Cinco de Mayo Festival and Mexican Restaurants of Tokyo

Cinco de Mayo, while originally a commemoration of an unlikely victory for the Mexican Army against the then powerful French in 1862, has in the US become something of a large celebration for all things Mexico. As these things tend to go, Japan has taken the American interpretation of the holiday, and this year will see the http://japaninfoswap.com/cinco-de-mayo-mexican-restaurants-tokyo/  

Learning Japanese in Tokyo

One of the biggest challenges of integrating with Japanese society is the language barrier. The obvious recourse to this is to get practicing, but working in a predominantly English-speaking environment, that’s easier said than done. As such, Japanese lessons are highly advisable for getting the full value of your time in Japan.There are various. http://japaninfoswap.com/learning-japanese-in-tokyo/

H&R Group (Relo Japan) Acquires Orientations, Inc. Group

On July 8th 2016 the H&R Group acquired the Orientations Inc. Group. Founded in 1981 by Beverly Mayhew and headquartered in Pittsburgh, USA. The Orientations Inc. Group is a destination services provider to corporate clients in the Asia Pacific Region, where it has operations in 16 countries. https://relojapan.com/orientations-acquisition/

JapanDriversLicense.com

Convert your foreign drivers license to a Japanese drivers license. Browse free tools and information! H&R Group clients recieve complete support converting their foreign drivers license to a Japanese drivers license (required by law if you are in Japan longer than 12 months and choose to drive). http://ow.ly/EQedP

Relocation services for companies or individuals in Tokyo

Relocation services for companies or individuals in Tokyo or throughout Japan. Relo Japan helps businesses relocate employees to Japan. Our team prides itself on providing the personalized support that makes any assignment to Japan a smooth and memorable experience. http://ow.ly/HZMDq

English language bookshops in Tokyo

With the advent of e-readers and smartphones, getting your hands on English language literature in Japan isnt the challenge it once was. However, whether the book you are looking for isnt available online, or you just like the feel and smell of turning pages, sometimes you just have to hold the book in your hands. http://wp.me/p2TzaP-6KS

The New iPhone Plans in Japan: Change is good

With their multilingual support, app selection, and usability, most foreigners in Japan have iPhones and pay a hefty sum every month to use them. At the end of this last summer, there was more than a bit of consternation caused by Softbanks retirement of their long popular White Plan. Other carriers followed suit ... http://wp.me/p2TzaP-6M2

Increasing Food Security in Japan

Increasing Food Security in Japan Through Social Innovation - http://ow.ly/Cjydp

Six Essential Apps for Living in Tokyo

Tuned in #Tokyo: Six Essential Apps for the Tokyoite - Living in Tokyo has never been easier! http://ow.ly/BmDl8 ^RP

Lease Japan offers an extensive selection of new and used cars for sale and lease.

Lease Japan offers an extensive selection of new and used cars for sale and lease, and car insurance assistance.  We also offer a wide selection of home furnishings and appliances for  rent..  With Lease Japan you can have your car, and home furnishings for exactly the amount of time you need them, and for less upfront cash than purchasing.  http://ow.ly/AXQr7 ^RP

Who is The H&R Group?

Who is The H&R Group?  Why do we say "more than #relocation?"  Because we are also your first friends in #Japan! http://ow.ly/gdqXL

First Dedicated Destination Service Provider Catering to International Assignees Opens in Yangon, Myanmar

Japan-based Relo Japan K.K. President Steve Burson teams up with Myanmar-born, Singapore-based relocation expert Christina Zar of Malikha Pte, Ltd to provide expert relocation services to overseas business professionals in Myanmar for short to extended stay. http://ow.ly/yGxS1  

Car and Furniture Sales and Leasing Throughout Japan

Lease Japan is the smart choice for leasing and sales of new and used cars, furniture, and household appliances in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and throughout Japan. We also offer comprehensive service and emergency support packages. http://ow.ly/kp4qK ^RP

Golfing in and around Tokyo

Golfing in and around Tokyo wp.me/p2TzaP-6BG

Relo Japan's Guide to Buying Gasoline in Japan

Relo Japan's Guide to Buying Gasoline in Japan wp.me/p2TzaP-FF

Top Craft Beer Pubs in Tokyo

Feeling Crafty – The Top Craft Beer Pubs in Tokyo

See Lease Japan's Furniture Catalog

See Lease Japan's Furniture Catalog; the easy and stress free way to furnish your home tastefully and quickly without heavy up-front costs. http://ow.ly/we1Qx ^RP

Pollen Allergies in Japan

Dealing with Pollen Allergies in Japan

English Speaking Doctors in Tokyo

English Speaking Doctors in Tokyo - There are more English speaking doctors in private practice, clinics and large hospitals in Japan than you might think, but health care systems vary among countries, so even though your doctor speaks English it is a good idea to visit the clinic or hospital in your area prior to having an illness. This will give you a chance to check out the medical facilities in advance, get familiar with the registration process, and meet your doctor before the flu turns you into, well, a much less pleasant and patient person. http://ow.ly/uM4qs  ^RP

Looking for an apartment in Tokyo?

Looking for an apartment in Tokyo? Japan Home Search has you covered with English service and great locations! http://ow.ly/s5gSZ

Winter Day Trip from Tokyo - A Winter Wonderland by Rail

The Akita Nairiku Line: Winter wonderland by rail | Something to do this winter! - ow.ly/sOTwS ^RP

Cooking in Tokyo? Find Japanese Recipes in English!

