The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

Brexat I wasted several hours of my life last week following the Brexit debate. Now I can’t see a way clear for the country. Game over, both for the UK and for my European passport. On the other hand the RetireJapan Forum went over 3,000 posts last week. I’m really happy with how positive a […]


Optimizing iDeCo

Just a little spring-cleaning iDeCo accounts are pretty low-maintenance. Once you open the account and decide where you want your contributions to go, you don’t really have to do anything else until you reach the age of 60 and want to get your money (you also have the option of leaving it in the account […]


The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

Milder than usual This winter seems a lot warmer than usual. I remember most years needing a hat and gloves in January, but this year I can walk around outside without them. It’s quite pleasant if you ignore the hints of climate change… Here are this week’s links: Ten-day golden week this year: are you […]


Buying Mobile Phones

Spend as little as possible I started this year off… poorly, by dropping my mobile phone in the bath. It was a fairly old one, so not waterproof in any way. Despite trying to dry it out in a bag of rice, etc. it never recovered. RIP Nexus 5x, you served me faithfully for 2.5 […]


The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

What are you going to do with 2019? My 2019 started… poorly, with me dropping my phone in the bath (goodbye phone). I now have a new one though, never fear. The one good thing about having no phone over the winter break is that I got A LOT of reading done. Check out the […]


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2019 Planning

Happy New Year! I don’t want to boar you, so let’s cut to the chase 😉 Every year we do a look ahead at the new year, for both the site and me personally. You can see last year’s post here. So what does 2019 hold for RetireJapan? In a nutshell, more of the same. […]


The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

Happy New Year! Well, that is the end of 2018. How was it for you? Personally it was a very mixed year (a ‘calamitous year‘ according to Japanese tradition) but not all bad. I’ll be doing my annual review today and thinking about the new year ahead tomorrow. Patrick Sherriff (Our Man in Abiko) is […]


RetireJapan Progress 2018

Pretty good year Every year since 2013 I have done a personal annual review. I really recommend it. I basically just sit down for a couple of hours and list up what I accomplished this year. What went well? What didn’t go so well? Then in January sit down and set out some goals and […]


The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

Merry Christmas from RetireJapan Merry Christmas! I’ll be cooking Xmas dinner all day today (we eat on Christmas Eve, Spanish style) so rushing to get this out on Sunday evening. Here are this week’s links: Is your spending under control? It’s the Spending, Stupid Executive salaries in Japan: Carlos Ghosn’s arrest spurs debate on executive […]


Other Progress 2018

Bit of a mixed year This is the last progress report, and contains everything else. In a way NISA and iDeCo are easy, because they are a bit of a no-brainer and can be set up and basically ignored after that. Figuring out what else to do is more challenging. This year I did mainly […]