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Located in Southwest Japan, Hiroshima is a historical city. Over the years, it has become a top destination for expatriation thanks to its mesmerizing landscape, surrounded by the sea and interspersed with mountains, rivers and plains, not to mention its mild and pleasant climate.

As a major industrial hub, Hiroshima is one of the country's most prosperous economies, providing many opportunities to expatriates.

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One of the world’s most contradictory and enigmatic countries, Japan is where the ancient and the modern not only meet, but they intertwine and blend into a truly unique concoction. Home to some of the latest scientific advances, multinational tech corporations and blossoming sakura gardens, “The Land of the Rising Sun” is a mystery any nomad would be lucky to explore.

Located on the west of the Honshu Island Hiroshima is one of the most famous cities in Japan. It is, unfortunately, most well-known as one of the two cities struck by an atomic bomb in 1945, and the city’s history is something that draws people to it. Its history, however, is not all that Hiroshima has to offer, and the city has many appealing aspects (including sports, famous food and suburb natural scenery) that make many expatriates want to live and work there.

As one of Japan's largest cities it is no surprise that Osaka has an equally large job market. Located in the Kansai region on the Honshu Island the city has many international/multinational companies, particularly in the education/ humanities fields but also in tourism, shipping and trade, retail and more. There are numerous job opportunities for expats in Osaka.

The economy of Kyoto is very strong and its main economic contribution comes from electronics. This is because the headquarters of top electrical companies like Nintendo, Omron and Nissen Electric are located in the city. Tourism, textile and automotive industries also make a significant contribution to the economy. Kyoto is also home to many educational institutions and thus education is another provider of the city’s economy. Finding a job in Kyoto should be fairly straightforward.

Though Japan has terrific public transportation services within the cities, once you hit the more rural areas it becomes a pain to get anywhere without a car and thus being able to drive is often a necessity. Driving in Japan may be quite a different experience from driving in your home country.

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Hiroshima Cock's-eye Blog

10 years ago

This blog reports on the activities of a group of Hiroshima-based foreigners & their Japanese friends who play 3-player mahjong. 3-player mahjong is a variation of the standard Japanese 4-player mahjong (some games of which are also reported here). Some of us also play Go, some play football, so those activities are also reported on and no opportunity is missed to digress onto other topics that have nothing to do with anything related to Mahjong, Igo, Football or Hiroshima...

Tales from Hiroshima

10 years ago

Musings from the everyday life of an expat wife in Hiroshima.

Lost in Transition

10 years ago

“Lost in Transition” is the story of an Ohio girl fumbling with chopsticks, avoiding squat toilets and marveling in general at all things strange and cute in Japan. Updated weekly, this blog gives a glimpse into the life of a former reporter turned English teacher as she confronts a tad of culture shock and seeks answers to mysterious questions like "What on earth is that stuff in my bento?" Plenty of photos and videos.

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