| 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 ...

| Mar 30, 2010

Quick questions, answers

Some quickies: In reply to the reader looking for a bread bin, ML says that the Tokyu store in the JR Shibuya Station complex on the 7th floor can meet your needs. “You have to order from a catalog, and they come from Germany, ...

| Mar 9, 2010

More about going wireless on the move

In reply to a computer user seeking advice on “Going wireless on the move” (Lifelines, Jan. 5), M.H. wonders why Bic Camera ( www.biccamera.com ) and Emobile ( www.emobile.jp/en ) were mentioned, but not UQ WiMAX ( www.uqwimax.jp/service/trywimax/ ). “When I visited Bic’s Shibuya ...

| Dec 1, 2009

Scuba, shipping and 'Tachi' base memories

Scuba source In reply to the inquiry about scuba diving (Lifelines, Oct. 6), Matt writes on behalf of Mar Scuba, the oldest foreigner-run dive operation in Tokyo ( www.marscuba.com ). “Mar Scuba serves the foreign community by providing education and instruction in English, PADI ...