Are you in Japan, non-Japanese and feeling poor, paranoid, undervalued, misunderstood or bored? All of the above? Perhaps one of these articles might help:

  • Banks are sending some foreign customers requests to come into their branch and confirm their identities, which they say is part of a broader strategy to combat crime and terrorism. Louise George Kittaka tagged along with one recipient of such a request to find out what’s going on and whether non-Japanese residents have to comply.
  • The season of new employees is fast approaching, bringing with it the obvious question: Is it time for a change? For the mid-career professional, the prospect of re-entering the job market can be a daunting one. David Cortez presents five questions to ask yourself if you are considering a switch.
Can you travel Tokyo with $100!? Keeping Japan affordable | LOST LEBLANC
Can you travel Tokyo with $100!? Keeping Japan affordable | LOST LEBLANC
  • Living in Japan — and even Tokyo — doesn’t have to break the bank. Like anywhere on Earth, there are always ways to cut down on living expenses without compromising your lifestyle. Rebecca Saunders offers some tried and tested tips and tricks to cut back on your costs and get those yen working for themselves.
  • Ever feel like you’re being watched? The eyes of the nation are upon you, and they are making sure that you put the trash out correctly. At least that’s the way it sometimes feels for William Lang, who shares his concerns about “hito no me — literally, “people’s eyes” or “the eyes of the people,” whichever sounds more sinister — in a recent Foreign Agenda column.
  • For a decade or so, YouTube creators in Japan (or “J-vloggers”), most of them foreign, have been shepherding overseas Japanophiles to places here that many locals have never visited. But as Patrick St. Michel reports, recently things have been changing, with fewer of the “slice of life” videos of yore and more content catering to subcultures within the non-Japanese audience.