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Key Expatriate Websites and Resources

Articles on Japan
Business and Economy in Japan
Expatriate Websites and Resources
Language Courses in Japan
News and Media in Japan
Recommended Reading on Japan
Travel Information for Japan

Featured Articles on Living, Working, Studying, Traveling, and Volunteering in Japan

Living Abroad in Japan by Ruthy Kanagy

Broadening the Expatriate Experience: Going it Alone in Japan by Camille Bromley
Essence of Japan by Rebecca Combs Tilhou
Island Fever in Okinawa by Mary Richardson
Absorb Japan’s Language and Culture in Tokyo by Karin Ling
Marriage and Living Abroad in Japan: The Foreign Wives Club by Jennifer Brown
Japan as It Was: Visitors to Northeast Find the "Real" Japan by Helen Korengold
Getting Started Teaching English in Japan: What to Expect by John Sheldon
You Can Do It... Teaching English in Japan: Honest, Practical, and Up-to-Date Information by Andrew “Maps” Curtis
Teaching English and Living in Japan by Lindy Sinka 
Live, Learn, and Teach English in Japan by Christopher P. Cotter
Teaching English in Japan: How to Get Started and What to Expect by Jo Ebisujima
A Broad Perspective: Starting a Business in Japan by Pia Musngi
A Teaching Career in Japan: Opportunities at Colleges and Universities by Aaron Paulson
Japan's JET Programme: Join the Leading Program for Teaching English in Japan by Laura Mann
Teach English in Japan with the JET Exchange Program: A Generous Invitation to Get to Know Japan by Aaron Paulson
Teaching English in Japan with the JET Programme: For College Graduates Seeking Challenge and Adventure by Andrew Parker
Point Your Cursor to a Job in Japan: A Comprehensive, Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Work by Celeste Heiter
Teaching English in Japan: The Internet Job Search by AJ Hoge
Adjusting to Living in a New Culture: An English Teaching Assistant's Introduction to Japan by Gabrielle Wallace
Short-Term Contracts Teaching English in Japan by Matthew Hernon
Tutoring English in Japan by Adrienne McPhail
What's a Foreigner to Do? Discrimination and Hiring Practices in Japanese Universities by Helen Korengold
The Japan Experience: Teaching with the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program by Linda Higgins Spoleti
Japan Job Fairs by Zoe McLaughlin
Volunteer Vacations in Japan with WWOOF by Matt Uchimaru
Solo Travel in Japan by Lies Ouwerkerk
Feeling Welcome in Japan by Nancy Penrose
The Three Best Hot Spring Resorts in Japan by Stephen Carr
Japan’s Healing Waters by John Lander
Traditional Inns in Japan by Luciana Lopez
Okinawa: Center for Martial Arts: Enthusiasts Can Integrate Training Into Their Travels by Nolan Webb
Visiting Hiroshima: Stay at the World Friendship Center by Jeanette Hurt

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 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; join@accj.or.jp.

International Monetary Fund promotes financial stability, international trade and economic growth among its 188 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), is a government-related organization that promotes trade and investment.

Export.gov: U.S. Commercial Service in Japan publishes Country & Industry Market Reports, Commercial guides, and other essential information for doing business abroad.

World Trade Organization regulates trade rules between its member countries, and provides information on economic data, trade regulations, disputes and agreements about its members, including Japan.

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 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 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.

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 News and Media in 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 is 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.

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 Recommended Reading on Japan
Japan Eyewitness Travel Guides
Lonely Planet Japan
The Rough Guide to Japan
Japan: Its History and Culture
Living Abroad in Japan
Fodor's Japan
Fodor's Exploring Japan
Frommer's Japan
National Geographic Traveler: Japan
Travelers' Tales Japan
A Practical Guide to Living in Japan: Everything You Need to Know to Successfully Settle In
Culture Shock! Japan: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette
The Japanese Way: Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs of the Japanese
Being a Broad in Japan: Everything a Western Woman Needs to Survive and Thrive

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 Travel Information 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.
Visit Japan Campaign, www.japantravelinfo.com, is a website by the Japan National Tourism Organization, providing information for Americans wanting to visit Japan.

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