Japanese Recipes in English - Cookpad features the best recipes from the largest cooking community in Japan.   ow.ly/sOSZO

Who is The H&R Group? Tokyo - Nagoya - Osaka / Kobe

Who is The H&R Group? At The H&R Group, we are professionals at helping people. The H&R Group offers personalized and cost-effective relocation and lifestyle services throughout Japan. http://ow.ly/srGdc  ^RP

Need short term housing near Tokyo? See our Serviced Apartments!

Japan Residence offers serviced apartments in Yokohama with no complicated contracts, and no need to arrange furniture or set up utilities. All units include all the comforts of home with the services of a hotel. All you need is your suitcase!  See our selection of affordable furnished serviced apartments near Tokyo. http://ow.ly/mC9Hq

Need short term housing in Yokohama? See our Serviced Apartments!

Japan Residence offers serviced apartments in Yokohama with no complicated contracts, and no need to arrange furniture or set up utilities. All units include all the comforts of home with the services of a hotel. All you need is your suitcase!  See our selection of affordable furnished serviced apartments near Tokyo. http://ow.ly/mC9Hq

Car insurance in Tokyo and throughout Japan

Lease Japan offers great customer service, in English, focused on saving you money on auto insurance in Japan. http://ow.ly/qloJJ

Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum

See the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum near Tokyo bit.ly/1eCLIwE

Get "Destination Hiroshima" our Free eBook

Get “Destination Hiroshima” our free eBook about Expat Life in Hiroshima, Japan.  (in PDF or iBook) Brought to you by the H&R Group!  http://ow.ly/nYVrr

H&R Group Newsletter for Tokyo July 2013 - Click to Read!

The H&R Group Newsletter for Tokyo, July 2013 edition is out! Articles this month include

Bon Odori Dancing Festivals in Tokyo
Six Things You Should Know About Tokyo
Changes to Reporting of Overseas Assets to Japanese Tax Office
International Mothers Community in Yokohama (IMCY)
Typhoon Preparedness in Japan
MoneyTree - English IOS App for Banking in Japan
Transferring Money Home From Japan


Click here to read the full text of the articles- http://eepurl.com/CfwO9

 

Kei Cars: Japan's Tiny (But Often High-Tech) Minicars

Kei Cars: Japan's Tiny (But Often High-Tech) Minicars http://ow.ly/lREgC

You don't need us to tell you that the Japanese car market is about as far-removed from the U.S. market as it's possible to get. Where big trucks still dominate in North America, vehicles that almost fit in the average truck's pickup bed make up almost half of all Japanese car sales.

Get Relo Japan's FREE eBook "Destination Nagoya."

Get Relo Japan's "Destination Nagoya." An insider's guide to living in Nagoya. Available in PDF, or iBook format for iPad http://ow.ly/k8Poh 

The X-Pat Files Newsletter for April - Free WiFi in Japan!

The X-Pat Files Newsletter is provided to the expat communities of Tokyo by the H&R Group. April- Free WiFi in Japan http://ow.ly/k8BYD

Pictures of the 2013 Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo, Japan

Pictures of the 2013 Cherry Blossom Season in Japan http://ow.ly/jSwDN 

Burglary in Japan: Secure your Home

Burglary in Japan: Secure your Home.  A recent burglary in Nagoya prompts us to remind our clients and friends that crime happens; even in Japan!  Here is how you can protect yourself.  wp.me/p2Cp2y-7J 

Areyou driving illegally in Japan? Rules regarding International Driver's Permits

Driving illegally in Japan? Help spread the word about driving on an International Driver's Permit and keep friends out of jail!... http://t.co/1w9NH3Lq

Meet Other Expat Families in Nagoya

Nagoya's Meito Meet and Greet is a relaxed meet up where expat families can meet other English speaking families. http://eepurl.com/qqf0H

Report from the Nagoya Auto Trend Show 2013

http://www.axiommagazine.jp/2013/03/03/nagoya-auto-trend-show-2013/

Car insurance in Japan

Steve Burson, of Relo Japan, answers some questions about car insurance in Japan http://ow.ly/i9XSM

Unlicensed drivers face heavier penalty in Japan

Driving on an expired international permit? This is you! - Unlicensed drivers face heavier penalty http://ow.ly/goDnK

Japanese New Years' Traditions - How many did you enjoy?

Japanese New Years' Traditions - How many did you enjoy this time? http://ow.ly/gx23g  

Moving to Japan as a single foreign girl

Moving to Japan as a single foreign girl is quite safe, but there are some things you should be aware of. ow.ly/hht7N  

Relocating to Japan? 5 Things You Need to Know!

Listen to our webinar on 5 Things You Need to Know about relocating to Japan http://ow.ly/i0MQZ

We are part of the H&R Group of companies; who is that?

Who is the H&R Group? Why do we say we are "More Than Relocation?" Because we are! http://ow.ly/gdqXL  

 

Google Maps iPhone application released!

Google Maps iPhone application has been released and is available for free in the app store! http://ow.ly/g3O4I  

 

Relo Japan honored in 2012 EMMAs; "Highly Commended"

The H&R Group congratulates Relo Japan for being honored by the 2012 Asia-Pacific EMMAs as "Highly Commended" in the "Destination Services Provider of the Year" category. Relo Japan specializes in helping company and people relocate to Japan. http://ow.ly/i/1eldN

Tokyo H&R Staff Win Awards from Mori Building

Photos of H&R Group'sFujiwara-san and Watanabe-san receiving an award from Mori Building in Tokyo! Great job guys! fb.me/1NCl76SUq

Are you Driving Illegally in Japan? Are you sure?

