Here’s what has changed with Japan’s new cycling laws

Jul 01, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

You’ll be forgiven for thinking that many of the bicycling laws you may have grown up within your home country are heavily enforced in Japan as well since there is more bicycling traffic here than most other places in the world, but the reality is starkly different. While there are...[ Click to read more ]

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Making sense of the Consumption Tax rate hike

Sep 27, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

It’s officially happening after many delays and false starts, Japan’s consumption tax (消費税 shohizei) will go from 8% to 10% on October 1st, 2019. The tax is levied on almost every purchase, from food and drink to train fares and utility bills; even the fees incurred from using the ATM...[ Click to read more ]

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How to ease the impact of Japan’s impending consumption tax hike

By Jason Gatewood

In order to ease the overnight transition into a higher tax bracket, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has begun a program that will effectively refund the difference back to consumers. But there are a few catches of course; its only in effect for 9 months beginning 1 October...[ 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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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 ]

Get Inked! A History of and Places to Get a Tattoo in Hiroshima

Aug 24, 2017 By Jade Brischke

Even before I came to Japan, I’d heard stories about tattoos being a no-go if you wanted to go to an onsen (hot spring) or public bath and a definite no-no for getting a job. As far as the Japanese were concerned, the only people who had tattoos were yakuza...[ Click to read more ]

Embarkation and Disembarkation Card Changes at Airports in Japan

Jun 23, 2016 By

From April 1, 2016, changes were made to the format of the Disembarkation Card for Foreign Nationals, Embarkation and Disembarkation Card for Re-entrants, and the Embarkation Card for Foreign Nationals was discontinued. The new format will no longer have some boxes such as "nationality/region", "sex" and "passport number", and in order to prevent the omission of...[ Click to read more ]

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Bicycling in Japan – Know the Laws

May 27, 2016 By Mark Guthrie

The time has come again for commuters to abandon the stress and discomfort of the public transport system in favor of their trusty bicycle.  Before you saddle up and join them, it is important to know the "rules of the road," or the laws governing riding a bicycle on the streets of Japan....[ Click to read more ]

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My Number – The New Social Security and Tax Number System in Japan

Sep 08, 2015 By

"My Number" is what the new social security and tax identification number system in Japan is called.  The new numbers will begin shipping to all registered residents, foreign and domestic, in October of 2015. The system will begin to require the individual number for administrative procedures related to social security, taxation, and disaster response in...[ Click to read more ]

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Relocate to Japan – Arriving in Tokyo via Narita Airport

Jul 13, 2015 By

Tokyo enjoys two international options: Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) and Narita International Airport. Narita International Airport is actually located 60 km east of Tokyo in Chiba prefecture, and was for many years the only airport providing international air service to the area.  While offering the majority of international flight options, its...[ Click to read more ]

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