| Nov 24, 2013

Do New Year's the right way this time

With the yearend rush fast approaching, Dave has a very timely question about Japanese New Year cards: “I’m not a Christmas card kind of guy and last year was no exception. However, at New Year’s I got a bunch of postcards from friends and ...

Rikuzentakata: How to get there and help

| Nov 17, 2013

Rikuzentakata: How to get there and help

A reader from overseas, KM, contacted Lifelines after reading a recent article about Rikuzentakata. The city, located in Iwate Prefecture, gained international attention after it was nearly wiped out by the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. Amya ...

MasterCard debit card holders shouldn't panic

| Oct 27, 2013

MasterCard debit card holders shouldn't panic

A reader from Australia, JF, contacted Lifelines with a question about using her MasterCard debit card here. She is coming to Japan soon and was concerned about a notice she had seen on MasterCard Japan’s website, indicating that certain types of cards issued overseas ...