Learn from the experiences of other expats and make new friends in our disccussion forums and Facebook groups
The Expat Focus Guide to Moving Abroad contains everything you need to know when planning an international relocation available now, completely free
Insurance, FX and international movers
The Expat Focus podcast features interviews with expats living abroad and service providers meeting their needs subscribe today!
From our tax, investment and FX partners

Japan > Expat Experiences

 (share your experience here)


Adam Fayed, Tokyo

Published Friday July 27, 2018 (10:48:18)
Adam Fayed
Who are you?

I am Adam, from the UK, and I live in Japan, and have previously lived in China, Cambodia and Indonesia.    more ...


Jonathan, Tokyo

Published Thursday July 30, 2015 (17:54:10)
Who are you?

My name is Jonathan, originally from the UK, and live in central Tokyo writing about some of the more curious aspects of Japan in my blog after being a full-time expat working in Sports, Luxury and Automotive over the years.    more ...


Annabelle, Tochigi

Published Monday March 09, 2015 (03:34:53)
Who are you?

Hi! My name is Annabelle. I'm a 24 year old woman from Wellington, New Zealand. I write a blog about my experiences called Origami Kiwi.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I've always had an interest in languages, travel, and teaching. With that in mind, after graduating from university I applied to the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. In August 2013 I was accepted, and moved to Tochigi prefecture, Japan. I came here as an assistant language teacher, and I'm still here teaching English in a senior high school.

What challenges did you face during the move?    more ...


André Moreira, Japan

Published Tuesday February 04, 2014 (06:17:42)
Who are you?

I'm André, 23-year-old, Portuguese!

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

Ever since my childhood I grew interest for Japan. From the anime to the culture, from the culture to the language, and from the language to the society itself. After finishing my Computer Engineering University Course in Portugal, in March 2012, I decided to change my life and pursue my dream of studying and living in Japan, because it was an experience I wanted to have, and I somehow felt that Japan would have an important role in my future.    more ...


Erica Knecht, Kyushu

Published Wednesday November 30, 2011 (00:46:58)
Erica Knecht
Hi, I’m Erica Knecht, mother, trailing spouse, freelance writer, and lover of airports and train stations. I’m originally Canadian, but I’ve lived in six different countries, and currently call Kyushu in Southern Japan “home.”

The first time I moved abroad I was sixteen. As a starry-eyed teenager with an ardent case of wanderlust, I did a semester abroad in the South of France. I did two more stints in France before moving on to India, Switzerland, China and beyond.

Most recently, I found myself in Japan at the behest of my husband’s career.    more ...


Jerrmarco Rhodes, Hekinan-shi (City)

Published Wednesday November 30, 2011 (00:41:18)
Jerrmarco Rhodes
I'm Jerrmarco Rhodes from Atlanta, Ga, USA. I live in the Aichi prefecture, Hekinan-shi(City) in Japan. I'm an expert on learning languages. I speak English Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, expert on expat living and a world traveler.

I've always wanted to live in a foreign country ever since I started learning foreign languages. While I was in college, I started learning Japanese and wanted to improve my language skills, so instead of studying abroad programs which limits the length of stay in most cases for up to one year, I chose to wait until after graduation and go to Japan for at least 3 years or more. After job searching and finally finding a great company, I went to Japan in August 2008 and I'm still here.    more ...

Copyright © 2019 Expat Focus. All Rights Reserved. Use of this website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use/Privacy Policy. Comments are property of their posters.
Interactive software released under GNU GPL, Code Credits, Privacy Policy