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Ken Joseph Jr.
For Ken Joseph Jr.'s latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
COMMUNITY / LIFELINES
Feb 15, 2011
Seeking advice on U.K. taxation; returning wartime photographs
British tax advice wanted MS in Kamakura wonders if we know of any consultants who advise individuals on their tax status under the U.K.-Japan Tax Treaty.
COMMUNITY / LIFELINES
Feb 8, 2011
Mental health advice, cash card blues
Empty nest syndrome K'ko is suffering from what she calls "empty nest blues" — that is, being without husband or children.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jan 25, 2011
Carnet crucial when doing Japan in a van
Diana and Peter were pleased to find the column "How to do Japan — in a VW camper van" (Lifelines, Nov. 16) on the Japan Times website.
COMMUNITY / LIFELINES
Jan 11, 2011
Landlords have right of entry — the roaches don't
Back in summer, the owner of AB's rented apartment wanted to spray the property for cockroaches (gokiburi). AB was far from happy.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Dec 14, 2010
Doing Japan in a van: highs, lows, dos, don'ts
Oh, the pros and woes of responding to your queries. Great advice, personal experience — even the odd wakeup call. Here are some responses to our Nov. 16 column on "How to do Japan — in a VW camper van":
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Nov 30, 2010
Bothered by night flight racket from Futenma air base
Reader M.A. lives next to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa and is bothered by the noise from the airport.
COMMUNITY / LIFELINES
Nov 16, 2010
How to do Japan — in a VW camper van
Reader M.T. has lived in Japan for over 20 years and his brother is planning a visit, with a twist: The brother, his wife and two children are hoping to travel around the country living out of their Volkswagen camper van.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Nov 2, 2010
Driving test tough to dodge if your license lapses
A.M. has a big problem. Having had a driver's license for over 30 years, he got busy and suddenly discovered that it had expired — more than a year ago!
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Oct 19, 2010
Barking mad over canine commotion
FF in Tokyo has a barking dog next door that just won't stop!
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Oct 5, 2010
Kids' camps; more on Baha'i
Baha'i outreach MN thanks us for writing about her community (Lifelines, Sept. 21).
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Sep 21, 2010
Expecting death for 36 years; connecting with fellow Baha'i
Death row record ST is a member of Amnesty International. Now back in the U.K., she spent several years in Japan, and was horrified to read in a recent issue of Amnesty Magazine (issue 61, May/June 2010) that a Japanese man is believed to be the world's longest-serving death row inmate.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
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.
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COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jun 22, 2010
Daughter finds long lost mom after 40-year separation
Judy Mintze, who contacted us in search of her long lost mother, is on cloud nine.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
May 25, 2010
Nova visas; seeking U.S. citizenship
Reader SB was working for Nova and his visa runs out next fall.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
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 the people in charge are not in the office. I called my direct contact and he has yet to call me back.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Mar 30, 2010
Quick questions, answers
Some quickies:
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Mar 16, 2010
Lowdown on driving permits; slim pickings for foreign products
Reader A.B. is concerned that he has been driving on an International Driving Permit and is getting mixed messages as to its legality.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
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/ ).
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jan 12, 2010
Left-behind parents receive short shrift from embassies
Two recent inquiries have come in from Canadian fathers who have suddenly lost contact with their children.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
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 ).

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Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves