Welcome to RetireJapan

Let me show you around If you are new to RetireJapan this post is for you. Perhaps you saw our article in the Japan Times? Or maybe a friend told you about the site. However you found us, welcome πŸ™‚ This site is for you. Specifically, it is for people living in Japan who would […]


The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

Summer is coming This week is week ten at my university, so we are 2/3 of the way through the semester. We are approaching the downhill part πŸ™‚ We are also almost half-way through 2019. Hopefully you are working on your financial plan and happy with your progress. Remember to keep an eye out for […]


Nenkin

Guest Post: Hooray for Fuka Nenkin

It’s pretty good, I guess Today we have a guest post from RetireJapan reader and forum contributor kuma. It was actually a forum post, but it was so good that I asked if I could publish it on the blog. Kuma kindly agreed so here it is πŸ™‚ Some background reading First, some background reading: […]


The Monday Read

The Rainy Season is here. Apparently. Still pretty nice in Sendai though πŸ™‚ Here are this week’s links: This essay on Why Nerds are Unpopular was interesting, although I think the US is particularly anti-intellectual in schools. I thought being a politician in Japan was more lucrative -there goes my post-retirement side gig! Local elections […]


The Monday Read

Rainy season is coming Life is good. I hope your life is good too. Here are this week’s links: Are you being too productive at work? The Productivity Pitfall. See if any of these appeal: 24 Weird Ways People Make Money Online Invest it, of course! What Should You Do With A Windfall? This is […]


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Heart surgery in progress

Surgery and Disability Benefits in Japan

John’s Heart This guest post deals with some aspects of major surgery and subsequent physical disability status hereβ€”offering the personal experience of someone who has just gone through it. John is a regular reader and contributor to the site -and today he’s going to share a pretty major life experience. In late March I had […]


The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

May disease edition May disease (οΌ•ζœˆη—…) is a sense of malaise that hits children and adults in May. Presumably the excitement of new colleagues, classmates, and situations in April has worn off, the Golden Week holidays have been and gone, and life seems a lot less fun now that we have three months until any […]


Bank loan flyer

Bad Idea: Borrowing to Invest

Sadly I did consider it briefly The bank I have my mortgage with sent me the flyer above for the second time this week. Basically it introduces a multi-purpose loan the bank is offering. The conditions are floating rate (currently 2.3%), can borrow up to 10 million yen for up to ten years, and the […]


The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

Summer in the air It’s getting warm (and humid!) up here in Sendai. Get the feeling this is going to be a long, hot summer. Might be a good time to review our top ten tips to cope with summer heat here in Japan πŸ™‚ Here are this week’s links If we’re going to subsidise […]


Who wants to work forever?

Who wants to work forever?

Depends on a lot of things Work Some people can’t wait to be done with it. Others can’t imagine living without it. Due to running this site, I often hear people say something like “I’m not going to be able to retire, so I will just work until I drop”. The Japanese government is trying […]


The Monday Read

Road to Damascus edition This week’s Monday Read comes to you from Tallinn Airport, where I am killing time (seizing the moment?) before flying back home via HEL (sinki) and Nagoya. I spent the last six days at a jiu-jitsu training camp, and my mind was blown by meeting a guy called Priit Mihkelson. His […]