Help us spread the word about the rules for driving legally in Japan on an International Driver's Permit, and keep yourself and your friends out of jail! Read More

New Residency Management System for Japan - Immigration

Japan Info Swap » New Residency Management System for Japan - Immigration http://ow.ly/fow9g

Look up Train Routes in English in Tokyo and throughout Japan!

Whether new to Japan or not, the train system can be daunting. Especially in the big cities like Tokyo there are a stunning variety of lines that must be sorted through. If you are not on the ball you could end up utterly lost in the metropolis, sitting on a bench for hours!  This article gives you two options for finding your way inside Tokyo, or anywhere in Japan, on the train. http://ow.ly/fDmU0

Downloading Illegally in Japan? Use a torrent; go to JAIL!?

Japan has started targeting illegal download piracy with much stricter penalties you should be aware of. Where before pirating media or software was illegal the penalties were civil; you could be sued. From this year...
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See the H&R Group's FREE eBooks on life in Japan

See the H&R Group's FREE eBooks on life in Japan!  We hope this free eBook will help you get the most out of your time in Japan, and that you will enjoy reading it!  http://ow.ly/fDnHF

Read about Fall Colors, Thanksgiving in Japan, and MORE!

The H&R Group Tokyo Newsletter is out! Stories on fall colors, all you can eat BK, Thanksgiving in Japan, and more! http://ow.ly/fkRpT

Want a free iPad 2? Rent your Tokyo apartment from Japan Home Search!

The iTomo is a brand new iPad 2 that contains all the information and tools you need to navigate your life in Tokyo! This Tokyo based Japan survival kit will help you get around, communicate, and even eat well in the most exciting city on earth; Tokyo!

To claim your iTomo all you have to do is rent one of these 273 available properties from us at JPY 500,000 or more per month within the 23 wards of Tokyo! It's that easy!

See properties from Japan Home Search that qualify for a free iPad "iTomo!" Tokyo Survival Kit http://ow.ly/f5j4T

 

 

Read Nagoya's X-Pat Files Newsletter for Nov. 2012

The X-Pat Files Newsletter for Nov. 2012 is Out - Orange picking, Fall color viewing, and Japanese Schools in Nagoya, - http://ow.ly/f11RF

Your Guide to Leasing a Car in Japan

Lease Japan puts you in the driver's seat with a large selection of new and used cars for lease or sale. English sales and service in Japan! See our Guide to car Leasing a car in Tokyo by clicking here - http://ow.ly/f137K

Looking for African food in Japan?

Looking for African food in Japan?  The site is in JP, but you can get lots of ingredients and products here! http://ow.ly/d74ID

Want a free iPad 2?!

Rent an apartment in Tokyo through Japan Home Search and get a free iPad 2 "iTomo" Tokyo survival kit! Click to find out how! http://ow.ly/d74aW

See rental properties in Tokyo, Japan!

See rental properties in Tokyo, Japan! We have properties from 100,000 yen and above; the best apartments in Tokyo! ow.ly/dfpcI

Japan Residence Announces our new Yokohama Serviced Apartments!

Japan Residence and Jarman International announce our new Yokohama serviced apartments! 
We offer great locations, prices, and stylish apartments near Tokyo! Take a video tour by clicking here http://ow.ly/dkRHM

Apartment for Rent in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Pets OK!

Apartment for Rent in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Pets OK! - La Tour Shinjuku - By Japan Home Search http://ow.ly/bASlL La Tour Shinjuku (Shinjuku Ku, Tokyo, 829/77, 365,000) Washer & Dryer, Pets Negotiable, Air-conditioned, Gym, Dishwasher, Oven, Elevator, Washlet, Heated Flooring.

Japan ranks #1 among the Worldfs Kid-Friendly Nations!

Japan is number 1 among the World’s Top 10 Kid-Friendly Nations! I live here, I can vouch! ow.ly/cvHov

10 days in Tokyo with an Infant - A family's experiences

A family's experience bringing an infant to visit Japan.  Find out what they did!  http://ow.ly/cbySa

Relocation Management and Destination Services Company of the Year? Maybe!

Relo Japan has been been nominated for Relocation Management and Destination Services Company of the Year!  http://ow.ly/ctZqg

The Toyota Prius is our most popular car!

The Toyota Prius is our most popular car! Lease prices from JPY 76,000 - month including insurance and maintenance ow.ly/crUoW

Coming to Japan

When coming to Japan pack light. You will be walking more than you expect, and it is too crowded for big suitcases. http://ow.ly/c9HVM

Car for lease - 2009 Land Rover Freelander 2SE

This 2009 Land Rover Freelander 2SE is available for lease or purchase now!  Silver 4WD with extras!  Lease Japan is offerring this from its Tokyo office, but we can arrange delivery throughout Japan. http://ow.ly/c83ls

2012 Mt Fuji Charity Climb Photos

Climbing Mt Fuji for charity!  See pictures from this year's annual event.  http://ow.ly/c6i97

2012 Mt Fuji Charity Climb - The Video!

2012 Mt. Fuji Charity Climb video.  We had fun, thank you to everyone who came! http://ow.ly/c69Dr

Want free admission to Tokyo Tower this weekend?

From July 5th to July 7th, wearing a YUKATA you'll get free admission to the observation deck of Tokyo Tower!

