Typhoon confusion shows need for foreigner-friendly disaster warnings in Japan
Typhoon confusion shows need for foreigner-friendly disaster warnings in Japan - The Mainichi
When I lived in the Japanese countryside 10 years ago, I rarely came across other non-Japanese residents. But when I visited last month, I was struck by how much had changed. Some of the young people staffing reception desks and video game arcades wore badges with non-Japanese names. At one pub-restaurant in Kanazawa, a mid-sized city north of Tokyo, I saw a young Caucasian assistant behind the counter assisting the sushi chef.
4 foreigners in Tokyo give honest opinions of life in the capital
Many people who have never lived in Japan may come to the conclusion based on Japanese stereotypes that Japan is a very strict, conservative country that would be hard on foreigners to live here. On the other side of the spectrum, many other people who may have only heard a few things about Japan might come to the conclusion that it is a bona fide paradise for foreigners. We that live here in Japan know that it is actually a little bit from column A and a little bit from column B. There are things that are beneficial for foreigners and there are things that seem to just catch us out of our element. I use this phrase rather loosely, because I believe that to truly experience Japan you should also speak the Japanese language to communicate with Japanese people and understand the culture better.
There are a lot of awesome things about living in Japan as a foreigner. How easy is it to live here as a foreigner? Periodically, we conduct reader surveys to understand the concerns our users have about coming to Japan or living here.