Japan

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Japan is truly timeless, a place where ancient traditions are fused with modern life as if it were the most natural thing in the world.

Basic Info

Food
Traditional meals consist of rice, miso soup, and three dishes—often meat or fish, a vegetable, and a pickled dish.
Accomodation
Rates range from less than 2,500 yen per person in hostels, Minshuku to over 50,000 yen per person in a first class hotel or ryokan.
Transportation
Japan has very efficient public transportation, especially within metropolitan areas. They are known for punctuality, it’s superb service, and the large crowds of people using it.
Healthcare
Japan has created a list of hospitals with interpretation services for foreign patients to make treatment and billing procedures easier for all parties involved.
Safety
Japan is generally safe for visitors. People on the street and on public transport will look at you with a sense of curiosity, and are some of the friendliest, warmest you could meet.
Cost
A meal at a more average restaurant costs roughly between 1,000 and 3,000 yen 1,000. Japanese yen = $10 US dollar.
Temperate Climate
In Japan, March to May is spring; June to August is summer; September to November is autumn; December to February is winter.
Network & Internet
NTT DoComo, KDDI and SoftBank aim to launch full 5G services in 2020. Japanese mobile carriers have confirmed plans to launch 5G commercial services.
People
Japanese people are incredibly nice and polite. The traditional Japanese bow is used as a greeting during any given exchange.
Power Outlet
The voltage in Japan is 100 Volt, which is different from North America (120V), Central Europe (230V) and most other regions of the world.
Rich Nature
Japan is an island country that is 70% mountainous. Japanese archipelago stretches north and south, having many islands, mountains and valleys that split the land.
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About

Japan, a nation in East Asia, is an archipelago of 6,852 islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is a constitutional monarchy, with Tokyo as its capital. The economy of Japan is the third largest in the world after the United States and the People's Republic of China. Japanese trains are among the world’s most punctual: their average delay is just 18 seconds!
Video from Japan National Tourism Organization

Companies

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Rakuten
The country’s largest e-commerce company, employing more than 10,000 staff and partners worldwide.
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Fujitsu
World's fourth-largest IT services provider measured by global IT services revenue.
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SoftBank
A diverse conglomerate with interests in telecommunications, e-commerce, technology, finance and media.
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Global & Tech Landscape

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METI
METI is the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, which is leading economic policies in Japan and supporting businesses.

Visa Application

Visas which allow paid work generally require a Japanese company, school, university or individual to act as sponsor. Having found work at a school, university or Japanese company, applicants for a working visa will need to fill out an application form from the Japanese embassy or consulate in their own countries.

  • The following are the usual requirements for obtaining a working visa for Japan: a valid passport, a recent photograph, a letter from your future employer (or sponsor) stating your position and expected salary, a Certificate of Eligibility (the application for which requires documentation from your prospective employer), a curriculum vitae and copies of any necessary graduation certificates.
  • The Certificate of Eligibility is a vital component of your working visa application. It is issued by the Japanese Ministry of Justice. If the candidate is overseas, the application for it will usually be made by the prospective employer through an immigration office in Japan. See Certificate of Eligibility application details.
  • Working visas are normally granted for periods of 1 year or 3 years except for entertainers where the periods are 3 months, 6 months and one year and are usually extendable.
  • From April 1, 2019 the Japanese government introduced new visas known as Specified Skilled Visas (tokutei ginou, 特定技能) to address labor shortages in various industries.
  • Over 345,000 foreign workers will be allowed to enter Japan under the new conditions.
  • Two types of visa are available Specified Skills Visa 1- SSV1 and Specified Skills Visa 2- SSV2.
  • The SSV1 will be for a period of five years and will allow for limited renewals. Entrants will NOT be allowed to bring family members.
  • The SSV2 (beginning in 2021) allows holders of this visa to bring family members and can be renewed indefinitely.
  • Holders of the SSV1 can apply to change their visa status to the SSV2.
Source from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Location

Japan is an island country located in East Asia. It is bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, and spans more than 3,000 kilometers along the coast of the continent from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Philippine Sea in the south. It is the largest island country in East Asia and fourth largest island country in the world. It consists of 6,852 islands: the 5 main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Okinawa. Due to Japan's many far-flung outlying islands and long coastline, the country has extensive marine life and mineral resources in the ocean.

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