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Ken Joseph Jr.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Nov 1, 2002
A good result with Japan's health insurance system
Traveling a lot you begin to be truly thankful for what we take for granted in Japan.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Oct 18, 2002
Insuring your health; ensuring your privacy
Health concerns Health continues to be a regular source of your questions. The issue was really brought home to me the other day when, following a 10-hour flight, with no sleep, I got up to give a speech and couldn't speak nor remember what I was supposed to stay.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Oct 4, 2002
Finding out more about the law and you in Japan
You and the law To help you with any questions relating to you and law in Japan, The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, as part of The Living In Japan Series, will present: Japanese Laws You and Your Family Should Know on Oct. 16, at 12 p.m. at The Tokyo American Club.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Sep 19, 2002
Check-up costs, parking perils, and 'quake advice
Health check-ups I'm not feeling well and feel I need to get a complete checkup or physical. It is my understanding that the national health insurance only covers diagnosed illness but not such preventive care. What can I do? -- Phillip in Tokyo
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Sep 5, 2002
Divorce issues, cheap traveling and getting ADSL
Divorce issues Dear Lifelines, My wife and I have been separated for three years. I do not see any hope for our marriage and feel we need to get a divorce. I have two children. What should I do? -- Tony in Chiba
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE ZEIT GIST
Sep 5, 2002
Reaching out to Japanese hit on Sept. 11
Nearly a year ago, on Sept. 11, the Japan Helpline undertook its most difficult aid effort since the Great Hanshin Earthquake struck Kobe back in 1995.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Aug 22, 2002
Seeking medical redress and keeping control of Spam
What a day we live in! I am writing this week's column from Los Angeles, where The Japan Helpline began in 1975 and where we have our U.S. offices. As usual, we had an emergency here!
COMMUNITY
Aug 8, 2002
Prominent figures raise questions over numbering system
Last Monday, Japan changed forever. The old city registration system has been dramatically changed to the "juki network," or basic residential register network system numbering system.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Aug 8, 2002
Looking after your mental and physical well-being in Japan
"Several weeks ago you published information about English-speaking doctors and wrote that you would be glad to receive information on others," writes Mary in Tokyo.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jul 25, 2002
Health insurance, pension cash claims and odd-job search
It's been quite surprising to receive so many "thank yous" from readers, but more surprising has been that they come not only from Japan but from all over the the world. It seems a lot of people who have lived in Japan in the past and moved on read the column at www.japantimes.co.jp to keep up on things...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY
Jul 25, 2002
When the 'Big One' hits, help will be close at hand
Recently, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Howard Baker wrote to Mr. Minoru Mori, President of Mori Building Company to thank him, "on behalf of those in Japan for (his) kindness in providing a storage location for disaster relief supplies. . .and essential items such as bottled water,blankets, clothing...
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jul 11, 2002
Permanent status and foreign driving licences in Japan
Reader AEB from Kyushu writes: "I am single, have lived here in Japan for almost 10 years, and have a stable job. I hope to apply for permanent residency. I heard that you must have lived here for 10 years consecutively, or be married to a Japanese national.
COMMUNITY
Jul 4, 2002
Seeking a foreign channel
A movement to keep the channel is developing throughout Japan in reaction to the announcement by News Broadcasting Japan that the 24-hour news service Foxnews will cease operations at the end of July.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jun 27, 2002
Newshungry TV viewers fighting for English service
To start off, we have a request from "Friends of Foxnews," who are working to keep Foxnews, the up and coming challenge to CNN and BBC and the only non-edited English language news program on SkyPerfecTV here in Japan.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jun 13, 2002
Getting your just rewards for a lifetime of slog
Well here we are again. It's starting to get nice and hot and summer is well on us. Your questions and inquiries are coming in and we are also getting answers and ideas from our readers too. Great. That is just what we were hoping for.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
May 30, 2002
The fuss-free way to get you and your stuff home
We were wondering how many inquiries would be coming in and we are all pleasantly surprised at how many we have. It is going to be a big job to reply to them all but that's what we are here for. Remember, we rely on you, the reader, to not only send in questions but help us with the answers. Please let...
COMMUNITY / How-tos
May 16, 2002
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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan