Living in Japan

Japan’s new micro-houses want to be your home away from home on weekends, but we’d stay all week

Having a house built for the price of a car? We could make that lifestyle work.

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Why is Osaka “the most livable city in Japan” according to a recent survey?

It’s a great place to live, but I wouldn’t want to visit there.

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Getting a driver’s license in Japan the hard way — Part 5: The second written test

Once written, twice shy.

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How much money do you need to live in your own apartment in Japan?【Survey】

Think living in Japan is crazy expensive? Think again.

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Need a place to stay in Japan? These share houses have discounts for newly arrived foreigners

Locations available in greater Tokyo area, Hokkaido, and historical Kanazawa.

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2021 saw the sharpest ever rate of decrease of Japan’s shrinking population, more records broken

Japan’s decreasing birthrate coupled with an aging population continue to spell out doom and gloom for the future of the country. 

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Japan increases entry limits, offers extra financial aid for foreign students

Plan could allow all foreign students waiting for entry to be in Japan by mid-summer.

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Getting a driver’s license in Japan the hard way: The first driving test a few more times

Third time isn’t such a charm after all.

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City council in Tokyo votes on proposal to give foreign residents partial voting rights

Mayor of Musashino wants to “make the most of the diversity of our city’s residents.”

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Getting a driver’s license in Japan the hard way: The first driving test

Turns out failure is an option.

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Top five Japanese prefectures for childhood education expenditure would make any wallet shudder

On average, parents in Prefecture #1 are paying around five times more to send kids to school than parents in Prefecture #47.

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Collapsed shed at our cheap countryside house reveals unusual Japanese gems from the past

Dilapidated outbuilding at the SoraHouse contains some surprise items that could tell a story or two.

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Japan completely closes borders to new foreign arrivals

Relaxed coronavirus regulations unable to last even one month as sources say first omicron case has been discovered.

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Getting a driver’s license in Japan the hard way: The first written test

They say the hardest part of any task is getting started… We’ll see about that.

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44 bubble machines on the roof of a Japanese country house is our idea of renovating【Video】

We start our improvements to the SoraHouse with what’s really important: weird fun.

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We throw a bubble party at our cheap countryside house in Japan【Video】

A soap bubble guru is born at the SoraHouse.

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What happens when our team starts renovating our cheap countryside house in Japan?

The SoraHouse becomes a playhouse for our reporters.

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Searching for treasure in the river at our cheap countryside house in Japan

We bought the SoraHouse for US$9,100 and now it’s time to see if we’re sitting on a goldmine.

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A house in the Japanese countryside for just US$9,100? You bet we bought it!【Photos, video】

Welcome to the SoraHouse.

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Here’s why you should be careful when buying a coffee cup from Japan’s 100 yen stores

The quality of 100-yen mugs isn’t what a lot of people expect.

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