Your guide to expat life in Japan

Welcome to the Land of the Rising Sun

A global powerhouse of innovation, Japan’s fascinating history, rich traditions and diverse geography create a unique expat experience.

Business is booming in this dynamic Asian nation where efficiency and politeness dwell alongside charming cultural idiosyncrasies. Futuristic skyscrapers dominate crowded cities – and there are surprises around every corner.

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Quick Facts

  • Population: About 127 million
  • Capital City: Tokyo
  • Neighbouring Japan: China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia
  • Main language: Japanese
  • Time: GMT+9

Embrace the cultural differences! Japan is a fabulous country with lovely people.

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Relocation Checklist

Our checklists give you a comprehensive overview of the kinds of things you need to do before you move and also what to consider in your first few months in your new country.

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