| Nov 16, 2010

How to do Japan — in a VW camper van

Reader M.T. has lived in Japan for over 20 years and his brother is planning a visit, with a twist: The brother, his wife and two children are hoping to travel around the country living out of their Volkswagen camper van. “My brother, who ...

| Oct 19, 2010

Barking mad over canine commotion

FF in Tokyo has a barking dog next door that just won’t stop! “Our neighbors have a caged dog that lives outside. The barking continues for at least an hour, starting after 9 p.m. and often not stopping until well after midnight.” This happens ...

| Oct 5, 2010

Kids' camps; more on Baha'i

Baha’i outreach MN thanks us for writing about her community (Lifelines, Sept. 21). “Just in case Janice or other readers are interested, there is a small but active Baha’i community in the Kansai area. Janice can find out more by e-mailing marynoguchi@gaia.eonet.ne.jp or Brett ...

| Aug 31, 2010

Seikatsu hogo : help for those in dire straits

Reader KS is having a hard time and doesn’t know where to turn. “I have been working for years but suddenly find myself unemployed, over 60 and unwell. I didn’t know about the pension program so have not paid into it at all. What ...

| May 25, 2010

Nova visas; seeking U.S. citizenship

Reader SB was working for Nova and his visa runs out next fall. “I would like to stay in Japan and have been teaching a number of private as well as company classes. However, I think it will be difficult to get any of ...

| May 18, 2010

Still waiting for that last paycheck

Reader TS writes: “I return to the U.S. next week and I was supposed to receive my final pay check from a really bad ALT company . . . last week, but did not receive payment. I’ve called them but the secretaries say that ...