Shinsei Bank’s GoRemit Application Timeline

Jul 16, 2019 By Admin

What is the GoRemit App? The GoRemit App is a dedicated smartphone app for the GoRemit Shinsei Overseas Remittance Service provided by Shinsei Bank. If you are a customer of theirs, as many of our clients are, you may need to be aware that starting Tuesday, October 1, 2019, overseas...[ Click to read more ]

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Bringing or Importing Medicines into Japan

Jul 13, 2019 By Ray Proper

Caution is required when bringing any kind of medicine into Japan. Many products that are commonly available over the counter elsewhere in the world are not approved for sale in Japan (examples include medicines that contain Pseudoephedrine, such as Actifed, Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers) and their import is strictly prohibited....[ Click to read more ]

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Dealing with Humidity and Mold in Japan

Jul 10, 2019 By Ray Proper

Japan is a big place, but a large part of Japan sits with the "humid subtropical climate" zone, characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters.   These long hot and humid summers can be difficult to get used to for someone from a more temperate climate, and create concerns that some people may...[ Click to read more ]

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How to Deal with Traffic Stops in Japan

Jun 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

If you choose to drive in Japan, at some point you will have to interact with the police; whether it’s a simple safety checkpoint, a traffic infraction, or worst case an accident. Most scenarios are just like their counterparts in other countries, but there are some minor differences to laws...[ Click to read more ]

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How to Clean Your Air Conditioner

Jun 18, 2019 By Mita

We would like to share with you how to clean an air conditioner filter in Japan.  There are several types of air conditioners used in Japan, but we will focus on the two most common types; the air conditioning unit, and central air conditioner. Cleaning a Unit Air Conditioner  Cleaning the...[ Click to read more ]

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How to Get Your Car Inspected in Japan

Apr 22, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Over the years, we’ve told you about the process of getting a driver’s license and buying cars and motorcycles in Japan, but we’ve never gone into detail on the inspection and taxation process that all vehicle owners must deal with every two years or less. It can be a real...[ Click to read more ]

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Minpaku: Subletting in Japan

Nov 22, 2018 By Mita

Minpaku is a private accommodation or lodging available for rent - not a hotel, Airbnb, etc.   Staying in a minpaku is often cheaper when compared to hotels, and offer more options for guests. Also, the owner of the apartments/houses can earn some money from them. In regards to this article, the...[ Click to read more ]

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Bicycle Liability Insurance

Aug 28, 2018 By

There are two major cities in Japan that require bicycle riders to maintain liability insurance as a condition for riding in the city.  These are: Osaka City Nagoya City Clients and readers living or visiting these areas must be aware of this responsibility before hitting the road, but everyone should...[ Click to read more ]

Buying a Car & Driving in Kobe

Jul 30, 2018 By Justin Hanus

Having a car gives you a great way of traveling around Japan. Although the country has a very good public transport system, this mainly serves the major cities. If you want the flexibility to travel further afield and see some of the country's spectacular countryside, it's better to do it...[ Click to read more ]

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Garden Maintenance Responsibilities in Japan for Renters

Jul 06, 2018 By Mita

It is important to start this conversation with the caveat that the contents of YOUR housing contract may be significantly different than the broad generalities outlined in this article. As with anything, read your contract to find out for sure what YOUR rights and responsibilities are as a renter! If...[ Click to read more ]

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