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Webinar: Learn from expats who made the move to Japan what you need to know


Learn from expats who recently made the move to Japan as to what you need to know to make the move. Mobal, a provider of SIMs, WiFi and payment cards for foreign residents in Japan, have compiled the stories and experiences of their customers to share for this webinar! The seminar will be held live online from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17 (Japan Standard Time.)

When & Where

  • Host: GaijinPot
  • Date: April 17, Wednesday
  • Time: 10 a.m. (JST)
  • Location: This seminar will be held online and virtually hosted in Tokyo
  • Admission: FREE
  • Seats: 50


  • Language & Communication
  • Cultural Integration
  • Bank Accounts & Payment Methods
  • Practical Matters- First Steps- Get a SIM, have cash, etc
  • Logistics & Orientation


Declan Somers/Mobal CEO

Recently made the move back to Japan from Europe and despite being a regular visitor to Japan, shares his fails, and some successes, in finding an apartment and making Japan home.

Cole Garrett/Development and Business Services Manager / Tokyo English Lifeline (TELL)

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Cole has been living and working in Japan since 2012. He started out in PR and communications and now is the Development and Business Services Manager at TELL, a Community Mental Health NPO serving the international community. Cole’s interests include Psychological Safety, Mediation and Conflict Management, Workplace Harassment and Bullying, Addiction, LGBTQIA+ issues, Sexual Health, and Suicide Prevention. He lives in Kamakura with his partner and dog. On the weekends, you can find him hiking around the mountains in the Shonan area. But please don’t try to find him, he’s working on boundaries.

How to Register

  • To register for this seminar, click here.
  • You will be taken to the registration form on GoToWebinar, our seminar platform partner site.
  • After you complete online registration, you will receive a confirmation email from GoToWebinar.
  • Click on the link in the registration email to join the seminar on the date and time of the event.
  • If it is the first time you will be joining us on GoToWebinar, you will be asked to install the GoToWebinar software on your device. Installation takes about five minutes.
  • Please note that the number of attendees is limited to 50 people. Once the registration limit has been reached, we aren’t able to add attendees to the list. We thank you for your understanding on this.
  • The date and time shown in the confirmation email are the correct date and time for your time zone, as calculated using your computer’s IP address. There is no need to convert the time shown to your location.
  • Our working days and hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Japan Standard Time), excluding Japanese national holidays. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to immediately respond to inquiries received outside of these hours.
  • We aren’t able to provide a recording of the webinar. In case you’re unable to attend, please register for a following session. We usually hold webinars on the same topic at least once a month.
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There really isn't "one size fits all" situation remedies for expats. Whether you're from Europe, the USA, Asia, South America, Africa or ? will determine your solutions to the problems outlined above. Add to that your visa status, whether you were SOFA at one time or not, whether you are married to a Japanese national now or previously, your language ability, and where in Japan you reside or wish to reside. All of this will affect your success at assimilating.

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Expats or English teachers?

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How about asking expats who have been here for a while?

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