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Posted in: JR East Welcome Rail Pass 2020 proving popular among Japan’s international community See in context

totally agree with Marcelito!

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Posted in: Sony Bank: Making Banking Service More Customer-Friendly for International Residents in Japan See in context

There are some countries that require extra paperwork (the US being one of them for US tax purposes), otherwise the system is pretty smooth and the Visa debit card rocks!

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Posted in: Kagura performances go online to thrill audiences worldwide See in context

I am excited to see this online! I watched once directly in Hiroshima and really appreciated the English support they offer.

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Posted in: JR East releases first-ever rail pass for international residents in Japan See in context

A special feature of this pass is the reach. It covers all of Tohoku and down to Atami and Izu. I hope a lot of people will take the opportunity to go snowboard or spend time in a snowy wonderland reading or drinking hot cocoa. Since a lot of us are not able to visit home countries yet, this might be a good way to explore more of Japan.

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Posted in: ONLY in JAPAN series moves to new YouTube channel See in context

Wishing John all the best on this new channel. Already see that it is doing well and I always feel encouraged by his positive outlook on stories in Japan. Thank you John!

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Posted in: In cash-loving Japan, banks still busy despite coronavirus See in context

Another reason why we thought the Sony Bank Online English service (money kit) was a timely release :) no ATM required, debit card, no bank visits, pretty much all in English. Chat is only open during the day though :(

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Posted in: With new 'English Online Banking' service, Sony Bank rises to say that Japan finally has a bank for foreign residents in Japan See in context

Thank you Connor! Will definitely check on this Japanese region app store issue. Do you think most internationals living in Japan use their home country's region? I wonder if those using the home country region for the app store would have smart phones bought abroad or who are here less permanently? Any input would be very helpful. You can also leave comments on the facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/sonybank.en/

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Posted in: With new 'English Online Banking' service, Sony Bank rises to say that Japan finally has a bank for foreign residents in Japan See in context

The Sony Bank Blog also offers great info on security, etc. https://moneykit.net/en/blog/

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Posted in: Halloween in Shibuya See in context

I was there walking around in the early evening after a movie and it was awesome to see so many people having absolutely pure fun! There was no sense of drunkenness or crazy. it was like the whole city was at a friendly party. Go Japan!

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