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Useful Articles for Expats, News from AJ

All Japan Relocation provides news articles on everyday life covering various places in Japan for expats, as well as tenancy management related information for the HR department for foreign companies.

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Free Apps and Websites to Protect Yo ...

2019/10/11

When natural disaster happens (such an earthquakes or typhoons), it's important to obtain accurate information and understand the meaning. There are several Apps and Websites which are provided in English. Here are some must-have Apps to prevent you from natural disasters and also informative w...

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Bringing Medication to Japan: What t ...

2019/10/02

What to Know Before Bringing Medication to Japan Your health is the most important resource you have. Eating well, hydrating, and exercising can do wonders for your body, but what do you do when you need medicine in Japan? Many of us have prescriptions or over-the-counter medications we’d like...

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Japan Consumption Tax Hike 2019: How ...

2019/09/27

Fall is the season of change - leaves turn red, frost descends, and winter coats start to emerge from storage. This year, however, will bring more than just cozy sweatshirts, as Japan’s government is set to increase the consumption tax to 10% (an increase of 2%) beginning October 1, 2019. With...

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New and Used English Book Stores in ...

2019/09/20

Are you on the hunt for some good reading material but wondering where to find something in your native language in the middle of Tokyo? Have you ever stepped into a Japanese bookstore and been overwhelmed by the selection of all Japanese books? Thankfully, for all of us who may not read Japane...

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Japanese Streaming, Cable and More: ...

2019/09/20

Japanese culture can be rich and fascinating whether you speak the language or not, but when you're immersed in local entertainment – or frustrated at not being able to understand it – you might feel a little out of the culture loop back home and want some screen time with more familiar fare....

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Best Japanese Learning Apps - from b ...

2019/09/20

Whether you are studying at home or newly arrived in the country, the Japanese language can seem impossible to those just starting to learn it. That said, there's one simple way to survive no matter how little time you have: All you need is a smartphone and a couple of apps to help you memoriz...

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Medical Emergencies in Tokyo: How to ...

2019/09/03

In case of an emergency in Japan, you can call an ambulance, the police, or the fire department. In these instances, being able to communicate clearly with the help dispatcher can be life-saver. Although the chances of being connected with English-speaking staff are not usually high, those who...

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English-speaking Hair-Salons in Tokyo

2019/08/30

There are many hair salons in Tokyo and they offer the same extensive collection of services as salons in most other countries. Basic haircuts at salons generally start at around 6000 yen and most include a shampoo, wash, and sometimes even a shoulder/head massage in the price. You should confi...

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Japanese Office Documents

2019/08/22

  If you have ever worked in a Japanese company, you may have had the experience of being overwhelmed by any in-house documents that you have had to submit on different occasions. These documents include claiming expenses, notifying the office when you are going directly home after meeting wit...

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International Supermarkets in Tokyo

2019/08/22

If you are new to Tokyo, you may have noticed that most Japanese grocery stores and supermarkets have a very limited selection of items that may be common in your home country. As the food labels are usually in Japanese, it can be quite challenging to figure out what a particular food item is...

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Japan Typhoon Season: How to Prepare ...

2019/08/14

It is not only earthquakes that you may need to keep in mind as risks of natural disasters in Japan. As sea temperature levels rise due to global warming in recent years, typhoons are beginning to originate closer to Japan, and are becoming more powerful. Tropical storms, which arise from trop...

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Tokyo Tailor Services to Help You Lo ...

2019/07/16

The denizens of the Tokyo metropolis are some of the best-dressed in the world. Regardless of age, people in Japan don’t leave the house looking anything but professional—from school kids in uniform blazers and job-seeking university students in their “new recruit” suits, to office ladies in pe...

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English-speaking Nail Salons in Tokyo

2019/07/09

The outstanding technique of Japanese nail art is very much respected worldwide. Japan is the home to many well-trained professional nail artists. The popularity comes from many different varieties of nail art, the precise skills, and quality. Listed below are English speaking nail salons loca...

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Climate & Weather in Kyoto

2019/05/29

Here is a guide to weather in Kyoto for foreign expats moving to Kyoto City from overseas countries as well as those moving to the city from other areas in Japan. We hope this guide will be of value when planning your seasonal wardrobe for life in Japan. Kyoto City, like many areas around the...

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10 Things You Should Know Before Buy ...

2019/05/21

  If you are planning a long-term stay or are already a resident in Japan, mobile phones equipped with local SIM cards are are an everyday requirement. They are essential for your daily life and business. Because there are so many options of SIM cards in Japan, it may seem to be tricky and it...

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Japan travel information and English ...

2019/04/10

With a history stretching back over 1,000 years, Japan has much to see and do when it comes to traveling. As each area of Japan has something to offer culturally or historically, travel within Japan is popular even amongst Japanese people. The hardest part of traveling in Japan will be deciding...

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Worldwide ERC Summit 2019

2019/03/11

All Japan Relocation will be participating in the 2019 Worldwide ERC summits being held in Shanghai on March 14th (Thu) and in Singapore on March 19th (Tue). Our relocation service covers all of Japan, providing a variety of quality services for expats enabling them to have a safe and comfortabl...

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How to Buy Prescription Glasses and ...

2019/02/18

  In Japan, you don't have to go to an eye doctor to have prescription glasses made. In order to get presciption glasses made, all you have to do is simply to walk into an a glasses store and they give you an eye examination for free. After the examination it is possible to have your new presc...

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School Grade and Age Structures in Japan

2019/02/14

  The education system and structures vary from country to country. Here we have made an easy to understand comparison between the ages and grade structures in Japan and other countries. You can also find a list of what the ages for compulsory education in each country is and how to use that i...

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Suica on iPhone, Apple Watch and And ...

2019/02/04

Since the launch of the iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3, owners of these devices have been able to use the device as a Suica substitute through the use of  Apple Pay. If you have an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or an Apple Watch Series 2 that was purchased in Japan, you can also transfer your Sui...

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