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Two New Domestic Travel Discount Programs and How to Take Advantage of Them

Japan may have opened up for international travel as of October 11th, 2022, but at the same time, the Japanese government has also been concerned with boosting domestic travel. In…

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Settling into Japan on a Budget

Moving to Japan can be a strain on anyone’s finances. Saving money early on can be an invaluable step toward a successful experience in the long run. So here are…

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Halal Food in Japan 101

Japan is starting to welcome many students this year. Many might want to try the local Japanese delicacies, such as Meiji chocolate. Although Japanese farmers do not plant cacao, Japan…

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How much Japanese do I need in daily life in Japan? (Guide for Newcomers)

Some students studied Japanese for several years before coming to Japan, some have only studied it for a few months, and some have not studied Japanese at all. This article…

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Getting Married and Having Kids in Japan: MEXT Scholars Speak!

Marriage and childbirth can be exciting but also stressful times. And the sense of anxiety is particularly palpable when they happen in a foreign country, amid an unfamiliar language and…

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Going in Cashless in Japan: a Starter’s Guide to Several Options

Despite a large number of banks and other financial services providers pushing people to use electronic payments, Japan remains very much a cash-centered society. As of the second quarter of…

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Three Ways to Travel Cheaply Within Japan

The days of intercity vacations, at least within Japan, appear to be back. The “Go To Travel” campaign, a voucher system under which the government subsidizes up to USD 90…

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Managing Your Money the Local Way: Introduction to Financial Investments in Japan

For foreigners looking to live and work in Japan in the long term, simply finding ways to save money on day-to-day life may not be sufficient to reach certain long-term…

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Three Ways to Save Money While Living in Japan

Big cities in Japan, where many foreigners study or work, can be some of the most expensive places to live in. Rough estimates show that, in central Tokyo, even tiny…

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Four Essential Items to Help You Survive a Japanese Winter

Japanese winters can be cold, brutally cold. Data from the Japan Meteorological Agency shows that in 2021, the coldest month of January saw the temperature in Tokyo dip to as…