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Living in Japan

  • Witness. Disaster in Japan (2011) - must watch video
  • on 4/21/2011
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  • The days after the Great East Japan Earthquake (東日本大震災)
  • on 4/20/2011
  • This article was written by our nihonkairali member Biju Paul. Please read the article at

  • A guide to Japanese Universities and Colleges
  • on 12/22/2010
  • Ready to expand your horizons and study in Japan?

    Here's your resource for locating the educational institutions
    and curriculum best suited to you and your future career goals.

  • Living in Japan and Indian IT scenario
  • on 4/4/2006
  • Jyabora, a Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Ken based NPO which focuses on Japanese language training recently conducted (1st of April, 2006) a session focusing on Indians living in and around the area. Krishnamoorthy Raman and Prasanth Pooyath, both mallu's based in Hamamatsu did a presentation in Japanese on "Living in Japan" and "Indian IT scenario".

  • Helping new arrivals from India find their feet
  • on 1/15/2006
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  • Cleaning Supplies Vocabulary
  • on 2/24/2005
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  • Basic Rules for Disposing Recyclable Materials
  • on 2/17/2005
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  • Useful Phone Numbers in Japan
  • on 2/14/2005
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  • National Pension System in Japan
  • on 1/24/2005
  • If you are a non-Japanese between the ages of 20 and 59, and the holder of an Alien Registration Card, you are supposed to be covered by the National Pension

  • The Mother and Child Health Handbook
  • on 1/10/2005
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  • Giving birth, having a baby in Japan
  • on 12/15/2004
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  • Tips for newcomers
  • on 12/13/2004
  • Moving to Japan and establishing a life here isn't easy. Even Japanese people returning from abroad struggle to readjust. If you are coming with an organization or to work in a specific company, then communicate carefully in advance. How will you get from the airport to your first destination? Will someone meet you? If you don't speak Japanese or already know the transportation system, have someone meet you or provide very detailed instructions. Once you have your feet on the ground, know how and when you will get your Alien Registration Card and arrange for National Health Insurance (if needed). Unless your housing is being provided, you will almost certainly need urgent help in this area. Get all the help that you can, because you'll need it. People who help you may have to invest significant time and money. They'll understand this better than you, but they may have a hard time saying "no." Consider the strength of your relationship before you through yourself in someone's arms.

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  • How to channel anger into better performance
  • on 1/19/2011
  • Most of us get defensive and angry when our goals are frustrated or when we feel attacked by other people. Anger is normal, and it should be expressed: failing to express anger, and bottling it up, can build feelings of intense frustration and eventually lead to depression. However, if in your case being angry regularly turns into “losing your temper”, and if this is the only way you know how to deal with criticism and problems, it will not only damage your reputation and personal relationships but also cause stress-related diseases.


  • SAKURA Poothappol
  • on 3/30/2006
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  • Firsts in Literature Kerala
  • on 2/2/2006
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  • Non - violence
  • on 6/10/2005
  • Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, in his June 9 lecture at the University of Puerto Rico, shared the following story as an example of nonviolence in parenting:

  • Library director publishes new book
  • on 6/7/2005
  • ATSUGI NAVAL AIR FACILITY, Japan — Dr. George Marangoly loves books as much as he loves literature. For eight years, Marangoly has served as Atsugi’s library director. This month, the native of India will publish his eighth book in his native Malayalam language. Malayalam is the language of the Southern Indian state of Kerala, according to an Indian government Web site.

  • Punarjanmam
  • on 5/31/2005
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  • Shopping for the little bookworms
  • on 5/20/2005
  • It's bedtime and you're keen for the little ones to get off to sleep so you can return to that DVD you left on pause. For their story, you try winging it again with a Japanese picture book, but the version you concoct this time is different to what you told them before. Pointing out that you've got the story wrong, the kids are suddenly wide awake. High time, you decide, to replenish your stock of English books. Here is a selection of where to shop for children's books in Tokyo.

  • 3 golden rules for effective communication
  • on 1/28/2005
  • Have you been wondering how to compose an e-mail that captures your strategies and goals effectively?

  • Buying a home? Don't get cheated
  • on 1/28/2005
  • One seller tells you his home is going for Rs 15 lakh and it is 1,000 sq ft. The other is willing to sell his house for the same amount but claims a bigger area of 1,200 sq ft.

  • Des, Pardes: NRIs Can Have Best of Both Worlds
  • on 1/17/2005
  • NRIs are descending on Mumbai (last year we got the World Social Forum) for the third Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, full of ideas, hope and criticism. As an NRI (a former NRI now), who moved back to India nearly three years ago, I have seen both the possibilities and the limitations of what we can do. NRIs often have a passion for doing something for India, but are at a loss to figure out what. Many want to solve the Indo-Pak situation, end corruption etc... All wonderful thoughts but a bit impractical. Here are four concrete ways for NRIs to make a difference:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • on 12/6/2004
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Visa and Immigration

  • Immigration office Tokyo
  • on 7/13/2006
  • On July 2, 1990, the Ministry of Justice opened the "Immigration Information Center" in the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau. The Center provides consulting and information services on immigration procedures.If you need assistance on immigration matters, visit or call the new "Immigration Information Center"

  • VISA and Entering Japan FAQ
  • on 7/13/2006
  • Why Are Visas Necessary?
    In principle, foreigners wishing to enter Japan (with the exception of shipping and airline crews) are required to apply at an overseas Japanese diplomatic establishment (embassy or consulate) for a visa to be stamped in or attached to their passport valid for travel to Japan.

  • Requirements for Applying new born baby's passport
  • on 1/31/2006
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  • Necessary documents for bringing Temporary visitor
  • on 1/31/2006
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  • Embassy of India, Japan
  • on 2/14/2005
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  • How do I Get a Work Visa?
  • on 2/1/2005
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  • An intro to Japanese visas
  • on 12/14/2004
  • Below is a basic introduction of the Japanese immigration system. Please contact your closest Japanese embassy or consulate to make sure that you have all the required documents before traveling to Japan.



  • The truth about earning in dollars!
  • on 4/15/2005
  • There are two ways to look at a foreign salary -- the Catholic and the Protestant.

    The first is characterised by a missionary zeal to convert using the rupees-multiplied-by-43.8-times formula ingrained in every self-respecting Indian head.

  • Credit cards come with some caveats
  • on 3/15/2005
  • Although it is certainly not impossible to receive a credit card as a foreigner living in Japan, chances are that unless you're working for a major Japanese company that is prepared to provide you with a family card, you're probably going to be rejected far more often than you might be at home.

  • Sending Money Overseas
  • on 2/7/2005
  • It is possible to transfer money overseas from banks and post offices. To use such services you will need to present some form of personal identification, such as a copy of the original text of


  • Of Human Bonding
  • on 1/20/2005
  • It was a perfect mass movement to restore the lost boy to his grieving and anxious mother



  • International schools in Japan
  • on 3/4/2011
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  • Education in Japan
  • on 2/7/2005
  • Japan operates a 6-3-3-4 system of education. This means six years of elementary school from the age of six, three years of junior high school from the age of 12, three years of senior high school from the age of 15, and four years of university from the age of 18. Compulsory education consists of the six years at elementary school and three years at junior high school for a total of nine years. Many children also attend kindergarten or nursery school before entering elementary school. For all of these institutions, the new school year starts from April.