Light, effcient cars dominate the market in Japan

light cars, called "K cars" in Japan, which have engines less than 660 cubic centimeters are EXTREMELY popular.   http://ow.ly/bNx3v

Introducing Steve Burson from the H&R Group

Steve Burson from the H&R Group: Relocation Specialists in Japan - Article in Japan Today's "Executive Impact" section http://ow.ly/bDV02

Typhoon Guchol is Approaching Nagoya...see details

Alert Regarding Typhoon #15 / Guchol From the H&R Group Nagoya - http://t.co/G3x26RHT

If you need a car in Japan you have several options.

Some things you need to know.  If you need a car in Japan you have several options.  Rent, lease, or buy... http://ow.ly/bDUmJ

Walking Guides Around Nagoya

Walking Guides Around Nagoya - Great article!  http://ow.ly/bzrvv

Signup for the X-Pat Files Newsletter.

Signup for the X-Pat Files Newsletter.  News, events, and Information about living in Japan.  http://ow.ly/bznlQ

License Plates for Bikes in Tokyo Proposed

Bicycles in Tokyo may be required to display individual number plates like cars - Government proposal ow.ly/bujF7

Are you driving on an International License in Japan?

Are you sure you are doing so legally? What you need to know! http://ow.ly/bo8MM

The X-Pat Files Newsletter - June 2012 Edition

The X-Pat Files Newsletter - June 2012 Edition - Residency Law Changes, Tanabata, and Inter Drivers Licenses - http://eepurl.com/mjGHf

Climb Mount Fuji for Charity!

The H&R Group is teaming up with HOPE International Development Agency Japan (HOPE-JP) again this year to organize the climb of your life!  http://ht.ly/bgq4y

Relocating to Japan in 2012? Five things you need to know!

Relocating to Japan in 2012? Five things you need to know! Free Webinar on June 5th - eepurl.com/mjU2n

Are you driving on an International License in Japan? You need to know...

An International License can be used for only 12 months after first entry into Japan... see attached PDF for more info.  http://ow.ly/d/DAw

As an expat in Japan, what would make your life better?

Our Friends at Japan Tourist asked us to pass this survey along.  If you have a minute, it is really short!  =) http://ht.ly/b7kSt

Washing Clothes in Cold Water - Welcome to Japan!

Washing Clothes in Cold Water - Welcome to Japan!  A How-To-Guide for the less laundry proficient! http://ht.ly/b5MsI

Converting a Foreign License in Japan

Japan Info Swap Blog - Converting a Foreign License in Japan http://ht.ly/b3ZTA

Exploring Japan over the Rainy Season

Exploring Japan over the Rainy Season http://ht.ly/aXY95

Norikura Skyline - Enjoy a drive among the clouds

Norikura Skyline - Enjoy a drive among the clouds on the highest road in all of Japan! http://ht.ly/aLlSx

Amazing photo of tornado damage near Tokyo.

Amazing photo of tornado damage near Tokyo. One boy was killed in the storm. ht.ly/aJMeh

Next week is Golden Week in Japan. This is a favorite holiday here!

Golden Week is upon us once again Folks! Golden week is comprised of four separate holidays that fall within about a week of each other, giving lucky people who get all days off, plus a bonus day in the middle, ten days off. This is the longest holiday of the Japanese working year, and is very popular as a result of it! Golden Week consists of Shōwa Day on April 29, Constitution Memorial Day on May 3, Greenery Day on May 4, and Children’s Day on May 5.  See the full article by clicking here.

Last nuke reactor operating in Japan prepares to go offline

Last nuke reactor operating in Japan prepares to go offline May 5 for inspection: Hokkaido Electric - http://ht.ly/awv9y

See this panoramic photo of Shinjyuku Gyoen Gardens, Tokyo

360° panoramic photo of Shinjyuku Gyoen Garden in Tokyo http://ow.ly/auWXC

Guide to buying a car in Japan

See Lease Japan's guide to buying a car in Japan! http://ow.ly/aoUFB

Tesla Motors has finally made it to Japan!

The vehicle's catch phrase is “Evolve”, and Tesla's Roadsters deliver on that promise.  Tesla Motors makes the ultimate in Electric Vehicles (EV’s). Their new Roadster and Roadster Sport break the mold created by more conventional EV’s on the market with a sporty look you’d more likely expect from a Ferrari or Porsche than an EV. More

Ear Cleaning in Japan: Pretty Different!

Ear Cleaning in Japan: The Horrible Truth of Mimikaki and Mimisouji - Full Article

The suicide forest of Japan

The suicide forest of Japan - This is a real place where people go to, well... interesting article, but beware the graphic images of victims.  http://ow.ly/aaRi7

Uncertain future for Japan's "cat cafes."

Uncertain future for Japan's cat cafes - Some bad businesses ruin it for everyone. http://t.co/9hEO5r4c

Information about cars and driving in Japan

Cars in Japan - Information about cars and driving in Japan brought to you by Lease Japan ow.ly/aiwJA

Survey - What is the BEST part about living in Japan?

Survey - What is the BEST part about living in Japan?  Let us know what you think; just for fun! http://ow.ly/9CqeK

The March edition of the The X-Pat Files Newsletter is out

The March edition of the The X-Pat Files Newsletter is out - White day, Immigration, and Yose Nabe - ow.ly/9rNGk

Frozen Pipes in Japan - Prevention and Thawing

Frozen Pipes in Japan - Prevention and Thawing http://ow.ly/9kxVi

3.11 Annizersary Event Invitaion

Hear Charles E. McJilton of 2nd Harvest JP explain his organization’s work and experiences providing aid to Tohoku.  PDF http://ow.ly/9g7Ue

The February Nagoya! Newsletter is out!

