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 株主優待 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 🙂 Still incredibly busy in a good way, so without further ado here are […]


Investment Losses

A paper tiger? I’ve had a number of very similar emails this year from people who started investing recently after reading some articles on RetireJapan. They basically all write something like: I opened an account, set it up, bought some investments, and now they are in the red and I am worried. This is perfectly […]


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The Monday Read

18 degrees in Tokyo today? This has been an extremely busy week, as you can clearly see in the paucity of links and books below. Quality not quantity though, eh? 😉 I’ve had a few emails recently with questions that are great content for blog posts. If you have a question and can’t find the […]


Leaving Japan

What happens to your investments? I had a great question this week from a reader by email. When I started thinking about it I realised it would probably take me a couple of hours to answer it properly, so I decided to write a blog post instead. That way we get to share the information […]


The Monday Read from RetireJapan

The Monday Read

January is over Very cold in Sendai the last few days -seems like I am feeling it more this year… age? Illness? No flu yet though, fingers crossed on that one 🙂 Here are this week’s links: How are your plans looking? If your Golden Week trip’s not reserved yet, it might already be too […]


school classroom

Problems in Japanese Schools

Sometimes you have to make some noise A slightly different post today, not really about personal finance or investing. Never fear, we’ll be back to our regular programming next week 🙂 I read this post on Debito’s blog last week, and it really upset me. I could vividly imagine the feelings of the parents, and […]


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 […]