Official Age of Adulthood in Japan is Lowered

On April 1, 2022, the age of adulthood in Japan was lowered from 20 to 18. It was the first time in over 140 years to revise the definition of adulthood in Japan. We would like to talk about what will be different due to the revision, and how it will influence our daily life briefly in this article. Contents 1. When the age of adulthood is lowered in Japan? 2. What is this revision for? 3. What will change? 4. Summery 1. When the age of adulthood is lowered in Japan? The age of adulthood in Japan had been defined as starting from 20 since 1876. However, from April […]

About the tax on divorce Part.2

In the last article, we disclosed the answers of the popular questions about the tax related to divorce, the distribution of property and the related tax. This time, as the second part, we would like to share more information regarding “the tax related to donation of residential assets and tax before getting divorce” and “taxation on the dispenser of real property” Contents 1. The tax related to donation of residential assets and tax before getting divorce 2. Taxation on the dispenser of real property 3. Summery 1. The tax related to donation of residential assets and tax before getting divorce It is possible for those who donate the residential assets […]

About the Tax on Divorce Part.1

Recently, we have been receiving more and more inquires about the distribution of property on divorce and the tax of it. This time and next time, we would like to share some information about this matter to you in two parts. Contents 1. Popular questions about the tax related to divorce Q&A 2. About the distribution of property and the tax of it 3. Summery 1. Popular questions about the tax related to divorce Q&A Q: We have decided to get a divorce and have reached the agreement of paying the costs of maintaining dependent children. Will I be charged any tax? A: About the costs of maintaining dependent children, […]

What is Golden Week in Japan? How to spend Golden Week?

The Golden Week for 2022 is from April 29th to May 1st, and from May 3rd to May 5th. For those who take day off on May 2nd and May 6th, the Golden Week can be as long as 10 days. In this article, we would like to introduce the origin of the Golden Week, and how to spend it. Contents 1. The origin of Golden Week 2. The etymology of Golden Week 3. How to spend Golden Week 4. Summery 1. The origin of Golden Week Golden Week is a week from 29 April to early May containing multiple Japanese holidays, which is the week with the most holidays […]

About Online Residence Procedures

For streamlining and quickening the residence procedures, Immigration Service Agency of Japan started accepting the procedures related to residence online since July 25th 2019, and additional procedures and statues of residence have been applicable since March 2020. From 16th March 2022, it has been available for the foreigners in Japan to apply for residence online by utilizing digital certificate of My Number Card and Japanese Public Key Infrastructure. We would like to explain about the online procedures of various types of residences. Contents 1. Residence procedures so far 2. History of the systemic revision 3. Main points of changes regarding online application after March 2022. 4. Benefits of online services […]

About Japanese language ability required to obtain a work visa

As foreigners become more interested in Japanese culture, foreign people who love Japan and Japanese anime, want to work in Japan, study Japanese because they want to come to Japan, and acquire a visa are increasing. I will talk about how much Japanese ability is required. How much Japanese ability is required? Proof of Japanese ability What is Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)? Schedule of the exam Flow of application Summary 1.How much Japanese ability is required? Although the criteria will change depending on the status of residence and work in the examination by the Immigration Bureau of Japan, it is said that it is sufficient to have the ability […]

Must-see! The cherry blossom viewing spots in Kansai, Japan!

According to the weather news of Japan, the best time to look at Yoshino cherry (some are different breeds) in west Japan is from the late March and early April this year. This time, let’s take a look at the famous cherry blossom viewing places in Kansai, Japan! Contents 1. ONO Sakura Tuzumi Kairo(Hyogo) 2. Takada Senbon Zakura (Nara) 3. Osaka Castle Park (Osaka) 4. Yasuragi No Michi (Along the Shichiya River) (Kyoto) 5.Summer 1.ONO Sakura Tuzumi Kairo (Hyogo) This corridor with a 4km long row of about 650 cherry trees is quite a sight. And the cherry blossom trees reflected on the water of the field, what is called […]

Guide to Osaka “Namba/Shinsaibashi”

This time, we would like to introduce you to Namba and Shinsaibashi, one of Osaka’s most popular shopping districts, where you can enjoy the true Osaka atmosphere. Dotonbori, where you can fully enjoy Osaka’s cheap but tasty local food, and Shinsaibashi’s Namiki-dori, lined with luxury boutiques, are the most popular areas in Osaka for foreigners visiting the city.  Table of Contents 1. Dotonbori 2. Shinsaibashi Shopping Street 3. Hozenji Yokocho 4. Shinsaibashi Brand Shop Street 5. Summary 1. Dotonbori Dotonbori, located along the Dotonbori River, is one of the most popular tourist spots in Osaka. It is said that the area once flourished because of the many theatrical halls and […]

Guide to Osaka “Nakanoshima” Edition

Nakanoshima, located in Kita-ku, Osaka City, is lined with retro architecture and is popular with foreign tourists for its fashionable spots on the sandbar surrounded by the Dojima and Tosabori Rivers. In this article, we will introduce you to the Nakanoshima area of Osaka. Table of Contents 1. Osaka City Central Public Hall 2. Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library 3.Nakanoshima Park 4.Bank of Japan Osaka Branch Old Building 5.Summary 1.Osaka City Central Public Hall The Osaka City Central Public Hall, with its impressive Neo Renaissance style red bricks, has been hosting operas and concerts for nearly 100 years. As the building became decrepit, it underwent a three-and-a-half-year renovation from 1999 to […]

Guide to Osaka “Umeda” Edition

Umeda is the gateway to Osaka with many attractive commercial facilities, and with many train lines converging around the JR Osaka Station. Umeda has become a major base for sightseeing in Osaka. There are several large department stores in the area, making it the largest shopping area in Osaka, and I would like to introduce Umeda as a tourist destination. Table of Contents 1. Umeda Sky Building 2 .Hankyu Umeda Main Store 3 .Grand Front Osaka 4 .Hanshin Umeda Main Store 5 .Daimaru Umeda 6 .Summary 1. Umeda Sky Building The Umeda Sky Building is a unique skyscraper with two connected buildings on the 39th and 40th floors, and has […]