Taxes in Japan and Germany

First I worked and payed taxes in Germany. From 2016 on, in Japan. Time to think about the differences in paying taxes, and how they are used. I dislike doing taxes, would prefer if everything would be deducted automatically.. but taxes are there to stay. The differences between both contries are interesting! Income tax in Germany In Germany, income taxes are automatically deducted from the monthly wages. One a year, [Read More]

Visa and permanent residency in Japan

Background: I’m a German, living in Japan. Details are here. The visitor visa In March 2008, I went to Japan for the first time. For 3 month I would live and work in Tokyo. As German citizen, or being from other 1st world countries, that is easy: for business as well as holiday you can get a visa for staying up to 3 months in Japan. No application in advance [Read More]
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What are Japanese Onsen and Ryokan like? What's onsen travel?

Onsen? Ryokan? Japan being on the intersection of seismic plates is leading to earthquakes, but also to hot water which is used in bathes, so called Onsen. A Ryokan is a traditional style of hotel in Japan, with tatami mat covered rooms, often a bath attached, including good meals and services like preparing futon beds in the evening for visitors. Japanese sometimes go to Onsenmeguri, which means ‘travel with stay [Read More]