Living in Japan
Key Expatriate Websites and Resources
| Featured Articles on Living, Working, Studying, Traveling, and Volunteering in Japan
| Business and Economy in Japan
American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, www.accj.or.jp.
Tokyo Office: Masonic 39 MT Bldg. 10F, 2-4-5 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0041, Japan.
Tel: 81-3-3433-5381; Fax: 81-3-3433-8454; firstname.lastname@example.org.
AsiaNow, www.buyusa.gov/asianow, a program by the U.S. Commercial Service provides resources for 14 Asia-Pacific markets, including the monthly on-line newsletter, Asia Now e-News.
The Economist is a British weekly newsmagazine reporting on the global economy, politics etc. The Country Briefings, compiled for 60 countries by the Economist Intelligence Unit, provides extensive economic and political data, as well as links to articles. Take a look at the Japan Country Briefing.
International Monetary Fund promotes financial stability, international trade and economic growth among its 184 member countries. The website provides country information (with a section on Japan) and a number of publications, including the World Economic Outlook.
Japan External Trade Organziation (JETRO), www.jetro.go.jp, is a government-related organization that promotes trade and investment.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides a lot of economic information about its member states, including Japan.
U.S. Commercial Service offers assistance to help U.S. businesses export goods and services to markets worldwide, including Japan.
U.S. Government Export Portal, www.export.gov, publishes Country & Industry Market Reports, Commercial guides, and other essential information for doing business abroad.
World Trade Organization, www.wto.org, regulates trade rules between its member countries, and provides information on economic data, trade regulations, disputes and agreements about its members, including Japan.
| Expatriate Websites and Resources for Japan
Asia Expats Forum, www.asia-expatsforum.com, is a community forum for expatriates living in Asia, with country-specific discussion groups including a Japan Expat Forum.
AsiaXPAT, www.asiaxpat.com, provides extensive expatriate resources for those moving to one of 13 East Asian cities, including Tokyo.
Askalo Japan, www.askalo.jp, is a Q&A community which allows expats to ask their own questions about any local topic and share their own tips and recommendations. This is an expat tool to help everyone discover useful experiences in all major cities across Japan.
Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese (AFWJ), www.afwj.org.
For women not Japanese born and raised in Japan, who are engaged to, are, or have been married to a Japanese man. Provides friendship, support, and mutual help in adapting to Japanese society.
BritishExpats.com, britishexpats.com, is a website dedicated to British expats around the world, including a general forum on the Far East, including postings from Japan.
Expat Exchange, www.expatexchange.com, provides a wealth of resources and articles, as well as a forum.The site has a few useful articles and links about Japan.
Expat Blog, www.expat-blog.com, is a worldwide directory of blogs related to expatriate life, with listings for Japan.
Expatriates.com, www.expatriates.com, an online community for expatriates, has a section on Japan, with classified ads, links, and a bulletin board.
Japan FAQ: Know Before You Go, www.thejapanfaq.com/, provides practical information about Japan for foreigners.
Living Abroad in Japan, www.livingabroadinjapan.com, is the website hosted by the author of the book by the same name.
Locanto Japan, www.locanto.jp, is a classifieds community which allows expats to buy, sell, and trade goods, meet new people and more in every city in Japan.
Meetup, www.meetup.com, lists group meetings in cities around the world to help bring people with common interests together and promote the development of active local communities. Search for expatriate groups in Japan all over the country.
Orient Expat, www.orientexpat.com, offers discussion groups on expatriate life, work, visa issues, and jobs in Asia, with a section on Japan.
Tales from a Small Planet, www.talesmag.com, is a webzine with news, stories, links, excellent message boards, and other resources for travelers and expatriates; The Japan section features "Real Post Reports" by expatriates, as well as useful links.
Tokyo With Kids, www.tokyowithkids.com, is an online community for English-speaking parents in Japan.
Yalwa Japan, www.yalwa.jp, a business directory which allows expats to quickly locate and browse various local services offered in every city in Japan.
| Government and International Organizations in Japan
Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, www.mofa.go.jp
Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, www.un.int/japan, provides general information about culture, politics and the economy, as well as a variety of useful links--or visit the United Nations web portal at www.un.org/english or www.un.int,
WebJapan, web-japan.org, sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and operated by a Japanese NGO, is one of Japan's leading websites for information on the country.
The World Bank provides reports and analysis about infrastructure, health, trade and more, with a section on East Asia & the Pacific, including Japan.
Asahi.com, www.asahi.com, is a joint news website by the International Herald Tribune and Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
Kidon Media Link, www.kidon.com, an online directory of world newspapers and news media, has an extensive listing of news media in Japan.
Live-radio.net, www.live-radio.net/info.shtml, provides continuously updated links to thousands of online radio stations worldwide, including Japan.
Online Newspapers, www.onlinenewspapers.com, lists over 1000 links to online newspapers worldwide, including Japan.
| Recommended Reading on Japan
| Travel Information on Japan
|About.com, in its Travel Section, provides useful articles, links and travel information for a large number of countries, with a section on Japan for Visitors.
|Asia Trotter provides useful links and resources for travelers to Asia, with a section on Japan.
|Explore Japan, www.jnto.go.jp, is an online travel guide to Japan, by the Japanese National Tourist Organization.
Fodor's provides destination guides for most countries in Asia, including Japan.
|Frommer's, www.frommers.com, provides destination guides for countries worldwide, with a section on Asia, including Japan.
|Japan National Tourism Organization, www.jnto.go.jp.
|Lonely Planet Worldguide provides a lot of useful travel information, with a section on Asia, including Japan.
|New York Times Travel provides Destination Guides for most countries, with a section on Asia, including Japan.
|Rough Guides Destinations offer a lot of useful travel advice and information for most countries, with a section on Asia, including Japan.
|Things Asian is a Travel Portal for Asia, with articles, resources, literature and other content relating to travel to Asia. The site includes a section on Japan.
|Visit Japan Campaign, www.japantravelinfo.com, is a website by the Japan National Tourism Organization, providing information for Americans wanting to visit Japan.