Nobody wishes for a medical emergency, but preparing for one while you're in a foreign country can only make things easier.
COMMUNITY / How-tos
Sep 18, 2023
How to avoid medical purgatory when hospitalized in Japan
Much like a legal will, a visit to the hospital is the last thing for which you want to prepare — yet doing so will save you stress and worry.
If you've come to the realization that divorce is the only way forward, there are a host of details about the Japanese marriage system to confirm before you're finally ready to cut ties.
COMMUNITY / How-tos
Aug 21, 2023
Navigating the notorious gauntlet of divorce in Japan
Everyone wishes for “happily ever after” no matter where you’re from, but Japan recorded 1,671 bicultural divorces in 2021.
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COMMUNITY / How-tos
May 28, 2023
The My Number card has some real benefits. Is it time you got yours?
Hit with a few scattered glitches recently, the My Number card still proved helpful to our writer when he filed his taxes.
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COMMUNITY / How-tos
Apr 3, 2023
Help wanted: The (sleeper) agent of change
Some Japanese businesses may see layoffs overseas as a chance to hire "agents of change." If you"re one of those agents, don"t expect to revolutionize things too soon.
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COMMUNITY / How-tos
Jan 5, 2023
Listen up! Podcasts can help with that perennial resolution to learn Japanese
It's New Year's resolution time, did you make yours? If you're looking to improve your Japanese listening skills in 2023 then these podcasts have you covered.
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COMMUNITY / How-tos
Dec 19, 2022
Things to do before saying 'sayonara' to your life in Japan
Planning on leaving Japan? Think long-term with your plans. It will take a while to ship everything to a different country.
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COMMUNITY / How-tos
Oct 25, 2022
Booked, cooked and shook: My experience getting LASIK in Japan
Writer Kat Joplin provides a first-hand account of getting LASIK at a medical center in Japan, and reveals whether it was worth it in the end.

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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