Watching TV Shows From Back Home *Legally*

Mar 27, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Oh what a wonderful time to be alive as an expat in Japan! In the not-to-distant past, we were stuck mailing letters to our friends and family back home or going through the harrowing process of figuring how to get international calling to work on our Japanese cellphones… Or worse,...[ Click to read more ]

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Personal Information, Encryption, and the Relocation Process

May 22, 2018 By Admin

To start, a reminder that Japan Info Swap is a part of The H&R Group, which provides a wide range of real estate, relocation, staffing and life-enrichment service in Japan. JIS was created to help communicate the information, knowledge, and expert advice of the H&R Group family of companies to their clients. The...[ Click to read more ]

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More Apps to Get the Most Out of Tokyo

Jan 31, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

We’re back again to give you a few more good apps to try out on your smartphone or tablet to make life a bit easier here in the Metropolis for you. For more iphone apps, and android apps for living in Japan, click those links. Trash Day Alarm As we’ve...[ Click to read more ]

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VoIP Calling in Japan

May 09, 2017 By

With the rise of Voice-over-IP (VoIP) calling applications, pricey unlimited calling plans are becoming increasingly less popular. Use of VoIP can reduce overall costs for phone use domestically and especially internationally. Popular Apps and Benefits of VoIP For the big three providers, there is an option for an Unlimited Talk...[ Click to read more ]

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Internet Service in Tokyo

Apr 27, 2017 By

Details current as of April, 2017 In Japan, there is one main provider of ADSL and fiber optic internet infrastructure called NTT, which is subject to several anti-monopoly restrictions. While they control the physical components of the internet infrastructure, they may not provide actual internet service. As a result, internet...[ Click to read more ]

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The Best iPhone Apps for Living in Japan

Jul 05, 2016 By Ray Proper

Living in Japan can be difficult, but the internet has many resources to make things a bit easier. An iPhone or other smart phone can put those resources at your fingertips wherever you find yourself in Japan through a wide variety of standard or easily downloadable applications. Google maps, for...[ Click to read more ]

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The Best Android Apps for Life in Japan!

By Ray Proper

These ARE the droids you are looking for... Let’s face it, it’s an iPhone world, but Droids need love too!   Here are a few Android apps to get you through life in Japan and prove that you have all the same perks, and more, as those Apple fanboys.   Garbage...[ Click to read more ]

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iPhone Carrier Options in Japan

Feb 08, 2016 By

Living in Japan can be difficult, but the internet has many resources to make things a bit easier and an iPhone or other smart phone can put those resources at your fingertips wherever you find yourself in Japan through a wide variety of standard or easily downloadable applications. The H&R Group...[ Click to read more ]

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SIM-only Mobile Phone Service in Japan

Dec 07, 2015 By

Over the course of the past year or so there has been a proliferation of low-cost SIM-only mobile communications services provided by companies called MVNOs (or Mobile Virtual Network Operators). These services, which use the infrastructure of the big mobile networks, are growing in popularity due to the huge difference...[ Click to read more ]

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