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Ashley Thompson

Ashley Thompson writes Surviving in Japan, a blog supporting expats living in Japan. She has been writing The Japan Times’ Lifelines column since 2011.

For Ashley Thompson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Mar 27, 2012

Suginami Ward 'informers' just doing their job

Several residents of Tokyo’s Suginami Ward contacted us in response to C.W.’s experience, which appeared in our March 6 column, “Immigration ‘informers’ call on foreigners in Suginami Ward.” Victoria admits she was also concerned at first: “I live in Suginami Ward and have already ...

| Feb 21, 2012

Ill-prepared schools put returner, family in tough spot

In response to our recent two-part series on education (“Rejoining school system in Japan after time away can be tough” and “Acceptance — social and otherwise — a crucial issue for Japan returnee kids,” Jan. 10 and 17), Rosie decided to share the story ...