| Sep 21, 2004

Office space and garbage

The office I am starting a small business and looking for an office. I hear that you have to pay many months — up to a year — to rent an office. Is this true and is there anything I can do about it? ...

| Sep 7, 2004

Scammers, counseling, health costs

Counseling Is there such thing as counseling in Japan? I have been married for 7 years and am having problems, yet my wife refuses to even discuss it. Is there some place we or I could go for help? Can I get a divorce ...

| Aug 3, 2004

Health costs, counselling, and new jobs

Health Insurance I have been in Japan over a year and I have enrolled in Japanese Health Insurance. My first three monthly premiums cost 1,500 yen, but I have since been re-assessed and now my monthly premiums have jumped to a whopping 57,000 yen ...

| Jul 6, 2004

Healthcare overseas and pension cares

Overseas health I have heard that under some circumstances it is possible to use National Health Insurance Coverage outside of Japan. Is this true? If so, under what circumstances? Yes, you can use your “kokumin kenko hoken” abroad. What happens is, you must pay ...

| Jun 22, 2004

Visa cards, pensions and thesaurus info

Visa card Is it possible to get a zero annual fee Visa or Mastercard from a Japanese bank? It is quite common in the U.S., but I have never heard of or seen one here. Try as we might, we have not been able ...

| May 25, 2004

More pension information and hiking

Pension I I am a foreign national living and working in Japan. I have heard that when I leave Japan, I will be reimbursed for my contributions to the national insurance , unemployment insurance or national pension plans. Is this true, and if so, ...

| May 11, 2004

Insurance, pension cash and divorce

Health Insurance I have been in Japan for almost 6 years and I have paid into the social health insurance system during my 3 years on the JET Program. After I had finished JET, I dropped out of the system and have not enrolled ...

| Apr 27, 2004

Car checks and new passport rules

Vehicle inspection Do you know of anyone who could give me information on the laws and procedure regarding car inspections? I need to obtain Japanese inspection and a registration number plate for a recently imported car. I’d prefer to deal with a foreigner, or ...

| Apr 13, 2004

Divorce and insurance policies

Divorce I was married for two years to a Japanese woman (no children). We separated almost one year ago. I recently asked my wife for a divorce, but she wants financial compensation before she will agree. She won’t talk to me about how much ...

| Mar 30, 2004

Pensions and claiming back farewell cash

JET pensions I am working as a prefectural employee and am married to a Japanese national. I am aiming to amass the minimum 22 years of pension contributions necessary to draw a pension in Japan. I first worked in Japan on the JET program ...