Living in Japan

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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How much money do you need for a studio apartment in downtown Tokyo?

Daydreaming about getting a place in Japan’s capital? You might be able to make it a reality.

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Highest-ever Tokyo homes announced, will be as far from the street as tip of Tokyo Tower

Amazing views for a sky-high price.

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Home-hunting in Japan changes as people eye new communities in wake of COVID-19

How the search for a home sweet home is going through these uncertain times.

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Which Japanese city is gaining interest among families and renters? Hint: it’s not in Tokyo

A breakdown of search result data by one Japanese apartment hunting company reveals a big surprise.

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Top 10 most desirable Japanese prefectures to live in may show new trend toward small-city living

Two largely rural prefectures gain ground against Japan’s biggest metropolis.

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Tokyo is the best city in the world to live in, study says

Japan’s capital gets a boost in this year’s global rankings for a very 2020 reason.

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Japanese houses that cost just US$28,000 thrill the Internet, also break its heart

“If I can get a house for the same price as a car, I’m buying the house.”

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Japan to reopen borders to travelers from all countries worldwide starting in October

Sightseeing still off the table, though.

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