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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.


  • 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


  • Watching television could make your child a bully!
  • on 4/11/2005
  • A study at the University of Washington, USA, found the following:

    i. Four-year-old children who receive emotional support and cognitive stimulation from their parents are significantly less likely to become bullies at school.

    ii. But the more television four-year-olds watch, the more likely they are to bully later.

  • Five steps to a better, healthier you!
  • on 2/3/2005
  • 1. Replace all your aerated drinks during the day to black or green tea.

    Both these teas are high in health-boosting phytochemicals, known as polyphenols, that may help prevent heart disease and certain forms of cancer.

    Let us also not forget the fat-burning benefits of the green tea extract, epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC).

  • What if I Get Sick in Japan?
  • on 2/1/2005
  • Getting ill in a foreign country is nothing to take lightly -- and medical expenses in Japan can be quite costly as well. If you live in Japan you can choose to enroll in Japan's National Health Insurance. Under this plan you pay a monthly premium, as well as a 30% deductible of your medical/dental bills immediately on treatment; the government pays the other 70%.

  • Health Calculator
  • on 1/25/2005
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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:


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