How to prevent moisture and mold in your apartment during Japan’s rainy season

During Japan’s rainy season, moisture build up in your home can make life a bit uncomfortable and if left unchecked could lead to a much more serious problem, in the form of mold. Mold growth in your home is, of... More

Needy Families in Japan to Receive Up to ¥300,000 Support Money, as Pandemic Continues

The Japanese government plans to create a new subsidy system for households which have been financially affected by the ongoing COVID pandemic. As proposed by the Komeito Party, the government would provide a maximum of ¥300,000 ($2,760USD) per qualifying household,... More

3 Things to Know to Negotiate Lower Rent on an Apartment in Japan

In this article, we go over the key things you should know in order to have a chance at successfully negotiating your monthly rent in Japan. There are no guarantees, but these tips will give you a better idea of... More

My Number in Japan 2021 Update: What you’ll be able to do with your My Number Card in the next few years

In this post we give an update on the My Number system as of April 2021. Japan started implementing My Number in 2016 as part of a larger effort to unify the social security, tax, and other administrative systems into... More

My Number Card in Japan Explained

In this article, we explain Japan’s My Number system, the benefits of applying for a My Number card, and how to apply for your My Number card. What is My Number? Does everyone in Japan have a My Number? What’s... More

JR East to reduce number of commuter trains in Tokyo metro between April 29th and May 9th

JR East announced on April 26 that it will be reducing the number of trains it operates in the Tokyo metropolitan region during commuting hours between April 29 and May 9 to support the government’s third COVID emergency declaration. Specific... More

Japan’s expensive, mandatory shaken car inspections: My experience

I bought a car last summer and recently brought it in for “shaken,” (車検) the motor vehicle inspection required by the Japanese government every two to three years. Prior to buying a car I heard that Japanese people don’t often... More