Living in Japan - a challenge for foreign residents

In Mujin we have employees from 20 different nationalities, we are pretty diverse and share our own interests, habits, and characteristics. And the best thing about us is that we are all equal, we are engaging with an open mind without any racial critics. And we are all communicating in English! By using one language employees communicating freely with each other across border and culture, improving productivity and sharing of ideas. In Mujin we strive to support our internationals living in Japan through our friendly Japanese and foreign coworkers’ personal experience and knowledge.
But this is Mujin, and what about the country itself?
The charm of Japan is constantly growing in western world. Recently, Japan became popular not only for the best-known subculture (anime, manga or the kawaii culture), but also for its unique traditions. More and more people would like to live in the county of Geisha and Samurai.

What makes this country challenging?
You have to consider various practical matters (e.g. how to rent a house, use a mobile phone, open a bank account) and take in consideration the effort required to fit in a very different society.
Japan is well-known for one of the lowest rates of criminality. Without surprise, Tokyo is in the top of the safest cities in the world.
Some foreign people are also afraid of natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoon or tsunami. Even though Japan is characterized by a frequent seismic activity, the actual danger is very low.
Living in Japan is an exciting and fulfilling experience. You will be welcomed by friendly and polite people that will kindly introduce you to their fascinating culture and traditions. Fun experiences, delicious food with interesting design texture, advanced technology and safe cities will become part of your daily life. Mostly if you can speak Japanese then you will get this experience but even if a Japanese person you met cannot speak English, he/she will try to help you anyway (google translator or find a person you can speak English). As an advice, try to as flexible as possible.

If you are foreign resident in Japan:
🔸You get called by your first name (last name thing is a secret weapon for locals)
🔸You are asked whether you can eat with chopsticks almost every day
🔸You are expected to speak English. Nothing else
🔸You freak out people if you speak Japanese and get upset when people assume that you don’t
🔸You have troubles with making a credit card
🔸You will have a hard time finding big sized shoes or right sleeve length cloth
🔸You will find yourself eating rice with everything. And ask for it even when you are back to your home
🔸People won’t stare at you, just look once in a while.

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