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Information on real estate and housing in Japan.

Tokyo Cheapo’s Tokyo Interactive Rent Finder Map

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This will come in handy for those looking for somewhere to call home in Tokyo! “Created by Tokyo Cheapo friend and coder extraordinaire Fabian Dubois, this is an interactive map showing the average monthly rental price of all the districts in central Tokyo. Hover your mouse over a neighbourhood and adjust the room size slider…

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Renting in Japan

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Many unfamiliar with Japan may believe that the nation is full of things cute and cool. Although there are many things that I personally love about Japan, especially after almost 18-years residing and working in the country during my span of 33-years in various parts of Asia, there are a few things that bother me.…

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The Yakuza

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  [Via Journeyman TV] Child pornography, along with prostitution and drugs, allows the Yakuza – Japan’s 80,000 strong mafia – to rake in 50 billion dollars a year. We pry open a window on this deadly criminal network.  Produced by ABC Australia Distributed by Journeyman Pictures Previous BT articles on the Yakuza. Be sure to check…

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Rental Fee Lawsuit in Japan

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Some not so good news for renters in Japan: The Supreme Court ruled Friday it is reasonable for landlords to seek renewal fees in renewing housing rental agreements with their tenants. In the ruling on three lawsuits, in which it was claimed the fees run counter to the consumer contracts law to protect consumers’ benefits, Yuki Furuta,…

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Rising to the Challenge

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In “Handling the big exodus out of Japan,” I found not only a very good interview but great insight on how one expat handled the media hype and the departure (a.k.a. mass exodus) of foreigners from Japan during the aftermath of the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami. [Via The Gaijin Pot] A few hours after the…

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New Sanno Hotel in Hiroo Closed Until Further Notice

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[Via The Stars and Stripes] “The New Sanno Hotel, operated by the Navy and catering to U.S. Forces personnel in Japan and the Pacific since September 1983, has closed its doors until further notice, Fleet Activities Yokosuka officials said Friday. No approximate date for reopening was given. The hotel was closed, officials said, because unreliable…

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