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    Once you have spent several years living in Japan and that you start to feel that you could well spend a substantial part of your remaining days in the country, the prospect of applying for permanent residence might become more and more appealing. Because I am at that point of my life right now, I ...
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    While it can sometimes feel like an easy way towards a visa, the “Spouse of Japanese National” visa is one of the most complicated procedure I had to do in Japan. Luckily, if you have all the information in hand beforehand, you should only have to do one trip to your immigration bureau. I got ...
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    I often receive emails from people seeking information about practicing at the Hombu Dojo. Unfortunately, I don’t always have as much time as I would like in order to answer each of them properly so I thought I would try to address these issues formally in an article. For many practitioners of Aikido it is ...
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    If you are going to spend a significant length of time in Japan, I am sure that you will consider the option of renting a flat of your own. Although it is, to most people, a sign of ultimate achievement in terms of settling in Japan, it is also the hardest of all procedures that ...
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    In a previous article, I covered the main requirements for obtaining a working holiday visa in Japan. I would now like to go through the job hunting process which should logically follow. Like in every country, finding a job in Japan can be difficult, particularly at the moment, in a time of economic moroseness. But ...
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    I got a lot of demands for an English translation to this one. It took some time but here it is, the translation of my original article. While I was preparing my application for a working holiday visa, I obviously had to read through a great deal of web pages, blogs and forums only to ...