Expat Living in Japan

Japan is a great country to live in. A lot of expats would love to pack their bags and move to Japan. The country is also known as the “Land of the Rising Sun” where the past meets the future. Japanese culture has existed since time immemorial and yet it has also adopted and created the latest modern fashions and trends of the world. It is not only limited to the cultural stuff, there are few places in the world that hold as much mystique for Westerners as does Japan. Even if Japan is in the limelight of the world stage due to is great economic success after the Second World War, there is much about this country that remains to be discovered. To really get a sense for what the country is really like, of course, you will need to move to Japan and be there yourself. Allow us at Asia Expat Guide (AEG) to give you comprehensive support and information about this new country and we will help you unravel the wonders Japan has to offer.

Things to Know about Living in Japan

Reading a cook book about apple pie does not substitute for an actual taste of a warm apple pie in as much as there is really no way to really start to understand Japan until you are already living in Japan. Like just cooking, you need to know the recipe first and we at Asia Expat Guide (AEG) will give you that recipe of all the things you need to know and see in Japan. The main islands of Japan, from north to south, are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. TheRyukyu Islands, including Okinawa, are a chain to the south of Kyushu. Together they are often known as the Japanese Archipelago.

Japan’s history is influenced by its location at the outermost edge of Asia. Just close enough to mainland Asia, yet far enough to keep it separate, much of Japanese history has seen alternating periods of closure and openness. Until recently, the nation has been able to turn on or off its connection to the rest of the world, accepting foreign cultural influences in fits and starts which make it easier for expats migrating to Japan. The Japanese are proud of their four seasons and an astonishing number of them are firmly convinced that the phenomenon is unique to Japan which most us does not agree into. Japan is a constitutional monarchy where the power of the Emperor is limited. As a ceremonial figurehead, he is defined by the constitution as “the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people.” The Prime Minister of Japan is the head of the government and he runs the bureaucracy together with the other elected members of the Diet.

Japan is an industrialized country, and is home to some of the largest and most technologically advanced producers of motor vehicles, electronics, machine tools, steel and nonferrous metals, ships, chemical substances, textiles, and processed foods in the world. According to the Wikipedia, Japan is the third largest national economy in the world as of 2012, after the United States and China (in terms of nominal GDP) and the fourth largest national economy in the world (after the United States, China and India) in terms of purchasing power parity. Japan is the leader in scientific research, particularly technology, machinery and biomedical research in the world.

Japan has two dominant religious traditions: Shinto (the ancient animist religion of traditional Japan) and Buddhism. Christianity was introduced by European missionaries, was widely persecuted during the feudal era but is now accepted, and a small percentage of the entire population are Christians. Japan is linguistically and culturally homogeneous. Almost 99% of the population is of Japanese ethnicity and speaks Japanese as their first language. The Japanese yen (JPY) is the official currency of Japan. It is the third most traded currency in the foreign exchange market after the United States dollar and the Euro.

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