How to Tell If Your Japanese Sucks

Japanese people are exceedingly kind. They’re so kind, in fact, that they won’t tell you honestly if your Japanese sucks.

Let’s take an example from my home country, the ol’ U. S. of A. If you walk into one of our fine fast food establishments and order your triple quarter pound meatwich with anything less than the most perfect American, the cashier is likely to lean toward you sneering and go, ‘HUNH?’ Continue reading

How to Renew Your Spouse Visa in Japan

I just went to the immigration office to get my Spouse Visa renewed and I’m writing this blog post for two reasons:

  • To help you renew your Spouse Visa in Japan
  • To refer to next time I need to do it since it’s so darn hard to find info on what you need.

I always plan on just making two trips. Trip #1 is where I forget something or screw something up or there’s a mysterious document/photo/form nobody told me about. Trip #2 is where you get her done. Hopefully next time I can make it all in one trip. Continue reading

Foreigners in Japan Get Chipped

As of July 9th, 2012, foreigners in Japan are getting new ID cards. These cards are perfectly wonderful and will make everything so much easier for us we’ll wonder how we ever survived without them. Or at least that’s what websites with cartoony graphics tell me.

What caught my attention is that these new cards are embedded with a small microchip that broadcasts your personal data to anyone with a reader. These are IC chips, which use RFID technology. It’s the same thing in your SUICA train pass, except that you don’t have to hold it up to the reader. Some RFID chips can be read as far away as 30 feet.

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Looking At Japan Population

What Makes The Country Run? Looking At Japan Population
One key to understanding how things work in Japan is to look at Japan population. These facts and figures can give us a little perspective on what’s happening all over the country.
Japan Population
Japan has a population of 127 million, packed into about 375,000 square kilometers. To give you an idea of what that means, the United States has about 300 million. This means that Japan has almost half the population of the United States living in a country about the size of California.

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