How to Get a New Passbook from Mitsui Sumitomo Bank

Going to a bank in Japan and getting a passbook is not a great and exciting experience to write a blog post but there are two reasons for this post. Today during the lunch break, I went to the Mitsui Sumitomo Banking Corporation, SMBC branch…

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Shunbun-no-hi, the Day People Offer Food to the Departed Souls

The spring starts from today. The morning sun was bright when I woke up at 6 in the morning. When going to bed yesterday, I was prepared to sleep until 9 in the morning, but in the middle, got a phone call from Google (unknown…

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Do We Need to Prepare for an Earthquake and Tsunami?

March 11. Woke up as usual. While sipping black coffee and watching television in the morning, my little daughter asked about the cause of the tsunami on March 11, 2011. I tried to explain to her that the tsunami on March 11 happened due to the…

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Cross-Border Marriages on the Raise in Japan

Has Japan started shedding its obsession with homogeneous racial society? If data from government records and the news reports can be taken into account, there are indications towards growing number of cross-border marriages. Government data released recently says that one in every twenty-nine babies born…

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Why Japanese Population is Declining?

Recent newspaper reports suggest declining population of Japan. In fact, the reports indicating the lower birth rates and declining population has been in the air for a while, but for the first time, there was an official declaration from the Japanese census bureau that Japan’s…

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What If I Were A Muslim?

I was on a transit at Hong Kong airport from a flight that came from Dubai. My final destination was Tokyo, Japan. Coming out of the flight I was a bit confused to find the direction and after looking at the display started proceeding to…

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Hike in Consumption Tax and its Effect on Cost of Living in Japan

The Japanese economy has been shrinking and it showed negative growth this year for the third consecutive year. One of the reasons attributed to this phenomenon is reduced spending in the market by consumers. Government authorities blame this on the global economy, which is sluggish…

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Learn to Write and Remember Numbers in Japanese Kanji

Learning Japanese Kanji is one of the toughest areas in the process of Japanese language learning, especially for Non-Chinese foreigners in Japan. Kanji has its origin in China and hence for Chinese people, that toughest part of the learning is discounted heavily. I have been…

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Americans Reject Sin-Stained Products

Every product or food that pass through the hands of exploited labors, be it from any part of the globe, will have the wetness of their sufferings. Giving an opportunity to sell those products in United States is also a kind of encouraging those exploiters. United…

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Be Careful When You Bite a Chocolate

BBC reports today that the U.S based confectionery company Mars has ordered to recall their chocolate products in 55 countries after one customer in Germany claimed pieces of plastic he found in a Snickers bar he bought. The plastic was traced back to the Mars…

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Is Sleeping at Office Legally Allowed in Japan?

Japan is known to many foreigners as country with workaholic people, who stay at office until late night and then rush to office next day early morning. Government offices are well disciplined and punctual in Japan. Though the official time starts at 8:30 am at…

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Open Defecation is a War Against the Society

There was a catchy news from India about a 104-year-old woman from a village in Chhattisgarh’s Dhamtari district who sold her goats for constructing toilets at her home. The most amazing thing is that the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi in a function touched…

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Remind Yourself Why You were Angry Before You Get Carried Away by it

Japanese economy continued to shrink for the subsequent quarter. For the quarter ended in December 2015, a -0.4% growth was reported. As the news came out, financial analysts and opponents of Abenomics started to sense the end of Government’s financial policies. Government led by Prime…

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