Japan

So you are moving to Japan

A country of proud tradition, tranquil countryside and futuristic cities.

Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:

  1. Japan has a history of deterring immigration however it is still home to about 20,000 Britons and more than 50,000 Americans.
  2. Japan experiences a variety of climates throughout the country. The northern end is in the subarctic zone and has bitter winters and considerable snowfall whereas the southernmost islands have a more tropical climate. Typhoons may affect areas of Japan but seldom strike Tokyo directly; however, September can bring occasional heavy rains and strong winds to Tokyo.
  3. The Japanese concepts of inside/uchi and outside/soto define the Japanese approach to life. Foreigners, whether Asian or Western, will find that they are soto or gaijin – literally outside person
  4. If you plan to work for more than 90 days and be paid in Japan, you will most likely require one of the various types of working visas issued by Japan. These visa should be obtained before you leave your home country
  5. Japanese is the official language and is spoken by all the population. The study of English is compulsory in junior and senior high schools but fluency varies.
  6. Policies by the Japanese government and central bank are set to support this rise with increased expenditure on infrastructure, the devaluation of the Yen and a program of quantitative easing.
  7. Japan has a population of about 127 million people 80 percent of which live in urban areas. A staggering 45 percent of the population are found in the three major metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya; making Japan one of most densely populated countries in the world.
  8. Japan’s currency is the yen (¥).
  9. Japan’s economy is the third largest in the world with a GDP worth nearly 6tn. It is the world leader in electronic goods, including production of seemingly ‘futuristic’ technologies such as Robotics.
  10. Japan is a stable democracy and experiences little civil unrest. It has engaged in a number of territorial disputes with China in recent years but there has been little violence between the two nations.

    Since the tsunami in 2011 the country has recovered well but there is still an exclusion zone around the Fukushima power plant.

 

Once you are settled, explore the wonders of Japan as it is a truly beautiful country and a great place for friends and family to visit!

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Moving to Japan: Passports and Visas
For foreigners staying in Japan longer than 90 days, you and each member of your family over the age of 16 must register to obtain a residence card…

Moving to Japan: Climate

The northern end of Japan is in the subarctic zone and has bitter winters and considerable snowfall. Conversely the southernmost islands have a more tropical climate…

Moving to Japan: Buying a property

Due to Japan’s house prices most foreigners rent rather than purchase housing…

Whether renting or buying, using serviced apartments can give you time to find the right property.

Moving to Japan: Moving household goods

Household goods and personal items that do not accompany you as baggage but arrive in Japan within six months are exempt from taxes if shipped with the correct form...

Moving to Japa: Choosing a school

If attending local schools student may notice differences in the rapport among students, eating lunch in a classroom versus a cafeteria, and having to clean the school after classes are finished for the day…

Moving to Japan: National health care

All long-term residents of Japan, including foreigners, must be enrolled in a health insurance plan...

Moving to Japan: Everyday living

Rice is essential, both spiritually and physically, to Japanese food. The Japanese classify food into two categories: ’gohan’ – rice, and ‘okazu’ – everything else…

Moving to Japan: Social environment

Japan remains an insular society, open to new technologies but somewhat cautious with foreigners. However with 1.9 million foreign residents there are lots of opportunities for socializing with other expats …

Moving to Japan: Social customs

While not practiced formally today, Confucianism is a foundation of Japanese culture and behavior. Confucianism stresses harmony of relationships; respect for rank, authority, and age; and loyalty to the group. The individual must be willing to work for the benefit of the group…

 

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