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Japan Bank Directory

A recent search for the “zengin” code led me to the Japan Bank Directory. It lists bank by name, region and category (e.g. large banks, popular categories). You can find out the number of branches the bank has in Japan … Continue reading

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Email “On Vacation” Message

Here is an example “On Vacation” auto-reply email message you can use to notify people who send you an email that you are on vacation. ご連絡を戴き有り難うございます。 恐れ入りますが7月9日(月)〜13日(金)は休暇を頂いております。 ご不便をおかけし大変申し訳ありませんが、宜しくお願い致します。 The first line thanks the person for contacting you. Here it is … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Season

This year’s cherry blossom or sakura season came by quickly as usual, but maybe that is just because I had to work during the peak period in Tokyo for seeing such a beautiful sight. If you fit in the same … Continue reading

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Using the Passive Form in Japanese

It is always tough trying to figure out which form of Japanese to use especially when you are trying to use the passive form. I was trying convey in an email “Their were topics such as ecology and healthcare discussed … Continue reading

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Corporate Governance in Japan

Corporate Governance has been a much talked about topic in Japan since the Olympus scandal (followed by the Daio Paper scandal) surfaced in the last quarter of last year. The Tokyo Stock Exchange in an effort to restore confidence in … Continue reading

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Briefing for the Diplomatic Corps and Foreign Companies in Tokyo concerning the Special Zone for Reconstruction

JETRO held a press conference today allowing representatives from Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Aomori prefectures to explain what they are offering to companies to relocate and/or invest in their prefecture. Here are the benefits they presented (taken from Japanese … Continue reading

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Honorific Japanese for Business – Abbreviations for Organizations

English refers to the name of an organization using the actual name or the organization type like “your company, your school, your university, your hospital” etc. while abbreviations or abbreviated references in Japanese can be pretty complex to use and … Continue reading

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Japanese Contract Terminology – Naming Parties in the Contract

Contracts written in English will refer to the first and second party by indicating in quotation marks the word to refer to them throughout the remainder of the contract. For example, These terms and conditions are entered into by and … Continue reading

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The day the Earth did not stand still

March 11, 2011 was an incredible event in Japan that changed the lives of many people. It has been 3 months since that event occurred at 2:46 pm and I decided to write about that day and the days that … Continue reading

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International Communication and Exchange Links

As a foreigner living in Japan, you might find it difficult to get around if you do not speak, read and write Japanese. Not to mention, the cultural barrier which can present additional problems. However, here is a site that … Continue reading

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