Living in Japan
Japan is surrounded by water on all sides. This island nation has the Sea of Japan to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West. Japan experiences many volcanoes and earthquakes as it is located close to the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire.’
Even though it is technologically one of the most advanced countries in the world, the people of Japan are very dated and traditional when it comes to daily activities. When you move to Japan, you can have a lot of outdoor experiences as 75% land in Japan is covered by forests or mountains.
Even though the population is comparatively less, the cities are densely populated as most of the people prefer living there. When in Japan, enjoy its world-famous cuisine and learn a few martial art techniques from the best masters.
The standard of living in this country is very high and almost 99% of its population is educated. The people of Japan are very polite and helpful.
Politics in Japan
Just like the lifestyle of the people, the politics of the country is also ancient. The emperor of Japan is its ceremonial head but has no real governing power while the Prime Minister is the head of the government and the Cabinet.
Even though many political parties exist in Japan, the elections have been majorly dominated by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) since 1995.
The elections in Japan are held every 4 years. The prime minister and his cabinet, selected post this election, have the legislative power. The prime minister’s cabinet also called the Diet, is a 480-member House of Representatives. There is also a 252-member House of Councilors that equally participates in making legislative decisions. The judicial system of Japan is based on Roman law and is independent of the parliament.
Japan is the third largest economy in the world. The government has extensive social welfare systems that cover all the important aspects like, education, health, retirement, unemployment, and disability for the entire population. The Japanese government works closely with the businesses in its country. Japan is ranked as one of the most innovative countries in the world. It is also the third-largest automobile manufacturer and is the leader in robotics innovation and manufacturing.
Buying or Renting Property in Japan
Japan is made up of 3000 different islands. The most populated cities in Japan include Tokyo, Kobe, and Yokohama. The houses in Japan are fairly updated and you can expect to enjoy all the modern amenities while you rent an apartment or a home in any of these cities in Japan. If you have children, it is better to find accommodation near the school so that your children do not have any problem traveling to and from school. Also, there are certain neighborhoods in these Japanese cities that have more foreign residents and so there are many diverse shops and restaurants in these areas targeting non-Japanese people.
Visa and Immigration
Writer Relocations provides visa and immigration services for Japan (http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/) and many other countries across the globe. You can get in touch with our executives for further assistance.
There are a lot of international schools in Japan, which are preferred by most foreigners. The language of instructions is these schools are French, German and English. The school year in Japan is from August to June.
The education in the local schools in Japan is very different from the education across the globe. If you plan to stay in Japan until the entire schooling of your child is over, only then enrolling him/her in a local school would be logical.
Admissions in local Japanese schools, as well as, the international schools in Japan need to be done at least six months in advance as most of these schools are at capacity. You children may be required to go through physical examinations during the admission process.
Weather in Japan
Japan experiences all four seasons – spring, summer, fall, and winter. From March to May, the country experiences spring with mild day temperatures and slightly chilly evenings. From June to August, summer makes Japan very hot and humid.
Many cities across the country even experience rains in the month of June. You can see dark colored trees and leaves fallen on the streets from September to November when Japan is experiencing autumn.
The winters in Japan, from December to February, are not very cold and snowy, except the northern islands of Hokkaido, the Japan Alps and certain cities located along the Japanese coast.
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