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The quality of life in Japan is a mixed bag. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development annual Better Life Index, Japan  ranks high in income, education and earning but lower than average in subjective well-being and health status. Nonetheless, expats in Japan tend to appreciate the country’s many assets and enjoy their overall experience. Japan includes remarkable juxtapositions that international visitors benefit from. First, while its culture is historic, conservative and rich with traditions and ancient temples, it is also one of the world’s most technically literate, advanced and forward thinking. Second, while Japan’s cities are full of the best of the world’s comforts and impressively modern and western in their offerings, the surrounding mountainous country is rugged and the sea capricious and untempered. So then, Japan is not just a haven for the urbanite, but is most certainly a place for the outdoorsy, nature loving types too as well as for those who love to play in the sea. Hiking, backpacking and camping are common enterprises in Japan as well boating and water sports. English, however, is not often spoken or understood by Japanese. This can make retail shopping, doing personal business, dealing with the government and navigating somewhat challenging from time to time. Nonetheless, the locals are friendly and generally eager to communicate and help when called upon.

Satisfying sites on lifestyle in Japan

japantoday-japan     expatarrivals-japan     oecd-japan     numbeo-japan

internations-japan    expatriates-japan     japantoday     expatsguide

Cost of Living

Cost of living

The high quality of life in Japan does not come cheap for the expatriate. Indeed, according to Xpatulator’s July 2016 report, the cost of living in Japan far exceeds the international average. This becomes very apparent when one purchases any number of goods and services such as a household accommodation, transport, an Internet plan, clothing, groceries, restaurant meals and retail recreational activities. If a western expat desires to relocate to Japan, they are encouraged to negotiate a generous compensation plan that is commensurate with the local living expenses.

What they’re saying about the cost of living.

xpatulator-japan     numbeo-japan     numbeo-tokyo



Generally Japan is a temperate climate with high humidity and frequent rainfall. June to September being particularly hot and humid. The rainy season starts in June and continues for about a month. In the north of the country the summers are warm but the winters are long with abundant snow. Between August and September five or six typhoons pass over or near Japan sometimes resulting in significant damage. The winter temperatures in Japan reach between 10 and 12 degrees Celsius whereas the summer temperatures reach 20 to 25 degrees Celsius.

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Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world are constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office         US State Department       BBC World News         Al Jazeera   

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