Where to stay?

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Accommodation/Housing in Japan

LIST OF HOTELS/GUEST HOUSES

Short-Term: Ryokan are Japanese style Bed-and-breakfasts in traditional Japanese house with tatami mat floors. Guests are provided with a Japanese robe called a Yukata and Japanese meals (usually breakfast, lunch and dinner options are avaialable). http://www.japaneseguesthouses.com/index.htm Youth
Hostels
are clean and cheap, but not always conveniently located.http://www.shukubo.jp/eng/index.htmlWestern-style Hotels are convenient and comfortable though rooms sometimes could be smaller than your expectations rakuten hotel reservation.
Long-Term: Renting an apartment is the most common option unless you stay in company residence or at a facility specially established for foreign residents, sometimes called a foreign guest house (http://jafplaza.com/, http://www.sakura-house.com/index.htm),http://www.japanhomesearch.com/
http://www.kencorp.com/ http://www.century21japan.com/getting_settled/housing_issues.html.
Public housing/kodan Tokyo Public Housing Lottery. Your ward office information desk should also help you .

 

 

Healthcare

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Health /Insurance/ Hospital
Japan offers National Health Insurance and some other options, which can cover your medical expenses. http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/
English speaking healthcare facilities, http://tokyo.usembassy.gov/e/acs/tacs-7119.html
Other information, http://www.ryu.titech.ac.jp/kyosei/en_contentslist.html.
Travel insurance; http://www.insuremytrip.com/products-1000-0-0-43.html
National Health Insurance (NHI)/Kokumin Kenko Hoken, http://www.kokuho.or.jp/english/index.htm

Social Insurance/Kenko Hoken done by your employer, http://www.acojapan.com/japaneseinsurance.htm

Growing Jobs in Recession Time

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During the recession, where many sectors have lost jobs some of the sectors have actually seen job growths. The two important sectors are health-care and education, particularly the private teachings in English language. While the former is perhaps related to more number of patients for various reason, the latter is for seeking jobs overseas.