With high-tech infrastructure across the country, expats should have no trouble keeping in touch in Japan. The island nation is known for its advanced technology, so finding ways to communicate with loved ones back home is easy and affordable. It's worth noting that some services require a Japanese bank account or credit card to set up, and some may also require a residency card.
Internet in Japan
A number of different internet service providers exist across Japan, all offering different services and high-speed internet. Prices vary by type of service, term of contract and current promotions. Some providers have better English-language support than others, with Sakura Fiber Internet being a frequently recommended option for expats. Major providers include NTT Docomo and Asahi Net.
WiFi hotspots can also be found throughout Japan (and can be especially useful while waiting for internet access at home). These are plentiful in major city centres, operating from various locations such as coffee shops, hotels and subway stations.
Mobile phones in Japan
Japan is a leader in mobile phone technology, and with cheaper VoIP and mobile options becoming more popular, landline telephones are slowly being phased out. Softbank, NTT Docomo and AU are the three main mobile providers. Both contract and prepaid options are available with prices and plans varying by company, phone, plan, contract and current promotions.
Postal services in Japan
Japan Post is the country's national postage service and, like much in the country, it's efficient and reliable. International and local shipping costs are reasonable. Various commercial courier services are also available, including FedEx and DHL.
Print media in Japan
Japan has a rich culture of print media, with numerous newspapers and magazines available both locally and nationally. It boasts some of the highest newspaper circulations in the world. For English-speaking expats, The Japan Times and The Japan News offer comprehensive news coverage in English. Magazines catering to a variety of interests, from fashion to technology, are also widely available. Bookshops and convenience stores typically stock a wide array of print media.