Live in Japan: Japanese lifestyle and its social culture
One in Seven Children Is in Poverty in Japan

In September 2014, a single mother killed her junior high school daughter in a prefectural public housing complex in Choshi City, Chiba Prefecture, west of Tokyo. After killing her daughter, the mother intended to commit suicide herself. However, she was arrested before she could carry out her suicide. The mother, who was 43 years old […]

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About Japanese companies and Japanese business people
Characteristics of the Japanese: Strengths and Weaknesses

By Ryoji Shimada, staff writer It is said that Japanese people are diligent, and I think that has not changed. If you ask a Japanese person or perhaps a foreigner what the characteristics of the Japanese are, the answer will probably be the same :diligence. Diligence is a good characteristic, not a bad one. So […]

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About Japanese companies and Japanese business people
Understanding "Rongo to Soroban" in English by Eiichi Shibusawa

Not only as a business person but as the father of capitalism in Japan If I were to ask you who you know as a Japanese businessman, who would you name? You might name Masayoshi Son of Softbank, Kazuo Inamori of Kyocera, Konosuke Matsushita of Panasonic, or Tadashi Yanai of Uniqlo. But as of 2021, […]

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Live in Japan: Japanese lifestyle and its social culture
How to use "Chotto" in Japanese?

It is quite natural for a word to have multiple meanings in a certain language. In Japanese, too, a single word can have many meanings. One of the representative words is "chotto" ちょっと. It is normally written in hiragana. Chotto has so many different meanings, some similar and some opposite. It may sound complicated, but […]

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Available Jobs in Japan for Non-Japanese

These are just a few of the jobs we are currently accepting for foreigners. Please contact us if you are interested in any of them and other jobs. You can click the title to find out more info in PDF. As of October 24, 2021 There are many other permanent jobs available, please click here […]

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What Is "Haiku"?

Haiku, made up of only 17 syllables arranged in a 5‐7‐5 pattern, is said to be the shortest poetic form in the world. Unlike a "tanka," a haiku is required to have a seasonal word in it. Haiku have become popular overseas, and there are some enthusiasts who compose haiku in English. Takahama Kyoshi's famous […]

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Live in Japan: Japanese lifestyle and its social culture
What Is "Tanka"? たんか 短歌

Tanka (literally “short poem”), which belongs to the old Japanese poetry called "waka 和歌," is a 31‐syllable poem formed by five lines in the pattern of 5‐7‐5‐7‐7. Originally there existed other forms in "waka" such as "choka 長歌" (literally “long poem”), which was distinguished from "tanka." With the disappearance of "choka" and other minor forms, […]

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Live in Japan: Japanese lifestyle and its social culture
The History of Japan's School Lunch

The History of Japanese School Meals The School Lunch Law enacted in 1954 states that “Administrators of compulsory education schools must endeavor to implement provision of school meals at applicable compulsory education schools.” As a result, in Japan, most elementary school students and junior high school students eat kyushoku (school lunch). Parents usually pay 250 […]

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About Japanese companies and Japanese business people
Japan's Elderly Care Business Using Technology

Using Technology for Japan's Elderly Care Business By Ryoji Shimada, staff writer Japan Moving Toward Promoting Nursing Robots for Elderly In rapidly aging Japan, efforts are accelerating to make more practical and affordable robots for helping the elderly perform daily tasks to cope with a projected future shortage of caregivers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government […]

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Live in Japan: Japanese lifestyle and its social culture
Discrimination against Koreans in Japan

Zainichi Sabetsu: Discrimination against Koreans in Japan By Ryoji Shimada There is discrimination in every country. Even in Japan, which is so safe that women can walk alone at night, there is discrimination. Discrimination against women is a major problem in Japan, especially among developed countries. There are many other forms of discrimination, and discrimination […]

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