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  1. How to Start a Company in Japanhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10088-how-to-start-a-company-in-japan

    I recently started my own IT consulting business here in Japan, and needless to say it was quite a learning experience. Hoping to relieve others from some of the tedium, I compiled an outline of the process along with some tips for starting your very...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  2. How To Customize Windows Explorer Start Locationhttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/it/10145-how-to-customize-windows-explorer-start-location

    Here's how to customize the start location of Windows Explorer: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/130510/EN-US/ For example, I edited the properties of the shortcut with this target: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e, /select, s:\data This starts Windows...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: IT
    • Language: *
  3. Kingston USB Drive Not Working With MacOS El Capitanhttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/it/10355-kingston-usb-drive-not-working-with-macos-el-capitan

    I upgraded to MacOS El Capitan and to my chagrin my Kingston USB drive no longer works. I get some stupid "Unable to start DTXX application" or "ERR_COULD_NOT_START" error. Luckily, there's a solution--you simply have to upgrade the USB drive firmware...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: IT
    • Language: *
  4. Batocera - How To Pair 8BitDo M30 Controllerhttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/it/10417-batocera-how-to-pair-8bitdo-m30-controller

    Batocera. Below are my notes and tips that got the controller working. 1) Put the controller into pairing mode first, then start Bluetooth discovery on Batocera. Use the Android D-input (Start + B) pairing mode. 2) After pairing it, it will likely go...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: IT
    • Language: *
  5. Contemplating Japanese Language Schoolhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/studying-japanese/10340-contemplating-japanese-language-school

    the language. After graduating from the program, I had basic Japanese under my belt and enough knowledge about Japan to get started in the workforce. Everyone learns differently, but when you are in an environment where you are using Japanese everyday,...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: Studying Japanese
    • Language: *
  6. Living in Japan - How to Get Rid of Coinshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10122-living-in-japan-how-to-get-rid-of-coins

    of coins spraying from the ticket machine like a Las Vegas slot hitting the jackpot. Tourism stamina wanes as you really start feeling that 10-pound metal load clinking in your pocket. I don't know why Japan loves coins, but the reason rests in the fact...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  7. Life in Japan - Why Americans Are So Fathttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10014-life-in-japan-why-americans-are-so-fat

    Japanese bag of chips isthe size of an American “travel pack.” I'll keep eating chip after chip after chip when I get started. At least the Japanese size cuts me off before things get out of hand. Pop Culture I grew up on soda. Actually, my parents...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  8. February 2005 - More Concerts, Gettin' in the Newspaper Part 2https://japanatron.com/blog/japan/countryside/10030-february-2005-more-concerts-gettin-in-the-newspaper-part-2

    be at home. I guess that's one bonus of living in a small country. They have their logistics down. CA Boy in the Snow It started snowing the other day, and it just continued for like 2 days. I felt like I was in the movie "The Day After Tomorrow." I was...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Countryside
    • Language: *
  9. Laid Offhttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/general/10063-laid-off

    never had outside backup engineers. Furthermore, the particularly incompetent IT manager (Mr. Facebook Helpdesk) decided to start the knowledge transfer the day before our last day--amplifying the insult by sending the meeting invite 10 minutes before...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  10. Reasons Why Food Suckshttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/general/10157-reasons-why-food-sucks

    When other people are eating food, then you might get hungry too. 17. Did I mention it makes you POO? 18. You get grumpy and start making all these dorky noises when you don't have food. 19. It can burn and start fires. 20. It makes you indecisive cuz...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  11. Scam Alert - officialiphoneunlock.co.ukhttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/general/10177-scam-alert-officialiphoneunlock-co-uk

    * "Please wait." * "We haven't heard back from that carrier yet." * "There was a delay with this carrier. The orders will start going through in 7 business days." Here's the actual support thread. My requests are in black, while theirs are in blue. Mon...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  12. Joomla Running on Nginx and Ubuntu Server - Setting Uphttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/it/10224-joomla-running-on-nginx-and-ubuntu-server-setting-up

    got installed. You can remove them (apt-get purge). * Enable the php5-mcrypt module: php5enmod mcrypt service php5-fpm restart Webmin * Download and install Nginx Webmin module--search Webmin's 3rd party modules: http://www.webmin.com/third.html Nginx -...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: IT
    • Language: *
  13. How to Hit on Japanese Girlshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10259-how-to-hit-on-japanese-girls

    tears (of joy). People--and that certainly includes Japanese people--love talking about themselves, and what better way to start than to ask about theirname. * What's your name's kanji mean? (even if you already know more kanji than she does) * Do you...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  14. Does Amazon Ship This Thing Abroad?https://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10343-does-amazon-ship-this-thing-abroad

    could be a few pages long. * But how much is it? You could read the seller's shipping info or simply add it to your cart and start going through the check-out process. You'll see the shipping cost before you finalize the purchase. Perform some intense...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  15. Getting Started in Japan's Show Bizhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/show-biz/10089-getting-started-in-japans-show-biz

    challenging, but don't expect fame and fortune to follow. This ain't Hollywood, dude. Here are a few tips to help you get started in Japanese show biz. Go to Ginza on a Weekend TV camera crews abound on the main drag in Ginza during weekend afternoons....

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Show Biz
    • Language: *
  16. My 30-Day Trial of Google Apps for Workhttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/it/10347-my-30-day-trial-of-google-apps-for-work

    find an easy way to turn off all that stuff in bulk. Ideally, it should be opt-in style instead of opt-out style from the start. I would have loved it if everything were OFF upon that first login. Then I turn ON and configure only what I need. Google in...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: IT
    • Language: *
  17. Financehttps://japanatron.com/directory/10412-finance

    my business. Please let him know that David Pavlina referred you since he may give you a discount! More info here: How to Start a Company in Japan Shinsei Bank Banking in English I blogged about Shinsei Bank here: Which Japanese Bank Do You Recommend?...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: Directory
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  18. The 3-Kilogram Can of Kagome Pasta Sauce Storyhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10397-the-3-kilogram-can-of-kagome-pasta-sauce-story

    to this purchase in the first place, so they refuse to assist with the consumption of the pasta sauce. Instead of pasta I start making things like pizza toast with the pasta sauce. Two loaves of bread later, I'm not the biggest fan of pizza toast...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  19. How I Send Money Between my Japan and USA Bank Accounts - Life Abroadhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10388-how-i-send-money-between-my-japan-and-usa-bank-accounts-life-abroad

    about their fees. You enter how much you wish to transfer, and the exchange rate and fees are clearly indicated from the start. - Extremely easy to use--no old-school paperwork to fill-out each time you wish to transfer. - Fantastic communication and...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  20. The Hunt for the Ultimate Dietary Supplements for Anxiety, Stress, and Insomniahttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/general/10381-the-hunt-for-the-ultimate-dietary-supplements-for-anxiety-stress-and-insomnia

    tension is now a borderline panic attack. I have sought and tried professional medical help, but I hesitate to start regularly medicating myself for fear my waking life will become that of a loopy automaton. Sleeping pills were nice, but soon got...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
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