Day - January 26, 2019

Yuka Danbou – 床暖房 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

Yuka Danbou 床暖房, ゆかだんぼう English definition: Underfloor heating This a heating mechanism that generates radiant heat using sub-floor hot water pipes, warm air ducts, or electrically heated wires. It is considered a relatively energy-efficient heating method. It is available as... More

Working in Japan

Living in Japan: Here’s Where Highly Skilled Foreigners Work in Japan – By Industry and Nationality

In this article we take a look at what industries skilled foreign workers are most likely to work in, what countries they come from, and where they live in Japan. This is a follow up to the series we ran... More