foreigners in Japan

Foreign travelers now spend more money in Japan than ever before, surprise country at top of list

Neither Chinese nor American tourists spent the most per person in Japan last year.

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Dodge the biggest problem of giving yourself a kanji name with these for-foreigner personal seals

Get a stamp of approval with your own Japanese personal seal complete with your Japanese kanji name.

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Canadian learns to speak proper Japanese by becoming comedian, pouring tea for his master

Katsura Sunshine brings a fresh look to a 400-year-old style of Japanese comedy.

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How to respond to Japanese people saying “I don’t speak English” when you’re speaking Japanese?

A cutting comeback from a Japanese-proficient foreigner leaves one man with a permanent emotional scar, but there are softer ways to make your point too.

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Foreign comedian Atsugiri Jason’s hot take on Japan’s apology culture has netizens abuzz

This time he really means “WHY JAPANESE PEOPLE?!”

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Over 30 percent of surveyed Japanese managers feel intense stress from working with foreigners

Personality issues and skill deficiencies cited as problem areas with almost one in five saying the pressure is making them want to quit their jobs as soon as possible.

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Can a Japanese person look good in one of those for-foreigner souvenir kimono? Mr. Sato finds out

Gift shop kimono are almost nothing like the real thing, but can Mr. Sato’s fashion aura transcend national boundaries?

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Pakistani Japanese citizen is tired of the cops asking him for his foreign resident card

You can’t produce a foreign resident card when you’re not a foreigner.

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Japan second-least attractive country for expats to work, survey says, but is it really that bad?

Japan gets average marks in one category, abysmal ones in two others.

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Foreigner disappointed by Japan’s hazy concept of “work ending times,” so are Japanese people

Japanese coworker has “nothing I could say to dispute that.”

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Toilet-seat themed comedic-adventure The Benza breaks new ground for foreign talent in Japan

Full of literal toilet humor and heart, this Amazon Prime series is a breath of fresh air.

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Heroic Japanese convenience store owner saves foreigner from online scam artist

Foreign teen’s unusual behavior tips off quick-thinking 7-Eleven owner.

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Australian mother reflects on “lunchbox shame” she felt from her son’s Tokyo preschool teacher

Preschool teacher says the Australian-style lunch she made was “not appropriate.”

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Indian fast food cashier in Japan causes customer to reevaluate his life with simple suggestion

Man’s confidence is shaken in a bizarre way during beef bowl run.

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Our reporter ran into one of Tokyo’s pushy flag-selling foreigners

A tap on the shoulder leads to a flag in the hand and a request to pay for it.

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Foreign travelers in Tokyo, other towns handing out flags, asking Japanese people to pay for them

Sellers often claim to be deaf and ask for random Japanese people to “sponsor” their travel expenses.

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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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