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Ukrainian refugees arrive at Haneda airport in Tokyo on April 5, 2022.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 26, 2023
Japan to introduce new residency status for asylum-seekers
A program to offer a long-term residence status that will allow asylum-seekers to work in Japan will be introduced in December.
Nobody wishes for a medical emergency, but preparing for one while you're in a foreign country can only make things easier.
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.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has become increasingly vigilant about monitoring the activities of foreign nationals within the country.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 17, 2023
China steps up scrutiny of Japanese in China after Fukushima decision
More than 100,000 Japanese nationals live in China, and some in the international community worry they may be treated as potential hostages.
Vietnamese staff work at a seafood processing firm in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 17, 2023
86% of municipalities across Japan want more foreign workers, survey says
The poll underscores the serious shortage of workers in farming and other key sectors as the country grapples with a declining population.
Delivery trucks at a parking area along the highway in Chiba Prefecture in April
JAPAN / Society
Sep 14, 2023
Japan set to expand visa framework to tackle driver shortage
The planned expansion of the visa framework is to attract foreign nationals to the logistics industries and to address the driver shortage problem.
Non-Japanese residents make up over 8% of the population of Kani, Gifu Prefecture, making it one of the country's most multicultural cities.
Sep 7, 2023
Kani residents take to the stage to promote cultural empathy
One of the most multicultural cities in Japan is using the theater to try and address common cultural misconceptions.
Milthun Shrestha (left) works as a rafting guide on the Yoshino River in Miyoshi, Tokushima Prefecture, on July 28. Shrestha says his salary in Japan is five times as much as it is in Nepal.
Sep 5, 2023
Nepalese workers proving invaluable to labor hungry Japan
Many work as rafting guides, hotel employees, airport staff and other behind-the-scenes workers at bustling holiday destinations.
A Japanese junior high school student stares off into space while in the classroom. If your child is distracted or preoccupied during lessons, it may be time to speak with their teacher.
Sep 3, 2023
School is back. Is it time to have a word with the teacher?
It’s important to know how to speak to your child’s homeroom teacher at school so you can keep an eye on how they are doing.
Native Englander Paul Christie now spends most of his time rebuilding declining communities across the rural stretches of southwest Japan.
Aug 29, 2023
One tour company’s mission to ‘revive a small corner of Japan’
Launched in 2007, the “Community Project” was devised to reinvigorate two neighboring valleys on the Kunisaki Peninsula.
Guy Perryman hosts the Tokyo-based "Guy Perryman Show" on InterFM on Friday mornings.
Aug 26, 2023
Guy Perryman: ‘Sound and rhythm are ingrained in our DNA’
Radio personality Guy Perryman says around 99% of his audience consists of Japanese people who want to listen to English content.
The Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau in Tokyo
JAPAN / Society
Aug 21, 2023
Japan plans to move some residency applications online by 2025
The expansion of online services is part of the Immigration Agency's efforts to meet the Digital Agency’s plan of achieving a “digital society” by 2025.
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.
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.
Anderson Robson Barbosa, a 34-year-old Brazilian man, was charged in a Brazilian court over the murder of his wife and their daughter while living in Osaka Prefecture.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 16, 2023
Man charged in Brazil for allegedly murdering family in Japan
The 34-year-old has been charged over the murder of his wife and child in Osaka, allegedly because he feared divorce.
Koichi Hagiuda (center), the policy chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, visits a dispatching agency for foreign trainees in Hanoi and talks to students there last month.
Aug 16, 2023
Illegal practices found at 7,247 firms employing foreign trainees
The most common violations involved breaches of safety rules, with the second most common being unpaid wages.
If you have a specific birth plan in mind, like giving birth at home, it's important to make sure the clinic you use offers that option.
Aug 14, 2023
Giving birth in Japan? Here’s what you need to know.
Giving birth can be overwhelming — even more so if you don’t understand the local language or know the steps you need to take.
Prachi Gupta (left) after the birth of her first child in 2018
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Aug 14, 2023
For foreign expecting mothers in Japan, a struggle over maternity norms
Different expectations over things like natural births and weight gain can cause anxieties for non-Japanese.
A major bonus of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is the time it offers you to be able to plan for long-term goals. Writer Erik M. Jacobs was able to map out what he needed to pursue a career in U.S.-Japan relations, for example.
COMMUNITY / Issues / Learning Curve
Aug 8, 2023
Every situation is different on JET, but they're all similarly rewarding
As a new wave of JET Program participants arrives in the country, a program alumni shares tips on getting the most out of the experience.
Ryuzaburo Mizuno, who was born in Brazil seven years after the Great Kanto Earthquake, holds a photo of his family.
Aug 7, 2023
A diaspora remembers the disaster that forged it
There is a significant Brazilian community in Japan, but 100 years ago a major disaster spurred the growth of a Japanese community in Brazil.
The batsman’s place can be a lonely one — in the center of the field, surrounded by the opposition — but you can always look back to your pavilion for support.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / Longform
Jul 31, 2023
Sweat, stumps and solidarity on the cricket pitch
It's a hot day and the Yokohama Alpha Quashers are about to take on the Chiba Sharks, fighting for a chance to move higher in the Japan Cricket League.
Japan might change because of you or your actions, but it will not change for you.
COMMUNITY / Voices / Black Eye
Jun 19, 2023
A note to people of color interested in living in Japan
When asked about what life is like here for people of color, columnist Baye McNeil summed it up with a story about sitting on a crowded train.


Akiko Trush says her experience with the neurological disorder dystonia left her feeling like she wanted to chop her own hand off.
The neurological disorder that 'kills culture'