In watching Azumanga Daioh (anime) and in comments here and around the web, there seems to be a trope or expectation or whatever you would call it that Japanese people are actually afraid of foreigners. Is that accurate? If so, why is that?
Which bank is the most recommended for foreigners in Japan? I am interested in information about issuing a credit card for foreigners, interest on savings, international money transfer rates, and other commission rates. I'm considering using one of the web-only banks (新生、楽天、セブン、etc). Is there any risk involved (e.g., if they go bankrupt)?
I'll be studying abroad in Japan for a year, and I'd like to use my (unlocked) iPhone as my cell phone while I'm there. This presents two problems. What do I do with my current plan and phone number, and what plan do I get once I'm in Japan? [more inside]
Is it possible for a foreigner living in Japan to express his/her dissatisfaction with a work situation? [more inside]
I need help for a two week rental of a furnished room for a couple near Shimbashi station or Akihabara in Tokyo. Rental budget is 60000~100000yen for us combined. I've looked at the gaijin guest house links, but they seem to be out of our price range with linen and cleaning fees. Any advice?
I was on a Japanese variety TV show two weeks ago. Any idea how I can find it? [more inside]
Gaijin going to FujiRock Festival, what can I expect??? [more inside]
A Tokyo elopement - can it be done? [more inside]