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Telling Stories to Learn Kanji

Telling Stories to Learn Kanji

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Meaningful Combinations After mastering hiragana and katakana, Japanese learners move on to kanji. This can be a daunting phase of the learning process, though, with thousands and thousands of characters to absorb. The key, though, is to start with the simple ones—and to realize early on that even the more challenging kanji are often composed of those simple, pictographic parts. Some kanji are like pictures or straightforward representations of things. Two such characters are 田, which means “field” or “rice paddy,” and 木, meaning “tree.” Most, however, are made up of two or more parts. First-graders in Japan study 田 and 力, the kanji for “strength” (one theory says that 力 shows a bent arm flexing muscles on the right). Putting the two together creates another first-grade kanji: 男, or a ...
What is the Japanese Residence Card?

What is the Japanese Residence Card?

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With the introduction of new Immigration law from July 9, 2012, a Resident Card replaced the Alien Registration Card. For those arriving in Japan with the Certificate of Eligibility, a Resident Card will be issued upon arrival at the airport (Narita, Haneda, Kansai, Nagoya, New Chitose, Hiroshima and Fukuoka). New Resident Card is issued each time you renew or change your visa status. Under the new system, there is no visa stamp in your passport, so your Residence Card is the proof of your visa in Japan. For those who are already resident in Japan, a new card will be issued at the time of the next visa renewal (or change of visa status). It is required to report the change of your personal address to the city hall. When you move, it is required to report the departure to th...
Benefits of Permanent Resident in Japan

Benefits of Permanent Resident in Japan

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Status will not be expired Once you become a permanent resident, the status will not be expired. You are no longer required to extend it. However the following should be noted: - Residence Card itself still has to be renewed: in every seven years (or by 16 year old birthday for a holder younger than 16). For more details see MOJ page of “Application for extension of the valid period of the residence card (in Japanese)” - Permanent Resident status can be revoked: A permanent resident is still a foreign national, unlike naturalization changing nationality to Japanese. In other words, a permanent resident maintains a home country to go or be deported back. A permanent resident therefore is subject to status revocation and deportation in the following cases, like other resident statues....
Requirements Permanent Resident in Japan

Requirements Permanent Resident in Japan

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The requirements that you need to satisfy for the Permanent Resident visa application are : - Good behavior and conduct (no criminal records or traffice offense, payment of taxes...) - Having sufficient assets or ability to make an independent living (stable job, enough savings...) - Satisfying all the requirements to maintain the current visa status (maintaining an appropriate job in case of a work visa holder, maintaining a stable marriage in case of a spoues visa holder for example) - 10 years of consecutive residence in Japan, which should include 5 years of residence under a work visa or those granted according to the family status (Spouse of Japanese national, Long Term Resident...) - Currently having the longest period of stay (3 years in most cases) - Having paid ta...
Advantages and Disadvantages of PR Visa in Japan

Advantages and Disadvantages of PR Visa in Japan

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The benefits of the Permanent Resident visa are: - No restriction in the kind of activities you can engage in - No more visa renewal, the Permanent Resident visa is valid for life (although it is still necessary to renew the Residence Card and Re-- entry Permit if you will be outside of Japan for more than one year) - Easier to get loans from Japanese banks One possible downside of the Permanent Resident visa may be the tax implication for some. Generally in Japan, the scope of taxation on income is defined by the number of years that one has resided in Japan, and is not linked to the specific type of visa held (in other words, changing over to the Permanent Resident visa does not directly change the tax classification that one falls under). However, as your residency in ...