The February Nagoya! Newsletter is out!  - http://eepurl.com/jeL2H

The Art of Japanese Manhole Covers

The Art of Japanese Manhole Covers artbeat.ly/xUKVyy

Natto: The Slimy, Sticky, Smelly, Bad Tasting Food That Japan Loves

Natto: The Slimy, Sticky, Smelly, Bad Tasting Food That Japan Loves - What do you think about Natto? http://ow.ly/91Uan

The X-Pat Files Newsletter

The X-Pat Files Newsletter -Events and Information about Nagoya and Japan - http://eepurl.com/iQSEP

Japanese Students' Retreat from English

A recent survey of third-year middle school students in Japan found most have an ambivalent and contradictory attitude toward English... http://ow.ly/8TjiV

Japan Home Search

Japan Home Search "As Seen On TV!" Our new TV commercial! What do you think? http://ow.ly/8iT6x

 

Tokyo Pregnancy Group: -Preparation for Childbirth couples yoga workshop.

Tokyo Pregnancy Group: February 26, 2012 -Preparation for Childbirth couples yoga workshop http://ow.ly/8CrPZ

Camera placed on sushi conveyor belt in Japan captures customers as it goes around.

Camera placed on sushi conveyor belt in Japan captures customers as it goes around. Kind of hypnotic! ow.ly/8xgu0

Nagoya! Newsletter for January 2012. Next event is this Sunday, 1/22

Nagoya! Newsletter for January 2012.  Next event is this Sunday, 1/22 - http://ow.ly/8vXdX

Giving Birth in Japan: My Experience Part 2, The Clinic Stay.

Giving Birth in Japan: My Experience - Part 2, The Clinic Stay. ow.ly/8uxCz

30 things to do this weekend in Tokyo

30 things to do this weekend in Tokyo! http://ow.ly/8rUeY

Giving Birth in Japan: My Experience - Part 1, Childbirth

Giving Birth in Japan: My Experience - Part 1, Childbirth ow.ly/8nNz3

Lease Japan "As Seen On TV!" Our new TV commercial! What do you think? http://ow.ly/8iSWh

Lease Japan "As Seen On TV!"  See the new  LJ TV commercial! Tell us what you think!  http://ow.ly/8iSWh

How to spend New Yearfs Eve in Tokyo!

How to spend New Year’s Eve in Tokyo http://ow.ly/8a4w4

How to spend your New Year in Nagoya 2012

How to spend your New Year in Nagoya 2012 http://ow.ly/8a4K6

Winter Edition of Outdoor Japan is here!

Winter Edition of Outdoor Japan is here! Read it free online! http://ow.ly/8a4aJ

30 things to do this weekend in Tokyo!

30 things to do this weekend in Tokyo! - http://ow.ly/83w14

American Actor in Tokyo nabbed for illegal u-turn and expired international License.

American Actor in Tokyo nabbed for illegal u-turn and expired international License.  IDL can be used 1 year in #Japan. http://ow.ly/7Xwgu

25 things to do this weekend in TOKYO!

25 things to do this weekend in TOKYO!  http://ow.ly/7TLDT

Christmas Tree Wishes in Fukushima Prefecture

Christmas tree wishes in Fukushima prefecture - Note what the kids ask for. Sad, really.  ow.ly/7PRSY

Home Survival Kits by Lease Japan - Preparation keeps families safe!

It is well know that Japan is an earthquake country. There is nothing we can do to fix that or prevent that, but what we can do is be prepared. Protecting your family is your number one priority during a disaster, and the best way to do that is to prepare in advance!   These home survival kits are designed to help sustain you and your family during a crisis. Select the package that best suits your family’s needs! http://ow.ly/7PXmD

Japanese Cycling Laws

You may have heard about new bicycle laws in Japan. Japanese Cycling Laws are more like guidelines! http://ow.ly/7KKCI

More CEOs are finding Japan a place for revenue growth!

Japan is a place for revenue growth, according to a recent NYSE report on CEO opinion. http://ow.ly/7GH7c

Make Nigiri Sushi Quickly in an Ice Cube Tray!

Make Nigiri Sushi Quickly in an Ice Cube Tray - Admitedly, non-traditional! http://ow.ly/7so0K

Japanfs Emperor hospitalized

Japan’s Emperor hospitalized with signs of bronchitis http://ow.ly/7kOOR

Can you get a Credit Card in Japan?

Can you get a Credit Card in Japan? Yes, You Can! ow.ly/7mdVX

The November X-Pat Files is out!

The November X-Pat Files is out!  Great information on Nagoya and Japan in general !  Enjoy! http://ow.ly/7dTT9

Mondo Books Reviews!

Mondo Books reviews Learning to Bow: A Year Inside the Heart of Japan by Bruce Feiler http://ow.ly/7apO1

From next Oct, NHK to drop licensing fee by 120 yen.

From next Oct, NHK to drop licensing fee by 120 yen a JP link - ow.ly/77XV7

Chocolate is rapidly becoming Japan's favourite flavour

Chocolate is rapidly becoming Japan"'"s favourite flavour - no more match? ow.ly/76xBL

Iwate brewery set to ship sake for first time since tsunami with help of rival

Iwate brewery set to ship sake for first time since tsunami with help of rival http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/national/news/20111014p2a00m0na005000c.html

 

 

No, Seriously: Japanese Company Invents Poop-Powered Motorcycle

No, Seriously: Japanese Company Invents Poop-Powered Motorcycle http://ow.ly/6QeAY

Article by first white geisha in Japan on Kimono

Only 8 percent of Japanese women know how to tie an obi on a kimono, though most own one or more!  http://ow.ly/6P0mT

How to Prepare Sushi Rolls at home!

