Japan Entry Ban: Current List of Countries and Rules

In order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as of June 30th, Japan denies landing permission for foreign nationals from 111 countries. A list of countries subject to entry ban was first announced on April 3rd and subsequently... More

Have you received your COVID ¥100,000 special payment yet?

In late April, the government of Japan announced that it would be making a one-time, across-the-board ¥100,000 ($930) cash payment to every resident of Japan in order to mitigate the economic fallout from the spread of the coronavirus in the... More

Japan Apartment Maintenance: How to Deal With Cockroaches

Living in Japan means you’re going to encounter unwanted pests at some time, from cockroaches to mosquitoes to ones you might not even be able to identify. To be fair, this isn’t a Japan-specific problem, but if you’re coming to... More

US citizens living in Japan can now pay online when renewing passport by mail

The U.S. mission in Japan has announced that starting on June 22nd passport renewal mail-in applications will include an online fee payment option. U.S. citizens living anywhere in Japan who qualify for renewal by mail will be able to pay online 24-7 and send their applications... More

Quick Guide to Navigating a Japanese Supermarket

Supermarkets in Japan operate similarly to those found in other countries: pick out your items, bring them to a register, pay, and leave. But there are some small peculiarities that might throw you for a loop when you start running... More

How to Send Money From Japan to Your Home Country

Here’s a quick look at different options for remitting your Japanese currency to your home country. There are plenty of reasons to need a service like this: repayment of loans in your home country, giving monetary gifts to friends/family, or... More