‘Five Minute Advice’ Archives

Sending New Year’s Post Cards (Nengajo) in Japan

Sending New Year’s Post Cards (Nengajo) in Japan

If you are not familiar with the tradition of sending cards, it is considered polite to send a card in return if you receive one from a colleague or family member. [Read More]


Nagoya Ben

Nagoya Ben

The Japanese language has numerous dialects and the Nagoya dialect, Nagoya-ben, is famous throughout Japan for its “so called” originality. Why don’t you try some of it out on your Japanese friends and see what they say? [Read More]


Make Your Own Tsukimi Dango

Make Your Own Tsukimi Dango

Tsukimi Dango - lit. moon-viewing dumplings - are non-skewered filled or plain dumplings that are traditionally eaten during the moon viewing festival (tsukimi) in mid-September. They are usually displayed in a pyramid-shaped pile. Tsukimi Dango are very easy to make and [Read More]


Best of The Web

Best of The Web

Exploring the Web 20 Useful web sites for foreigners living in and around Nagoya   ★Travel ■Hyperdia - www.hyperdia.com Offers an online timetable, route, and fare finder for all train and subway lines in Japan in ENGLISH! ■123 Bus – [Read More]


Getting Wages from a Bankrupt Employer

Getting Wages from a Bankrupt Employer

You were working at a company in Nagoya for 2 years, but because your employer went bankrupt you have been on unemployment benefits and have been trying to find a job since January. You have not yet received your wages for October, November and December. What can you do, [Read More]


Denial of Tax-withholding Certificate

Denial of Tax-withholding Certificate

Employers who refuse to issue tax-withholding certificates, known as “GenSenChouShuuHyou” in Japanese [Read More]


Support for Children Of Foreign Spouses

Support for Children Of Foreign Spouses

Last year I married a Japanese man, and we have had one child. However, I also have a child to my former husband, but my current husband will not accept this child as his own. My child is not well, and has considerable medical expenses. Is it possible to request support [Read More]


Visa Overstay w/o a Passport

Visa Overstay w/o a Passport

Mr. A has lost his passport and his visa has expired [Read More]


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