How to Prepare Sushi Rolls at home!  http://ow.ly/6NR0y

Wasabi Smoke Alarm? Really?

Japanese developer of wasabi smoke alarm to receive Ig Noble prize! http://ow.ly/6JdFK

The Autumn issue of Oudoor Japan TRAVELER - Sneak Peak

The Autumn issue of Oudoor Japan TRAVELER hits the streets later this week, but here is a sneak peak! http://ow.ly/6FNIc

Top 10 Things to Do in Japan

Top 10 Things to Do in Japan!  Article from National Geographic: http://ow.ly/6EEjp  How many have you done?

Nishi-Honganji is the finest example of Momoyama-era architecture in Kyoto.

 Near from Kyoto station, Nishi-Honganji is the finest example of Momoyama-era architecture in Kyoto. http://ow.ly/6EvJ3

Typoon Roke looks like it is going to pound Nagoya.

Typoon Roke looks like it is going to pound Nagoya. The rain is pretty bad now; in case you missed it. Prepare! http://ow.ly/6z6fJ

Get your season pass to Ski Hakuba, Japan by October 31 and save money!

Get your season ski pass for Hakuba, Japan by October 31 and save! 60,000 yen >>> 48,000 yen! http://ow.ly/6uVnX

Kanazawa Castle Park - History and Illumination Schedule

Kanazawa Castle Park - History and Illumination Schedule - Excellent Castle and Garden! http://ow.ly/6sIta 

Just for fun; Tibet, Xinjiang vital to keep China chicken-shaped

 Just for fun; Tibet, Xinjiang vital to keep China chicken-shaped: WikiLeaks http://ow.ly/6pvoL

25 things to do in Tokyo this weekend.

25 things to do in Tokyo this weekend. http://ow.ly/6pvS0 Go have some fun!

Fine Dining and Wine in Tokyo for Charity!

16th Annual Connoisseurs’ Evening - Fine Dining and Wine in Tokyo for Charity http://ow.ly/6ozyH

Renting an Apartment in Japan; a basic primer

Renting an Apartment in Japan; a primer- http://ow.ly/6lnan

Update on Typhoon Talas - Coming at Japan

Update on Typhoon Talas - It is coming to Japan soon!  http://ow.ly/6ipww

FREE eBooks on life in Japan!

See the H&R Group's FREE eBooks on life in Japan http://ow.ly/67dJh

Car Auction Yard Tour in Nagoya this September.

Car Auction Yard Tour in Nagoya this September. Interested in seeing how car auctions work? Join us! http://ow.ly/6hl66

Japan's new PM is Yoshihiko Noda.

 Japan's new PM is Yoshihiko Noda, beating Kaieda in runoff 215 to 177.

Making Gyudon at home!

Making Gyudon at home! http://ow.ly/6dlJb

Learn how to make Okonomiyaki in Toyota City

Learn how to make Okonomiyaki in Toyota City 9-29 http://ow.ly/6dlAk  

Disaster Prevention Week in Japan

Disaster Prevention Week / Disaster Preparation http://ow.ly/6dmhZ

Japanese Drinking Games. The Osama Game

Japanese Drinking Games. The Osama Game - http://ow.ly/6a872

Mount Gozaisho - Nagoya Day Trip
Free eBooks about Living in Japan!

See the H&R Group's FREE eBooks on life in Japan http://ow.ly/5STR3

New technology could provide big boost to end Fukushima N-plant crisis

New technology could provide big boost to end Fukushima N-plant crisis
 http://ow.ly/679Lo

Changes to child benefit laws in Japan

Changes to child benefit laws in Japan - Child allowance to continue into 2012. Free money! http://ow.ly/66aba

Hidden cameras take amazing pictures of animals roaming Earth's remote jungles...

Hidden cameras take amazing pictures of animals roaming Earth's remote jungles http://ow.ly/669jl

Yokohama fireworks tonight!

Yokohama fireworks tonight! Our new Minato Mirai walking tour map takes you from the east exit: RT : http://ow.ly/658H6

SMAP AID: In aid of what? - Interesting convroversy - what percent donation is enough?

SMAP AID: In aid of what? - ISMAP AID: In aid of what? - Interesting convroversy - what percent donation is enough? http://ow.ly/6591N

Come clean for the kids - Tohoku and the Disaster in Japan.

Come clean for the kids - Tohoku and the Disaster in Japan http://ow.ly/65cpL

Browse Lease furniture in Japan from Lease Japan!

Browse Lease furniture available in Japan from Lease Japan! http://bit.ly/inYKkM

C is for Culture shock.

ABC of an expat woman’s life: C is for Culture shock http://ht.ly/60oXw

Find something NEW. Find something FUN. Find something HAPPY to share.

Find something NEW. Find something FUN. Find something HAPPY to share. Off the Mat Party 2011 http://ow.ly/60uz1

Repatriating? How to manage overwhelm during the expat transfer season.

 Repatriating? How to manage overwhelm during the expat transfer season.. http://ow.ly/61kK9

Kiso Three Rivers Park in Ichinomiya City near Nagoya

Kiso Three Rivers Park in Ichinomiya City near nagoya http://ht.ly/5ZsGI

Lease Japan's guide to leasing a car in Japan.

Lease Japan's guide to leasing a car in Japan.  We have a great selection of new and used cars! http://ht.ly/5ZtYE

Hitsumabushi in Tokyo (BBQ Eel!)

