foreigners in Japan

Foreign resident arrested in Japan for illegally BitTorrent uploading anime

You might have thought no one cares about the series that he got caught for, but they do, and his total damages are estimated at 1.8 billion yen.

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Four pieces of important advice for foreigners in Japan moving from the countryside to Tokyo

These tips will prepare you for a smooth transition from rural to urban living.

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Japanese travelers are avoiding Kyoto as the city’s number of foreign visitors continues to grow

Hotel operators say the ancient capital’s beautiful temples have a newfound image as congested and inconvenient.

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Over 100 foreigners disappeared in Japan last year after arriving on cruise ships

Immigration Bureau’s relaxed visa policy has boosted tourism from southeast Asia, but it seems to have come with an unwanted side-effect.

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Foreigner and skiing pals get lost in Japan, call cops for help, ignore them when they call back

Lost off-piste skier says answering his phone was too much of an inconvenience.

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7-Eleven Japan wants to stop selling adult magazines, cites concern for foreigners, female customers

Company cites desire to avoid giving Japan a bad reputation as visitors from overseas come for the Tokyo Olympics.

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There’s no need to care about our staff, because they’re foreigners, says Japanese maid service

Vague phrasing and fuzzy logic leads to swift backlash.

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Foreigner investigated for truck-flipping thought it’d be OK since “Japan is crazy at Halloween”

When gauging appropriateness in a foreign land, using a drunken mob as your baseline is usually a bad idea.

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Swiss-raised Japanese woman points out fundamental difference in Japanese, western communication

What’s obvious for some is far less so for others, and can lead to frustration when the listener doesn’t get the speaker’s message.

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Employee scared of asking foreigners to pay for tickets cost Tokyo garden a huge amount of money

Staggering sum required help of another worker to cover up.

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Our Korean-Japanese reporter’s thoughts on people asking “Is Naomi Osaka really Japanese?”

P.K. Sanjun takes a look at some of the common criteria used to define what makes a person “Japanese,” and whether they’ll still be used in the future.

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Japanese politicians want to make it easier for foreigners to get anime assistant work visas

Ministry of Justice proposal aims to let foreign students stay in Japan after they finish school and work their way up the professional ladder.

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Japanese government announces stricter requirements for foreigner student visas

New rules aims to close loophole that lets language school students spend as much of the year working full-time as attending class.

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Japan’s handsome, buff Swedish gardener now has a new job: Working out silently on public TV

Shows off his bodybuilding form as past of educational program with soulful saxophone soundtrack.

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These Pakistani students in Tokyo had never been to the beach, and that’s something we had to fix

We hit the coast with a group of international students for a day of sun, surf…and maybe romance?

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Frustrated foreigner living in Japan calls Japanese punctuality a half-truth

Sometimes Japanese people stick to a schedule, and sometimes they don’t, he says.

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French woman with epilepsy has been missing in Japan since July 29, police announce

Single traveler spent two nights in Japan before disappearing while in mountainous sightseeing town.

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Japanese government proposes driver’s license change to make them easier for foreigners to read

Japanese imperial era targeted as potential source of confusion.

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Aspiring Canadian cosplayer living in Tokyo arrested for immigration fraud sham marriage

Approached Japanese man she met at cosplay event and offered to pay him to be her husband for visa purposes.

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Japan now has more foreign residents than ever before, even as country’s total population shrinks

But if Tokyo somehow seems even more crowded to you, you’re not mistaken.

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