The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

My life remains interesting, so just the bare bones today (although we have 30 links for you -not too shabby!). Here are this week’s links Really interesting article about illegal drugs and Japan: Japan, the place with the strangest drug debate in the world This seems like a promising approach: The People Who Eat the […]


GREENa

GREENa

Green Electricity in Japan I am somewhat worried about the environment. But at the same time, it is such a big issue. Is there much we can do about it as individuals? Perhaps not. But surely it is better to do small things than to do nothing. A bit like the starfish story. One thing […]


The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

Flying back from London soon, so just the links today: I think it’s a good idea for most people to get PR: Getting Japanese Permanent Residency This is a nice resource for people living in Japan: How to Build a Nest Egg in Japan Japan seems to have better numbers than other developed countries: ‘No […]


Air Miles Revisited

Flying and credit cards and just buying them, oh my! I’m in London, working in a ‘creative space’. Very digital nomad of me. I had to fly over at short notice, and when I checked flights for the dates I wanted I was seeing fares of more than 250,000 yen in economy. Ouch. So once […]


The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

This week, the only read The sharper eyed among our readers may have noticed that there was no blog post this week. Unfortunately, my life remains ‘interesting’ this year, in the Chinese curse sense of the word. However, the forum has been pretty lively recently, and I’ve received a few messages with blog ideas so […]


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The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

Situation normal, still busy How is your February going? Mine remains… eventful. Still, at least we have a few more links this week than we did last week πŸ™‚ Here are this week’s links: Probably not: Is the era of artificial speech translation upon us? I’ve been panicking for a while now: Time to Panic […]


Only in Japan: Yuutai (shareholder benefits)

Who doesn’t like free stuff? One interesting thing about investing in Japan is that many companies give special gifts to their shareholders. These can be something mundane, like a face towel, or something pretty useful, like discounts at department stores or cheap plane tickets. The gifts are called ζ ͺδΈ»ε„ͺεΎ… kabunushi yuutai, but are often abbreviated […]


The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

A sad tale As I descend deeper into insane business (I wonder if the spelling of ‘business’ comes from ‘busy-ness’?) this week’s Monday Read has 2.5 links in it, which is a new record (low)… Spoke to the Freakonomics Podcast team today about a topic they are considering, but unfortunately didn’t get an invitation to […]


Good with Money

You might not need to be to be happy Even the simplest aspects of personal finance can seem difficult or complex, but in reality if you follow three simple rules you will rarely have money problems: Make as much money as you can Spend as little as you can (and never more than you earn) […]


The Monday Read

Damn, it’s cold This polar front/Siberian chill/whatever it is is cold. Looking forward to some warmer weather next week. It’s been a good week for RetireJapan. Our Facebook page likes just went over 1,000, and the mailing list is at 999 πŸ™‚ Still incredibly busy in a good way, so without further ado here are […]