Got a feel for the eel? We've been on a Tokyo unagi hunt...  http://ht.ly/5Xuzv 

How Japanese reporters get their scoops

In light of the UK phone tapping scandal, no1shimbun looks at how Japanese reporters get their scoops  http://ht.ly/5XpNL

DPJ bends on child allowances; revised program excludes higher income families

DPJ bends on child allowances; revised program excludes higher income families http://ht.ly/5VKTy

Expat Spouse - Challenges of Moving Abroad

Expat Spouse - Challenges of Moving Abroad http://ht.ly/5VKWs

See the fantastic selection of lease cars available through Lease Japan!

See the fantastic selection of lease cars available through Lease Japan! We can get you on the road again! http://ht.ly/5UNEC

6 Top Tips for Surviving Life as an Expat Trailing Spouse

 6 Top Tips for Surviving Life as a Trailing Spouse.  http://ht.ly/5UMHV

Island Beat: Ai Futaki goes deep (Free diving in Japan!)

 Island Beat: Ai Futaki goes deep (Free diving in Japan!)  http://ht.ly/5US3c

20 things to do in Tokyo this weekend!

20 things to do in Tokyo this weekend! http://ht.ly/5UT8S

Expat Women - Helping Expatriate Women Living Overseas

Expat Women - Helping Expatriate Women Living Overseas http://ht.ly/5VI0H

Internet Shopping in Japan - In English! Where to get what you need online.

Internet Shopping in Japan - In English! Where to get what you need online. http://ht.ly/5TRMb

Riding Escalators in Japan

Always stand to one side on escalators to allow fast walkers by.  In Tokyo, stand to the left side of the escalator, in Osaka, the right.

Japan Home Search Recommends Jamacian Restuarant Allawi In Ebisu

Not only does Japan Home Search, part of the H&R Group, find you great houses, but we have found you the very best of Jamacian food in Ebisu; http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1303/A130302/13010778/

Non-fashion Photo: Tiny cute cars driving on the street in Shibuya, Tokyo

Tiny cute cars driving on the street in Shibuya promoting Waku Waku Mail http://ow.ly/5SRSR 

Former Yankee's player Hideki Irabu found dead at 42

Former Yankee's player Hideki Irabu found dead at 42

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See rental apartments and real estate in Nagoya, Japan

See rental apartments and real estate in Nagoya, Japan http://ht.ly/5RPpO

Higashiyama Night Zoo Opens in August!

August (5-7 and 12-14), Higashiyama Zoo will be open until 8:30. Highly recommended for families!. http://ht.ly/5RKfe For two six nights in early August (5-7 and 12-14), Higashiyama Zoo will be open until 8:30, past the usual closing time of around 5pm. Highly recommended for families and anyone else who has ever wondered what a zoo looks like at night.

August 2011 X-Pat Files Newsletter - Events and Information about Nagoya, Japan brought to you by the H&R Group

August 2011 X-Pat Files Newsletter - Events and Information about Nagoya, Japan brought to you by the H&R Group http://ht.ly/5RKsz

Relatively cheap Thai lunch in Ebisu, Tokyo.

Thai to try: relatively cheap Thai lunch in Ebisu. Give it a go http://ht.ly/5Q8ol

Using laptop or electrical devices from overseas in Japan

Your laptop computers or electrical items may need a transformer (Japan is 100volts), and wall socket adapter for Japan. http://ht.ly/5Oezw

Nagoya Foreign Business Community Newsletter - JIS Blog

Nagoya Foreign Business Community Newsletter http://ht.ly/5OiCt

See rental properties in Tokyo, Japan

See rental properties in Tokyo, Japan http://ht.ly/5Nis3

Myths vs Facts: Misconceptions About Americans Living abroad

Myths vs Facts: Misconceptions About Americans Living abroad http://ht.ly/5NiJY

"Want Happiness? Donft Buy More Stuff...

"Want Happiness? Don’t Buy More Stuff — Go on Vacation" Doing brings more happiness than owning. TIME.com http://ow.ly/5MgY8

Rental procedures for properties in Japan

Rental procedures for properties in Japan http://ow.ly/5MhpP

One of the "100 Most Respected Japanese People in the World." Ask Masako Ono:

What does it takes to be one of the "100 Most Respected Japanese People in the World"? Ask Masako Ono:  http://ow.ly/5KBZK

Area guide to Hiroo, Tokyo

Area guide to Hiroo, a cosmopolitan area in the heart of Tokyo's Minato ward. http://ow.ly/5IKfj

Nagoya Current Affairs Discussion Group

 Nagoya Current Affairs Discussion Group - July 24th 2011 http://ow.ly/5IM5G

International Driver's License's may be used for only one year in Japan.

International Driver's License's may be used for only one year in Japan.  Foreign icense conversion info -->  http://ow.ly/5JDAa

Area guide toTokyo's Roppongi.

Area guide toTokyo, Japan's Roppongi.  http://ow.ly/5HHJ3

Is Our Food (in Japan) Really Radiation Safe?

Is Our Food (in Japan) Really Radiation Safe? From Terrie's Take http://ow.ly/5HMPw

Where to Find Safe Food in Japan

Where to Find Safe Food in Japan | Japan | www.japaninc.com http://ow.ly/5HN1v

Moving to Japan? Be prepared for Japanese squat toilets

Moving to Japan?  Be prepared for your first Japanese squat toilet experience ! http://ow.ly/5IGeb

Rental Agreement Renewal Fees in Japan

Top court endorses house rental agreement renewal fees in Japan http://ow.ly/5HIuh

Need a Serviced Apartment in Nagoya?

