| Oct 6, 2009

Scuba, from Sado to Shikoku

Tim writes: “My girlfriend and I have snorkeled around the coast of Japan — Izu, Shikoku, Sado Island — and now plan to scuba-dive in Okinawa this autumn. “Up to now we have rented equipment, but are thinking to invest in some of our ...

| Sep 1, 2009

A license to drive: Readers take the wheel

Japan resident Dee wrote in our last column that she had lost her U.K. driving license and couldn’t get a new one from the British licensing authority because she is no longer living in the country. Many U.K. rental companies refuse to accept the ...

| Aug 18, 2009

Tax and driving licenses: The rub is in the residence

Tax and residency status Reader H.K. is wondering whether the granting of permanent residency will result in tax problems. “What are the tax implications if I have to work overseas — will I be taxed on my income outside of Japan?” We checked with ...

Duo weaves matchmaking magic with 'world of letters'

Jul 18, 2009

Duo weaves matchmaking magic with 'world of letters'

Dede Prabowo and Jim Wagner are telling stories about Alam Aksara, the organization that Prabowo started four years ago to find sponsors for Indonesian children who are unable to go to school. “An Indonesian friend lives in Tokyo,” Wagner begins, explaining how Alam Aksara ...

| Jul 7, 2009

Accommodation advice and visas

It’s good to be able to report some positive experiences regarding finding accommodation in Japan. Here are a couple of letters we received. Just a commute away Mike Turner reads The Japan Times online in Oak Harbor, Wash. A 30-year navy man, he spent ...

| Jun 16, 2009

Bug-killers, jet lag and rent down payments

Tackling jet lag Newly arrived in Tokyo, Neil is going to have to fly often in his new job, and wonders how best to handle jet lag. He knows about cutting down on food and alcohol, drinking a lot of water and exercising, but ...

| Jun 9, 2009

Easter answers; credit crunch

The letter published in April about Easter in Japan — or rather the lack of it — provoked quite a response. The general consensus appears to be that Easter is too hard to pin down on the calendar for commercialization. Here are a couple ...

Nepalese 'VIP' advocates investing in disability

Jun 6, 2009

Nepalese 'VIP' advocates investing in disability

Nepalese Kamal Lamichhane chuckles when he describes himself as a VIP. “As I told the audience at Manchester Metropolitan University last month, I really am a VIP — a visually impaired person. Unlike those people who become very important because of what they achieve ...

| May 19, 2009

Going clubbing in the capital

New to Tokyo, T.B. is trying to make friends and wants to know if there are any clubs that he can join to meet new people and get involved with the international community. There are, but it very much depends on what kind of ...