| May 31, 2005

Residency, repairs, finance and printing

Permanent Residency You’ve probably addressed this question before, but if you could enlighten me once again, I’d be grateful, indeed. If a person has permanent residency and leaves Japan, how long can they be gone without losing that status? Or, to put it another ...

| May 3, 2005

Rail passes, credit and changing your cash

More credit queries I notice lately you’ve had a lot of queries regarding credit cards in Japan. One question I’m curious about is — why? I have a U.K. based credit card but am not sure if it’s worth signing up for a Japan ...

| Apr 5, 2005

Burned out, wills and tax advice

Fire! Last week our house had a fire We had just moved into a rental house and paid all the key money, real estate fees etc. and nine days later our neighbor’s house had a major fire, which spread to ours. The neighbor’s house ...

| Feb 15, 2005

Insurance, selling your home and pet care

Insurance query Isn’t health insurance in Japan different from “kaigo hoken?” And, is it true that if a permanent resident with a legitimate visa stops paying the health insurance premiums that basically nothing can be done? In other words, the “kuyakusho” will eventually remove ...

| Jan 18, 2005

Repairs, old CDs and disaster information

Apartment problems My wife and I have lived in our small apartment for 7 years. In that time, we have had virtually no contact with our landlord or real estate agent. The only problem is that, although we’ve done our best to look after ...

| Jan 4, 2005

Aged care, drivers' license woes and an alert

‘Kaigo hoken’ I have been in Japan many years but have never applied for permanent residence. I had personal insurance under Pacific Star until last year. Their present carrier will not insure past renewal at age 64. I do not know how much longer ...

| Dec 7, 2004

The guy, tax worries and cops

The guy Reader David has a question for “the guy who answers them for the foreign community.” David asks: How do I renew my driver’s license in the United States for the state of Georgia when I no longer have an address in that ...

| Nov 9, 2004

Classes, groups and driving

Japanese classes I am on a month-long holiday travel staying here in Tokyo. I am interested and looking for Japanese beginner level language courses. While there are are many, many schools, a couple stand out for just being here so long. Two good ones ...

| Oct 26, 2004

Dodgy landlords and police

Dodgy landlord I was two weeks late with my rent and the landlord locked me out of my apartment. Is there anything I can do? Is this legal? It is completely against the law to lock you out of your apartment. In Japan you ...

| Oct 5, 2004

Alien card concerns and a visitor

Fall is a beautiful time in Japan. If you have a chance, try and get away to to the mountains somewhere — Nikko, Chichibu . . . it is absolutely beautiful. Card concern I have a question, which I don’t recall being covered previously. ...