Great apartments in great locations make Japan Residence the smart choice for your furnished apartment.  Serviced apartments in Nagoya.

For US citizens in Japan, a new emergency message concerning Typhoon Ma-on

For US citizens in Japan, a new emergency message concerning Typhoon Ma-on: http://ow.ly/5HPso

Overseas Credit Cards

Bring a credit card you confirmed can be used overseas when relocating to Japan-for setting up your cell phone, satellite TV, etc.

Relocating to jpan

Bring YEN or US Dollars to last a month when relocating to Japan.  To cover expenses and Murphy's Law. See an estimate of the cost of living in Japan here- http://ow.ly/5Eanu

Relocating an Employee to Japan?

Relocating an employee to Japan?  See Japan Relocation FAQs on Relojapan's homepage.  http://ow.ly/5D5SE

October Fest in Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, Tokyo

October Fest in Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, Tokyo from July 21st, to July 25th Hooray for German BEER!! http://ow.ly/5D5gr

Enjoy the best in Australian cuisine prepared by one of Australiafs top chefs.

Enjoy the best in Australian cuisine in the elegant Hilton Nagoya, prepared by one of Australia’s top chefs. Fri, July 22 http://ow.ly/5D4GW

Nagoya Oktoberfest with the H&R Group!

Nagoya Oktoberfest with the H&R Group! July 23, 18:00 http://ow.ly/5DaLS

See our Squidoo Lens about relocating to Japan!

See our Squidoo Lens about relocating to Japan!  You have questions; we have answers!  We make Japan easy! http://ow.ly/5C7IC

Do not ship food items when relocating to Japan!

Do not ship food items when relocating to Japan. It will delay your shipping being cleared through customs in Japan, and may cost you money!

Our first 2011 report of social events for our clients in Japan.

Our first 2011 report of social events for our clients in Japan. We hope you can join us; you are always welcome! http://ow.ly/5C9mM (PDF)

Nagoya October Fest - in July!

October Fest in July!  In Nagoya near the TV Tower in Sakae!  http://ow.ly/5B5Mb

Remote Area Relocations in Japan

ReloJapan also offers relocation services to remote locations outside Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka http://ow.ly/5B4WK

24 Hour Japan Help Line!!

Our 24-Hour Japan Help Line provides subscribers immediate access to a bilingual consultant, day or night. http://ow.ly/5zrOm

7 Signs That You're Truly An Expat

7 Signs That You're Truly An Expat (one of these does not apply to Japan!) - http://ow.ly/5zx1e

Bring everything you need for a month!

Do not ship anything you will need during the first month of your relocation to Japan; customs delays may prevent delivery.

ReloJapan's 24 Hour Japan Helpline!

ReloJapan’s 24-Hour Help Line is a separate service that provides subscribers with immediate access to a bilingual consultant, any time, day or night.  ReloJapan

How NOT to get a Japanese Driver's License

How NOT to get a Japanese Driver's License: Call Japan Drivers License instead! http://ow.ly/5xwJr

Opening a Japanese Bank Account

ReloJapan can assist with opening your Japanese  bank account www.relojapan.com

Preschools and Kindergartens in Nagoya, Japan

Preschools and Kindergartens in Nagoya Relojapan

Renting an Apartment in Japan

Article on Japan Info Swap about renting an apartment in Japan - informative!  Renting an Apartment in Japan

How hard is finding an apartment in Japan that accepts pets? http://www.relojapan.com/faq.asp

How hard is finding an apartment in Japan that accepts pets? http://www.relojapan.com/faq.asp  for your answer.

What is Home Finding?

Home Finding: prescreening of properties from multiple agents so transferees see only properties that match their needs. http://www.relojapan.com

Today is HOT in Japan!

Current temperature in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka are 29, 30, and 31 respectively.  For Americans, this translates to, well, hot.  About 85 degrees. Remember to conserve energy by keeping your air conditioner at 28!

Popular Expat Areas in Tokyo and Nagoya

Information on popular expat areas in Japan – Tokyo, Nagoya www.relojapan.com

Japanese Language Schools in Nagoya

Japanese Language Schools in Nagoya http://www.relojapan.com

Do you need a visa to rent property in Japan?

Does a transferee need a valid visa to rent property in Japan? http://www.relojapan.com/faq.asp No!

Looks like rain in Japan for the next week!

Weather report for Japan looks like rain for at least a week, possibly 10 days. We hope everyone got some laundry done last week!

Volunteer Opportunity in Tohoku

Get Your Hands Dirty: Earthquake Volunteer Opportunity in Tohoku http://bit.ly/ljFBfL

Look-See program: information on expat life Japan

Look-See program: detailed information on expat life in Tokyo or Nagoya for potential transferee. http://www.relojapan.com/reloservice.asp

Need a Relocation Cost Esitmate for Japan?

Japan ranks amongst the most expensive countries to live in the world. Japan relocation cost survey http://www.relojapan.com/livingcost.asp

Expressway 1000 yen Discount Program will End in J

From Sunday, June 19th the gETC EXPRESSWAY 1,000 YEN DISCOUNTh will be discontinued, and the toll fees will return to normal (more expensive!) starting at 12:00am on Monday, June 20th. Get your travel in while you can!

Japan Mulls Doubling Sales Tax by 2015

The Government wants to raise the sales tax to cover the ever increasing costs of the welfare state, aging population, and Tohoku reconstruction.

Tropical Depression Songda (#2)

Typhoon #2 has largely petered out, and Nagoya is feeling only a little wind now.  Tokyo should feel little effect from what has now become a tropical depression.  Stay dry!

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/wp201104.html