Japan is a country with a unique and rich culture but also a curiosity in and hospitality to people from other counties. It is one of the safest countries in the world, and is one of the most convenient and affordable places to live. Due to its declining population and desire to maintain itself as a key player on the global stage, the Japanese government has very recently made changes to its immigration policy, making it easier than ever for non-Japanese people to come to Japan for extended periods of time to work, study, and settle down in Japan.
Living in Japan
Japan has gained international recognition as one of the most livable countries in the world. Living in Japan is: convenient, with efficient transportation systems in its major cities, safe, where young children walk to and from school on their own, and affordable, with cheap rent & food options available in addition to a low-cost but high-quality universal health care system.
Japanese Culture, Geography, and History
Japan is an island country with a rich and unique culture, history and cuisine that developed for many millennia in isolation from the outside world. In addition, the islands and landmasses of Japan are atop four tectonic plates, resulting in diverse landscapes & mountains, and are in a relatively north-south orientation, resulting in diverse climates from snow in the north to subtropical conditions in the south. The many aspects of Japan to explore include its language, belief systems & philosophies, cuisine, traditional architecture, beautiful nature, traditional paintings & visual arts, traditional performing arts (theatre, dance, and music), traditional clothing, and martial arts.
With the recent decreasing population of Japan, coupled the desire to strengthen its presence on the global stage, the government of Japan has very recently updated many of its policies surrounding immigration, allowing more non-Japanese people than ever to stay in Japan for longer periods of time or indefinitely through new Japanese visa regimes and their requirements. In addition, more career opportunities in Japan have opened up with a stark increase in hiring of non-Japanese people into Japanese companies, in many cases as a response to the labour shortage, but also as a means to diversify their teams, widen their perspectives, and gain a competitive edge both within Japan and the globe.
Modern Japanese Pop-Culture
Modern Japanese pop culture distinguishes itself from the rest of the world and is one the most leading popular cultures in the world. The most prominent aspects of Japanese pop culture include Japanese anime & manga, film & television, fashion, video games, food, music (including j-pop & j-rock), idol groups, karaoke and maid cafes. Such aspects of Japanese subculture continue to amaze and gain the attention of people all over the world, and in many cases become the initial spark of interest in Japan, leading to learning the Japanese language, connecting with Japanese people, and engaging in activities in or with Japan and Japanese organizations.