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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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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 comfortable...

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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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Age Restrictions in Japan: Drinking, ...

2019/01/29

  Age matters a lot in Japan. From the earliest school years until a person finds a job and even into retirement, a Japanese person’s age is connected strongly with their status in society. The age of 20, when a person is said to have become an adult, is commemorated in a special celebration c...

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Where to find OTC medicines in Japan

2019/01/15

  While living in or traveling through Japan, you never know when you may need a band-aid, some headache relief or maybe even a bit of cold medicine. Perhaps your ailment isn’t dire enough to warrant a visit to the doctors or you may already know what you need. OTC (Over-the-counter) medicine...

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The My Number System in Japan and ho ...

2018/10/19

Starting in October of 2015, every citizen in Japan received a notification by mail (by “notification card”) regarding their 12-digit Social Security and Tax Number (also called Individual Number or “My Number”). Information about this new system has been brought up frequently across various me...

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Reading food expiration dates in Japan

2018/10/12

In Japan, the expiration date and the consumption date are determined based on the JAS Law and the Food Sanitation Law. While in Japan, have you ever wondered where the expiration date on food products are?Here we will explain what the dates on food products in Japan mean. There are usually 2...

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Catching A Taxi in Tokyo: Everything ...

2018/09/26

  As convenient as the train system is, there are still times when you will need to take a taxi in Tokyo. And with the starting fare lowered from Y730 to Y410 in early 2017, hopping in a cab for a short ride has become a bit easier on the wallet. While taking a cab long distances will still...

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Paying Bills in Japan Conveniently: ...

2018/09/25

Paying bills is no one's favorite thing to do, regardless of where you live. When it comes to paying though, the easier it is the less painful it will be. This is another area in which Japan stands out among the rest.  There are a variety of convenient ways you can pay your bills in Japan, whe...

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English-Speaking Maid, Housekeeping ...

2018/09/21

Recently, more and more people are starting to use housekeeping and maid services in Japan. There are a wide variety of services offered such as cleaning, dish washing, laundry, cooking, babysitting, child sitting, butler service, secretary service etc. Among the many available choices, “Tsuk...

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Online Grocery Shopping in Japan

2018/09/21

Even if you don't drive in Japan and the nearest grocery store isn't within walking distance, shopping for food and daily necessities doesn't have to be a chore. With the country's efficient, advanced and reliable door-to-door delivery service - where you can specify the time of delivery and r...

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Cycling in Japan: Bicycle Rules & Re ...

2018/07/06

Cycling in Japan reveals a side of the city most never see. Unchanged neighborhoods, hidden temples, quaint family run stores, and parks and museums galore can be visited far easier on two wheels than by train or even car. So, whether you are riding a top of the range imported model or a single...

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Hay Fever (Kafunsho) in Japan

2018/07/06

What is "Hay Fever" and why do so many people suffer from hay fever in Japan? Pollenosis (commonly referred to as hay fever): allergic reactions triggered by pollenSymptoms of hay fever: sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, eye irritation The types of pollens that trigger allergic reaction...

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Earthquake-proof your Home: A Simple ...

2018/07/04

With a tremor occurring in Japan every five minutes, it’s never too early to get your home earthquake-ready to ensure minimum damage and maximum chances of survival. If you come from a country that doesn’t suffer from earthquakes so frequently, here are some basic and common-sense indoor safety...

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Japan and Earthquakes: Why They Happ ...

2018/06/18

  In Japan, you will sometimes hear sudden beeping noise interrupting your TV program and words flashing across the top of the screen - that is a public announcement of the occurrence and magnitude of any earthquake or natural disaster that just occurred in Japan. At the same time, an alarm, w...

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What to do in Case of an Earthquake: ...

2018/06/18

Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world, with research showing that there is a 70% probability that one might occur right below Japan within the next 30 years. Given that, it is highly advisable to get familiar with what to do in case of an earthquake or earthquake-rel...

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English Maps of Kyoto

2018/06/05

When coming to Japan and starting a long-term stay in Kyoto, many people decide where to live after gaining a better grasp of Kyoto's geography as well as checking the available routes for commuting to work. There are various kinds of maps issued throughout Japan. Here are our recommended Engli...

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Climate & Weather in Kyoto

2018/06/04

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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English Maps of Akita

2018/05/23

When an expat comes to Japan and starts a long-term stay in Akita, he or she may decide where to live after grasping the geography of Akita at first and then checking up the route for commuting to work. You find there are various kinds of maps issued in Japan, and we here introduce our recommen...

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