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Japanese Driver’s License Test Tips and Tricks【For foreigners】

Those who have to pass the practical driving test in order to convert their foreign licenses should be prepared for a long and sometimes frustrating process. First-time pass rates are low even for native Japanese, who routinely spend 200,000 to 300,000 yen for lessons to teach them how to pass this test. There are many seemingly minor details that must be considered. A positive attitude and patience will go far towards minimizing cost, time spent at the driver's license center, and test failures. The following information is based on the experience of a former Saga JET. This advice does not ...

How to get a driver's license in Japan! Let's go to a driving school

In Japan, you usually obtain a driver’s license by taking lessons at a private driving school. You obtain a license by entering a designated driving school and taking the lessons needed to acquire driving skills and accumulate driving knowledge. Most driving schools offer driving lessons and classes only in Japanese. Although in recent years this has changed, some schools have English speaking staff, and some even hire foreign, or native English speaking instructors.   In the case of Tokyo The Koyama Driving School in Tokyo, says it is “the only driving school that provides lessons in English.” Most Japanese go ...

Vending Machines in Japan, You can buy it anywhere!

It is estimated there is a vending machine of some variety for every 20 people in Japan. With Japan’s population in excess of 127 million people, there must be some 5 million vending machines in the country. This figure might be hard to believe, until you step foot in Japan. There are vending machines for virtually everything, from the expected soft drink, ticket and food machines to the unusual machines which sell underwear or stuffed toy animals.   General vending machine Many of the drink machines provide both hot and cold beverages, and they are fairly cheap in contrast to ...

Why can't Japanese speak English? The reason is education? National character?

The Japanese Speaking English It is a question that has been asked many times. Why do some Japanese people struggle to communicate in English? Even though English is taught in junior high school and there are thousands of English conversation schools all over the country, the level of English in Japan remains low compared to other developed countries. This is especially problematic when Japanese students travel to study abroad. A number of professors at various school surveyed said that their Japanese students often have difficulties communicating in English. These are not students from the rural Inakadate, Aomori region of Japan ...

Hyousatsu: The nameplate becomes a means of identifying "Individual"

Have you noticed a plate mounted onto the gatepost or by the entrance door of a residential house? They are called ‘Hyosatsu' and the letters indicated on it is the householder's name. Hyosatsu - name plate - carries the family name of the residents, the first name of the householder as well as other family members' names can be added optionally.   We can recognize it as your house In that way, Hyosatsu is an aid for the identification yet also what personalise the house. Therefore, people usually choose the one very carefully.The plate helps to identify the house you ...

The Japanese school is cleaned by the students themselves

 

How does it sound that there is no cleaner stationed in school in Japan? Public school is cleaned by children themselves. Cleaning time is even set into their daily time table, about 20 minutes. Bloomed and swept, even regularly waxed by them. While in a conventional school, classroom floors are parquet, those of a modern school building are carpeted so that they are vacuumed. Cleaning task is undertaken by the team Children are divided into teams and deployed to every corner of the school. It gives them an opportunity to learn how to operate cleaning and how to cooperate each ...

CO-OP: You are just waiting! Japanese grocery delivery service

‘Seikyo’ which is known as Consumers' co-operative is largely popular and common system among Japanese to enrol in all over the country. You may see boxes of foods and groceries placed at the entrance of houses or apartments on certain time and date. They are delivered to the members of the Seikyo, which is familiar with the name ‘CO-OP’, upon their orders. The system is like this member will place their orders weekly, choosing items from paper catalogue or via internet and receive the order on their specific date of the week. You may like to have a private delivery ...

Japanese seek product miniaturization and functionality

Japanese traditionally appreciate simplicity and minimalism. The idea is much alive to date. An umbrella which goes as compact as nearly 10 cm to fit tiny space in a women's purse will readily come into your mind. Manufacturers emulate not only to make things smaller but also to do it in style, of course, durability won't be left behind. Idea of folding can be seen even in a household. Japanese house has been known for being small. Especially, the housing by mid-century would not betray the images that often embraced by foreigners. The furniture that is foldable has been a ...

The changing style of Japanese homes

Despite its significance to the life and health, household chores are often under-evaluated as a work, just because its value is not easily recognised as in the way we hardly dare to acknowledge how much air and water mean to our lives. You may catch a hint of male chauvinism in Japanese tradition; access of women to the Sumo ground is strictly prohibited, daughters of Emperor Family cannot take the throne but they are rather dismissed from the royal family once they get married. You may be also suggested by the low rate of political and executive positions taken by ...

Japanese Home delivery is quick, reliable and convenient

I wonder if there are any major roads and streets in Japan that delivery trucks miss to run in a day. There are several of major courier companies in Japan With the rise of internet shopping and replacement of the classic mode of daily shopping by on-line, delivery trucks have to drive more and more. Since users of the service can request the delivery time as close as every two hours, the truck has to run the same route multiple times a day to meet the time specified. Actually, according to my experience, drivers are always on the run, and ...

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