Living in Japan(266 Posts)
[[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/9131914/Japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-anniversary-30-powerful-images-of-the-disaster.html Three years ago today, this hour, devastation struck the coast of north east Japan.
15,884 people lost their lives, and three years later, 2636 people are still unaccounted for, their bodies still not returned to their families.
there are also still 270,000 evacuees, who cannot return to their homes, and workers are still battling to keep the Fukushima nuclear reactor under control.
The suffering continues
Thinking about all those who lost their lives...and all those who continue bravely with their lives even under the most trying circumstances.
Apologies. Am not in Japan, am in Uk.
£370 sounds like a lot in any culture!
I know the question was asked ages ago, but I lived in Japan from 2008-2010 and apparently had a contract for a USB Internet stick, even though I had though it was 18 months, apparently it was automatically extended at the end because I ticked some sort of box. Anyways, there were a few months outstanding and they tried to charge it to my expired credit card, and I had to dispute it. I disputed it with the credit card company and the charges were cancelled because the company couldn't prove they should have been charging me, as I had written to them to cancel the damn thing.
I know it's not quite the same thing, but I don't think it can effect you legally when returning to Japan!
(Sorry to pop in like this, but also I want to say that I completely understand the loneliness, mirai. Being a foreigner in a place like Japan can be very difficult, and sometimes even with all the support of a tightly knit expat community you just want to go home. It's why I went back to Canada in 2010!)
Hello everyone, thought I'd say hi after mirai kindly reminded me about this thread!
I've been very busy as I'm now 34 weeks pregnant and finishing work in 3 weeks so just working like a crazy person and sweltering in the Tokyo summer!
Went to Shimoda for the last couple of days and so amused at Japanese beach behaviour! They are so prepared, everyone rocks up with a tent to protect them from the sun, several camp chairs, a massive cool box full of drinks, huge picnic, etc etc
Sorry I can't help re mobile phone contracts, I only just finally got one 6 months ago having lived here a couple years!
I'd be up for a meetup subject to timings with work and babyHooya!
I don't know if/how any information about unpaid bills is passed to the authorities here
For mobile phones, it isn't (touches wood).
When I finished with docomo, they sent me a final bill, which I paid, although it was unusually low. Then a couple of months later, they sent a new bill for the difference, which I paid reluctantly.
Then they sent me a bill for late payment, on the grounds that I was two months late settling my bill
And about five reminders when I ignored the late payment demand.
Two years on, they seem to have given up.
Oh dear, that two year contract does ring a bell! I vaguely remember us all discussing how we would pay off the final year of it if we had returned to the UK. Oh no
I think we were with Softbank. I don't have the money to pay them back at the moment but want to because its a horrible feeling having this potential mystery debt hanging over me abroad haha! Thank you for the advice, I didn't think about actually contacting them doh! I will look into whether they have an English line and see if I can speak to someone. If its only Japanese, I'm buggered for now as I can only remember the basics eek!
Hopefully if I get it sorted I won't be banned or blacklisted in someway. I would love to take dd there when she is older so will be gutted if my bad memory has fudged that thank you for offering to do research for me that's really kind. Hope you are enjoying your hols!
Hi everyone! I posted this in chat but was advised that posting here might be a good idea too!
I lived in Japan for four months a couple of years back and came home for Christmas with the plan to return in the new year but I got ill and couldn't go back. At the time my mind wasn't on Japan or any of my obligations I'd left there so I never chased up any loose ends. I just realised the other day that I had a 12 month phone contract for a mobile and obviously, the phone stayed with me in the UK and I didn't pay for the last eight months. Does this mean I have an outstanding debt over there? Will this affect any holidays or opportunities of living there in the future? Will I be banned from Japan? How can I fix it?
I spent two years there and loved every minute. The food, takes a bit of getting used to but very soon get to love it. Work was fantastic, everybody so nice and polite.
Just don't mention the war, can easily get into something you wish you had never started. Take your Kindle with you or better still buy one out there, all the electronic things are much cheaper and more up to date out there, if you are not going to be working make sure you have plenty to do, there are lots of nice places to visit. Wish I was going back.
There is no middle ground regarding discipline of children in Japan. It either takes the form of beating the shit out of them, or pleading with them to stop doing whatever it is they're doing wrong.
Not always, but I have seen both extremes far too often.
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