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  1. Strong Yen Weak Dollarhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10132-strong-yen-weak-dollar

    compatriot, the staunchly patriotic father of one of my best friends. I bragged about my enjoyment of the current strong yen / weak dollar situation. I am a rich man in my home country--almost as rich as Scrooge McDuck from "Duck Tales." As such, I...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  2. Japan's Donation Tax Program Delivers Fancy Almost-Free Giftshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10341-japan-s-donation-tax-program-delivers-fancy-almost-free-gifts

    how large a donation you can make and how extravagant a gift you can receive. For example, a single person making 4 million yen per year could donate 43,000 yen and get a tax deduction of 41,000 yen. For that size of a donation, you can receive gifts...

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

    in your pocket. I don't know why Japan loves coins, but the reason rests in the fact their paper money starts at 1000 yen, roughly a $10 bill back in better economic times. During my years living here, I've developed a few techniques for coping with...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  4. Life in Japan - How to Save Moneyhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10209-life-in-japan-how-to-save-money

    carless in Los Angeles are considered losers. The carless in Japan are considered money-wise. Discover the Wonders of the 100-Yen Shop I need a new tea pitcher. The one at the local home center is 700 yen, but the 100-yen shop sells tea pitchers for a...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  5. January 2004 - My First Flu and Subsequent Trip to the Hospital / Meet the NHK Guyhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/countryside/10022-tottori-january-2004

    NHK has no commercials (kinda like USA's PBS), so to fund it, the Japanese government charges everyone with a TV around 2000 yen per month. This NHK guy comes around to collect 2000 yen from everyone with a TV. I think it's ridiculous, and everyone else...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Countryside
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  6. 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

    money orders and wire transfers, a couple of newly-discovered and extremely convenient solutions have proved their weight in yen to me. For the sake of completeness, I document all the solutions I've utilized. Solution #1: Wise Wise (formerly known as...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
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  7. Surviving Tokyo with Michael Korshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10334-surviving-tokyo-with-michael-kors

    day. It’s my goal everyday to keep that from happening. Not worth anyone’s time. * 1 Portable Mirror - I got mine at the 100 yen store. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve either gotten lost on the way to an audition/interview or there was a train...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
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  8. Life in Japan - How I Cut My Mobile Phone Bill In Halfhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10181-life-in-japan-how-i-cut-my-mobile-phone-bill-in-half

    and it didn't cut off once. * It's half the price. Softbank was 6000~7000 a month for me, while BMobile is in the 3000~3500 yen range. No more white plan lies and manipulations! * If I want out, I can get out quite easily. The monthly plan has a 2-month...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  9. How to Watch Netflix in Japanhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10176-how-to-watch-netflix-in-japan

    Set the Netflix region to "Turn Off" and sign up at Netflix's Japan site. This is the better choice if you prefer to pay in yen and/or have a supported Japan payment method. 2) Set the Netflix region to your home country and sign up. This is the better...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  10. Why I Hate the Apple Storehttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/it/10149-why-i-hate-the-apple-store

    set" that costs 3x as much and comes with a bunch of software I don't need. I told the client the upgrade was around 3500 yen. This boxed set is 13,000 yen. I say no freakin' way and leave, my mood less than kind as I now have to tell the client the...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: IT
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  11. Dear Tea Pitcherhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10073-dear-tea-pitcher

    Unfortunately, I was forced to throw out my plastic pitcher this morning. It was purchased over 3 years ago at the 100-yen shop in Nakano-ku. I used it exclusively for tea, so tea was so beyond crusted on the inside that the clear plastic turned dark...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  12. Life in Japan - How to Get Permanent Residencehttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10171-life-in-japan-how-to-get-permanent-residence

    * Copy of marriage certificate * Color photo - 4cm x 3cm. Make sure to follow their photography guidelines. * 8000 yen revenue stamp. You can get this from the convenience store on the ground floor of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau. If you're not in...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  13. The Hunt for the Ultimate VPS Cloud Servers in Japanhttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/it/10358-the-hunt-for-the-ultimate-vps-cloud-servers-in-japan

    outage, and such an occurrence hasn't happened since AFAIK. Conoha PROS * Generous specs for the price--especially when the yen is low * Functional control panel, and it's in English * Offers lots of options like databases, email servers, load...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: IT
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  14. Life in Japan - How to Find English Keyboardshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10243-life-in-japan-how-to-find-english-keyboards

    but at nearly twice the price. Ordering it from a vendor offering international shipping through Amazon USA saved me some yen. I advise caution if considering ordering really expensive equipment (e.g. new laptop) from overseas because there could be...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  15. The Hunt for the Ultimate Free Calling Apphttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/it/10180-the-hunt-for-the-ultimate-free-calling-app

    quality * can purchase credit though iTunes Services I briefly looked at... 050Plus * Japan-focused (run by NTT) * 315 yen monthly charge * 050 inbound number * phone number verification required Facetime / iMessage * Apple-only (?) * connects to your...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: IT
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  16. Things I miss, don't miss, love, and don't lovehttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/countryside/1003-things-i-miss-dont-miss-love-and-dont-love

    until 5 am Things I Don't Love About Japan having to speak Japanese to get anything done 12-pack of beer in cans for 3000 yen (about $28) OUCH! why does everyone have to smoke?? do they have to write EVERYTHING in Japanese?? buying a postcard and having...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Countryside
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  17. Mobile Phones in Japanhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10168-mobile-phones-in-japan

    consider using a VoIP service like Skype instead. The billing is often much easier to understand, and you may save some yen.

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  18. Alesis - A Terrible Company Irresponsibly Handling an Unforeseen Problemhttps://japanatron.com/blog/other/general/10136-alesis-a-terrible-company-irresponsibly-handling-an-unforeseen-problem

    must we wait? Who knows? It's now the middle of February 2012, and I'm well over 4 months into being the owner of a 20,000 yen glorified iPad charger. Maybe Apple really screwed Alesis on this one, but blame is irrelevant. My problem with Alesis is that...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  19. What Japan Needs - More Anti-Smoking Lawshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10123-what-japan-needs-more-anti-smoking-laws

    needs to issue fines if they're going to effectively enforce this rule. The many "No Aruki Tobacco" signs should have "10,000 yen fine" added to them. Then police and volunteer enforcers should be granted the right to fine smokers for breaking the law....

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  20. How to Get a Credit Card in Japanhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10096-how-to-get-a-credit-card-in-japan

    rejection when trying to apply for a local credit card. True...I could use my US credit card, but that weak dollar / strong yen exchange rate right now would obliterate my US savings account. In addition, overseas card transactions are often denied by...

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