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Ken Joseph Jr.
For Ken Joseph Jr.'s latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Aug 19, 2003
Biculturalism, accessories and recession
Greetings from Baghdad. It is a good place to appreciate all the blessings of Japan -- peace, freedom, safety -- all the things we take so for granted.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Aug 5, 2003
NHK fees, will-writing and shipping
The NHK man Dear Lifelines: Recently my wife, who is Japanese, answered the door to an NHK rep. She was warned that not paying the monthly fee of 1,000 yen could wind her up in court. She paid.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jul 15, 2003
Scooter worry, motorcycles and doctors
Motor scooter We own a Honda Today motor scooter here in Tokyo which we'd like to bring with us back to the U.S. next year. How can we find out if we can do this? -- Tokyo Jack
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jul 1, 2003
Auto English, penguin suits and frugality
Driving in English Dear Lifelines: I would like information on driving schools in Tokyo that give instructions in English. -- Lalila
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jun 17, 2003
Pensions, immigration and health
Hello again from Baghdad. It is definitely hot -- apparently 33 C the other day. Things here are settling down and the city is beginning to work again. What do you say about a 7,000-year-old-city? It just slowly gets on its way.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Apr 29, 2003
Overstaying visas, noisy neighbors and DIY trading
Visa overstaying I'm a Ukranian Citizen now in Japan. I have overstayed my tourist three-month visa. If I would like to go back to my country, what should I do? Can I buy an air ticket without a visa? Do they have money or other kinds of penalties for this type of case? -- Tokyo Don
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE ZEIT GIST
Apr 1, 2003
Many Iraqis see war as their only escape route
The older man sitting beside me at a simple meal to welcome peace activists to Baghdad sounded me out cautiously.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Mar 18, 2003
Taking issue with a visa 'investigation'
"Dear Lifelines; I am a Hong Kong citizen with a British passport. I married a Japanese national in 1992 in Hong Kong. Three years ago, my husband was transferred back to Tokyo and so I came to Japan on a spouse visa, which is valid for three years.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Mar 4, 2003
Homesickness, toll-free numbers and money orders
Greetings Greetings from London, England, where my fellow Assyrians are making me feel at home with their sweet hospitality, wonderful food, but also making me homesick for Japan.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 27, 2003
Persecuted for centuries, Iraq's Assyrian Christians once again wary of their future
LONDON -- Iraq's 1.2 million Assyrian Christians -- remnants of the Assyrian empire and the only people who still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ -- are once again the victims of circumstances beyond their control. Unlike the Kurds, the Assyrians are all but ignored in discussions over Iraq's future.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Feb 18, 2003
A kind word, visa sponsorship and tax refunds
A kind word I was sitting in the NTT Telephone shop waiting to have a telephone repaired and a bit discouraged.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Feb 4, 2003
Refunded cash for working at home and a sumo day out
Greetings Greetings from 10,000 meters -- I am beginning this week's column from somewhere high over the Pacific Ocean on United Flight 897 bound for Tokyo.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jan 21, 2003
Leaving Japan, getting organized and cash refunds
Being thankful Hello from Tokyo. For all of our complaints, isn't it wonderful to be in Japan? With war, hunger and strife rampant in the world, Japan, with all its problems, is an oasis. It's a good time to be thankful, as we enter the new year, for the simple blessings of peace, trains that run on time and telephones that work.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jan 14, 2003
Pension posers, recycling visas, and a re-entry tip-off
New year, new faces Happy New Year from Tokyo. Congratulations to two new leaders in the community; Mr. Lance Lee, the new president of The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and Mr. Larry Blagg, the new president of The Tokyo American Club. They don't come any better. We wish them the best. Also, a big "otsukaresama" to Don Kanak and Dr. Fred Harris -- Fred after 21 years serving on the board at The Tokyo American Club.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jan 6, 2003
Navigating Japan health insurance
Deciding which I have lived in Japan and worked for the same company for six years. During this time the company has provided health insurance and paid all of the premiums. However, I will soon leave the company and thus lose my coverage.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Dec 31, 2002
Don't pay extra for shipping when you move to Japan
Belated greetings
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Dec 17, 2002
Getting cash reimbursed for medical costs
We lost one of the anchors of the international community with the sudden and unexpected death of Corky Alexander, longtime Tokyo resident, editor of The Tokyo Weekender and a dear friend.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Dec 10, 2002
One of the real good guys
How do you describe one of the real "good guys." For those of us 'kids' growing up in Tokyo there was one very special person.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Dec 3, 2002
Can tourists get themselves working visas?
There is a Japanese saying that goes "when you stand in front of the lighthouse you often miss the light."
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Nov 15, 2002
Visa rules and looking for a dream job
More health concerns Dear Lifelines; As I understand it, anyone one with a visa for a year or more can enter National Health Insurance. But is the sheme compulsory? And once entered, are you able to leave it if you can find private health cover with an overseas firm? -- Reader in Kansai

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