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Ashley Thompson

Ashley Thompson writes Surviving in Japan, a blog supporting expats living in Japan. She has been writing The Japan Times’ Lifelines column since 2011.

For Ashley Thompson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Jan 1, 2013

Myriad options for studying Japanese in the sticks

Reader JA is seeking a Japanese language school in the countryside here for his 18-year-old son. "He would like to live in rural Japan and study Japanese for three or four months, and then ski Japan's famous powder," he writes. "Is there any resource or ...

Dec 4, 2012

Softbank's policies on foreign customers hard to pin down

Some of our non-Japanese readers are wondering why, when trying to sort out a phone and contract with Softbank, they often seem to be subject to different rules than Japanese customers — and even fellow foreign residents. BJ writes: "When getting an iPhone at Softbank, ...

| Dec 4, 2012

Softbank's policies on foreign customers hard to pin down

Some of our non-Japanese readers are wondering why, when trying to sort out a phone and contract with Softbank, they often seem to be subject to different rules than Japanese customers — and even fellow foreign residents. BJ writes: "When getting an iPhone at Softbank, ...

Ink doesn't always cause a stink at the <em>onsen</em>

| Nov 27, 2012

Ink doesn't always cause a stink at the onsen

In response to our Nov. 6 column ("If you need to bring drugs to Japan, sort out the paperwork — or else"), regarding how to find tattoo-friendly onsen, a few readers wrote in with their public bathing experiences. "Apart from private baths as you mention," ...