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Brace for a possible spring shock

Sep 29, 2009

Brace for a possible spring shock

When spring approaches next year, many foreigners in Japan could be in for a rude awakening: From April 1, all those who apply to extend their visa in Japan will be asked to show proof of enrollment in one or other of Japan’s main ...

New law: no dues, no visa

| Jul 28, 2009

New law: no dues, no visa

In your wallet or somewhere at home, do you have a blue or pink card showing that you are enrolled in one of Japan’s national health and pension programs? If not, and if you are thinking of extending your stay here, you may want ...

Canucks abroad fret over new curbs on citizenship

| Mar 17, 2009

Canucks abroad fret over new curbs on citizenship

Citizenship can mean the difference between “belonging” and being just a visitor. Some people endure years of waiting in line and filing applications in a bid to change citizenship; others, by virtue of their birthplace and familial ties, begin their lives with the opportunity ...

Navigating the 'keigo' minefield

| Jul 29, 2008

Navigating the 'keigo' minefield

You’ve probably heard of blunders by Japanese businessmen in English, such as translating “hitotsu yoroshiku” as “one, please” instead of “I look forward to working with you.” Less known, but no less common, are the slip-ups foreigners make in Japanese, especially when using that ...

Society's role in Kato's crime

| Jul 1, 2008

Society's role in Kato's crime

‘The clicking sound of my cell phone echoes emptily in my room. . . . If only I had a girlfriend, I wouldn’t have to live so miserably.’ The thousands of messages posted online by Tomohiro Kato reveal the loneliness that haunted him in ...

Would you consider going on strike?

| May 6, 2008

Would you consider going on strike?

Kevin Chiu, 28 Security officer (H.K.)I think that going on strike is a civil right. I would strike if there was some disagreement over the government’s policies, or over some international affair, or possibly over low wages. Shigoro Takashima Retired, 69I remember it used ...

What are your plans for Golden Week?

| Apr 29, 2008

What are your plans for Golden Week?

Odette Oldewolbers Architect, 32 (Dutch) I’m going to Hiroshima to see the war museum, and also to Miyajima. I know it’s going to be very busy in Golden Week, so I’d like to get away from the hustle-bustle of the city. Keiko Koizumi Part-time ...