Ken Joseph Jr.

For Ken Joseph Jr.'s latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Jan 20, 2009

Lifelines back to the 1900s

With 2009 so far looking bleak, here are some queries from around the world that take us into the past with the hope of finding positive solutions for the present. T o start, two letters concerning war memorabilia. The first is from R.B. in ...

| Jun 10, 2008

Health cover; donating clothes

Reader TJ writes: “I have been in Japan for a while and am stuck in the Japanese National Health Insurance plan. It is extremely expensive and as I cannot use it outside Japan I have to purchase separate travel insurance for while I am ...

| May 13, 2008

Landlords, support, auto advice

Reader BJ is having trouble communicating with his landlord. “I have tried to go through the real estate agency, but they will not help me. Is there somewhere I can go to get help — someone that can help me negotiate with my landlord?” ...

| Jan 22, 2008

Trouble on two wheels; moving out

Gaijin on a bike! “I have been harassed by the police while riding my bicycle,” writes FC. “I happened to get the bike from a friend and it turns out it actually belonged to someone else. The bicycle is very, very old and worthless, ...

| Dec 11, 2007

Shipping, martial arts, health costs

Heading home HB has been teaching English in Aomori Prefecture for over 20 years and is planning to retire in the U.S. “Are there international moving companies in Japan that can come to a home, pick up items to be shipped, and deliver them ...

| Oct 23, 2007

NHK: To pay or not to pay?

Mrs. P has stopped paying her fees to national broadcaster NHK. “I am at my wit’s end. I have been staying in this particular building for the last six years now. I have actually paid regularly the last six years to the NHK person ...

| Sep 18, 2007

Plane wrong?

Max Phillips Jr. wrote in after getting a nasty shock from his local travel agency. “My wife (Japanese) and I are going to Hawaii in September. Since we are arranging to meet my (mid-60s) parents there, we thought it best to plan as far ...

Emergency appeal: Operation Niigata

Jul 24, 2007

Emergency appeal: Operation Niigata

The Japan Emergency Team, a nongovernmental disaster relief group — in its 77th mission since its founding in 1987 — is currently carrying out “Operation Niigata” at sites affected by the 6.8-magnitude quake on June 16. With many injured and thousands still in emergency ...

| Jul 3, 2007

Going globally mobile

David Goldwasser wrote to Lifelines for advice after being refused a mobile phone on his last trip to Japan. “In November, I visited a Softbank store seeking to purchase a cell phone that could be used in Japan and in the rest of the ...

| Jun 26, 2007

Cyber-abuse and paying local dues

Reader J wants to know what can be done about harassment by e-mail or regular mail. “I have of course reported the matter to Okayama Police HQ. Is there a department at the NPA in Tokyo technically equipped to deal with cyber-stalking and able ...