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Arudou Debito's Guidebook for Relocation and Assimilation into Japan [Kindle Edition]

Debito Arudou
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Book Description

Are you interested in living in Japan? Not visiting as a tourist -- actually living in Japan with a secure visa and a stable job.

Would you like to set up your own business and found your own corporation? Or understand how Japan’s salary system or health insurance works? What Japan’s minimum labor standards are, and the legal differences between part-time and full-time employment? How to write a Last Will and Testament in Japan, or hold a culturally-sensitive funeral? Or would you like to give something back to Japan’s civil society by founding your own non-profits or NGOs?

How about getting some advice on how to deal with some unexpected problems, such as handling workplace disputes, dealing with police, going to court, even going through a divorce?

Would you like to become a Permanent Resident or even a Japanese citizen?

GUIDEBOOK will offer information on all this and more. Written by 25-year resident and naturalized Japanese citizen Arudou Debito, GUIDEBOOK’s information has been called “the fullest and consequently the best" by Japan Times Book Reviewer Donald Richie, and garnered praise from other Japan specialists such as John Lie, Jeff Kingston, and Alex Kerr.

GUIDEBOOK has been newly updated for 2013, to include the 2012 reforms to Japan's Immigration Laws. Now for the first time in eBook format, GUIDEBOOK is here to help you with nuts-and-bolts advice to establish a good life in this wonderful country, Japan!

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  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of like a website, but a useful one June 29, 2014
By Seina
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The eBook edition has romaji for all the names of the ministries and government departments while the print edition apparently is bilingual according to the last page of the book. When we're paying $19.99 for an eBook, it would be nice to know that before buying. It makes this version less convenient for practical use when I have to look up all the words to see the kanji so I have the form I'll actually be seeing in Japan.

The explanation of Japan's visa system has a better version than on the government's website. Some things I had serious misconceptions about. Like for example I mistakenly thought that the visa and the SOR were the same thing and this book cleared that up for me. I feel like the first part of the book could be greatly expanded for some of the visa statuses. It could be it's own book all about the experience of coming to Japan and getting a job. If somebody has already written a reference book about moving to Japan to work at an eikaiwa, for many people the only way to Japan, I'd like to read it.

On some of the pages the tables are hard to see. I like the tables, but they fill up multiple pages of the computer screen and when I look at them on a phone I can only guess at what it it's supposed to look like inside Kindle's clunky reader (still no continuous scrolling).

I think some of the explanations of what a sole proprietorship, a corporation, and a non-profit organization is could have been omitted. It goes a little beyond the scope of the book. People should just look business terms up or take a management class.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was very informative.
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More About the Author

Dr. ARUDOU, Debito, formerly Dave Aldwinckle, was born in Walnut Creek, California, raised in Geneva, New York, and graduated from Cornell University, the University of California San Diego, and Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. Trained in international relations, political science, public policy and business, he first visited Japan in 1986, staying in Sapporo permanently from 1991.

Dr. Arudou was soon known for his activism against discrimination towards foreign educators in Japanese academia. He later more famously got involved in a campaign against onsen (public hot spring baths) in a nearby city called Otaru in 1999. Several establishments there and elsewhere in Hokkaido had put up "Japanese Only" signs, refusing entry to all "foreigners" (including one of his Japanese daughters). When an Otaru onsen still refused Arudou entry despite his taking out Japanese citizenship in 2000, he sued for racial discrimination with a group of foreign plaintiffs, in a landmark case that went all the way to Japan's Supreme Court. Arudou wrote about this experience in book "JAPANESE ONLY" (2003) in English and Japanese, which has come out in an updated Tenth Anniversary Edition as a Kindle eBook.

So that others could follow in his footsteps and make a better life for themselves in Japan, Dr. Arudou also co-wrote with legal scrivener Akira Higuchi the "HANDBOOK FOR NEWCOMERS, MIGRANTS, AND IMMIGRANTS TO JAPAN" (2008, 2nd Ed. and eBook 2013). He has also written since 2008 a regular monthly newspaper column for The Japan Times called JUST BE CAUSE, managed an award-winning web archive called since 1996, and written about another important but understudied issue, child abductions after divorces in Japan, in his nonfiction novel "IN APPROPRIATE: A Novel of Culture, Kidnapping and Revenge in Modern Japan" (2011, eBook 2013). Awarded in 2012 an Affiliate Scholar position at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, he received a Ph.D. in 2014 for researching "Embedded Racism and Japan's Visible Minorities".

He has several more books in mind (including a forthcoming book from his doctoral dissertation), so stay tuned.


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