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What do you like about living in Japan?

What do you like about living in Japan ?


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okinawaholic

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to move to Miyako-jima
The development going on down there is crazy. It's making Miyakojimans flock here since their rent is skyrocketing.
I suppose you have a military job there?
Marine to 2 contractor positions to pass time.
retired but willing to work.
Now I'm a grifter living off retirement and enjoying it as I'm on the road 2-3 hours a day covering the island.
But save your money and buy a house with land if possible and grow some fruit trees.
Was waiting on that permanent as banks wouldn't touch me without 30-60% down, even on marriage. Now that I got it I'm pulling the trigger on land, after what I see is going to be a bubble pop with this unsustainable growth (2020-2022), which aligns with my daughter graduating high school (only thing holding me back now).

It's 200万円 per tsubo here; I could afford 5 and live in my car. :D

Where I'm eyeing is anywhere from 5万円 to 20万円 to get at least a quarter acre or more to which I plan on offsetting that investment with a 1-1.5千万円 container home which can be taken away after I'm dead and the property, hopefully 2-3x in value by then, subdivided to the fam with 1 or 2 fifty tsubo plots sold.

But until then, one or two containers will be used for kenneling strays (with a huge dog run) until they can be adopted. And, maybe mangos or something...

Only 2 more years till she graduates so coming soon.
 

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US Navy here(CTR3-HFDF). Stationed in Fukuoka in 1971-72 at our spy base there. I fell madly in love with Japan and my dream girl. I really wanted to live in Japan when I finished my 4 years. Trouble was , I was a gun nut who started shooting and hunting in 1955 and just could not bring myself to give it up. I ended up going back to Maine and my girlfriend refused to move to Maine , so in of that love story , LOL.
Frank, my wife doesn't want me to be adventurous in this country, so she kept me piss *** broke till I got SS. Sad story dude.
 

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The development going on down there is crazy. It's making Miyakojimans flock here since their rent is skyrocketing.

Marine to 2 contractor positions to pass time.

Now I'm a grifter living off retirement and enjoying it as I'm on the road 2-3 hours a day covering the island.

Was waiting on that permanent as banks wouldn't touch me without 30-60% down, even on marriage. Now that I got it I'm pulling the trigger on land, after what I see is going to be a bubble pop with this unsustainable growth (2020-2022), which aligns with my daughter graduating high school (only thing holding me back now).

It's 200万円 per tsubo here; I could afford 5 and live in my car. :D

Where I'm eyeing is anywhere from 5万円 to 20万円 to get at least a quarter acre or more to which I plan on offsetting that investment with a 1-1.5千万円 container home which can be taken away after I'm dead and the property, hopefully 2-3x in value by then, subdivided to the fam with 1 or 2 fifty tsubo plots sold.

But until then, one or two containers will be used for kenneling strays (with a huge dog run) until they can be adopted. And, maybe mangos or something...

Only 2 more years till she graduates so coming soon.


I know the rents now in okinawa are fairly high.
 

okinawaholic

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I know the rents now in okinawa are fairly high.
I got a pretty sweet ocean view deal locked in at 67,000 yen per month when I first moved in about 10 years ago. People moving in around me are paying up to 20,000 yen more plus parking (5000 yen) generally isn't included either.
 

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How are the schools there for your child?
Decent public schools, especially this area. It's a "richer" part of the city and thus they are afforded more opportunities (greater facility too). I've considered private schooling, but I can't justify the international rate of $7000 per year for a piece of paper after you graduate when the outcome is essentially the same, learning wise.
 

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I left Japan 15 years ago, after living there for six years (plus three years on military assignment in Tokyo). It was the right decision at the time, but I miss Japan intensely.

I like around 60% of the list, with a particular nod to the thriving consumer culture. Unlike here in the US, which has become depressingly devoid of variety and uniqueness, Japan had so much on offer. I hope that hasn't weakened while I've been away.

My Japanese wife and son recently went for a couple of weeks. It was his first time, and now he has the Japan bug too.
 
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