| May 10, 2011

Pension 'gap years' and missed payments

by Ashley Thompson

Responding to our April 19 column (“Japan pension answers often case-specific”), KW suggests that there are further conditions — aside from the special exemptions we mentioned — under which foreigners may be able to receive a pension without paying in for 25 years. One ...

| May 3, 2011

Leaping the digital TV divide

by Ashley Thompson

Reader JC asked about the upcoming analog-to-digital TV changeover on July 24 and how to prepare for it. The available options are so varied that it can be overwhelming to sift through and try to understand exactly what you need, especially if you can’t ...

| Apr 12, 2011

Quake aid, local services

by Ashley Thompson and Angela Jeffs

For relief organizations, groups or individuals needing translators, Taichi W. sent information about the Japan Guide Consortium Volunteer Interpreters, a group of translators initially formed at the request of the government. Four are working in Sendai with the Indian National Disaster Response Force; other ...

| Apr 5, 2011

Quake aid, pet predictions

by Ashley Thompson

Reader D.C. recommends the Japan Chernobyl Foundation as a charity for victims of the earthquake and nuclear disaster. He writes: “For 20 years, JCF has specialized in providing medical aid to radiation disaster victims, with a special emphasis on helping children. It is a ...

| Mar 29, 2011

Hosting, contacting survivors

by Ashley Thompson

Reader DB says: “I’ve created a Facebook group to provide Japanese victims with accommodation. Right now there are about 20 offers from different countries around the world. We need help contacting Japanese locals and/or organizations so people can actually get help.” I briefly covered ...