Six reasons why you should move to Japan

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Nicknamed the “Land of the Rising Sun”, Japan is without a doubt one of the world's top expat destinations. By 2020, the country is planning to introduce a new electronic system for tourist visa applications but aiming to extend it to other types of visas. With tourism as an economic pillar, Japan's goal is to achieve 60 million international arrivals every year by 2030. If you're still wondering what is so unique about Japan, here are six good reasons why you should move there.

A thriving economy

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With nearly 127 million inhabitants, Japan is one of the world's most populous and prosperous countries. It's the third largest economy in the world and should remain so until 2022. Japan can boast of a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 5.2 trillion USD in spite of a 0.5% growth rate. It ranks 30th for economic freedom and 8th in the Asia-Pacific region, with a GDP per capita of $ 41,275. The Japanese economy mainly relies on automotive, electronics and manufacturing. The country also stands out in the field of precision and high-tech equipment like robotics, optical instruments and hybrid vehicles. Industrial and manufacturing hubs like Kansai and Kanto make a significant contribution to the national economy. It's also worth noting that Japan is one of the world's leading creditors, with an annual trade surplus and a surplus of net international investment.

Jobs are available

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Japan is an attractive destination for foreign professionals from around the world. It's one of the wealthiest countries in the world despite the high cost of living. Even though you will have to work a minimmum of 40 hours a week, the minimum wage is high. In Tokyo, for example, you can expect around 3,000 USD per month. Japan can boast of a low unemployment rate (3,1%) compared to other countries. There are career prospects in a range of fields including education, tourism, entertainment and language teaching. Foreign languages like English, French, and even Spanish and German, are increasingly popular.

It's easy to start a business

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Have you ever dreamed of starting a business in Japan? Today, opportunities are abundant in a range of fields including automotive, retail, biotechnology, healthcare, environment, and information and communication technology within a vibrant and open market. Foreign talent is highly valued in Japan. The vast independent technology hubs are a real pool for those having innovative projects as these benefit from government incentives. Moreover, procedures relating to setting up a business, licensing and incorporation are rather straightforward. While there are many benefits to obtaining an investor visa for Japan, registering as a "kojin jigyo", dubbed individual entrepreneur, frees you from any work restrictions. Permanent residents, foreign spouses or children of Japanese national, as well as holders of work visas are also eligible for the "kojin jigyo".

A vibrant social life

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If you had to relocate to Japan, you would probably choose a big city like Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka or Nagoya, and you're right. Living in one of these dynamic cities also means enjoying a vibrant social life with activities for everyone, including artistic and cultural events and festivals going on almost all year round. Tokyo is the leading arts, culinary and fashion hub in Japan. Besides its historical and cultural heritage, the country has a lot to offer, including gardens, temples, shrines, imperial palaces, theatres and museums. Disneyland Tokyo, the Tokyo Tower and DisneySea are some of the must-sees in the capital city. Major cities have not only a modern and developed infrastructure but also an excellent public transport network, so you don't have to worry about getting around. Along with the bustling nightlife, the coffee culture in Japan makes it easier for expats to adapt and expand their social circle even when they don't know the Japanese language.

Healthy living

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Japan has one of the world's best healthcare systems with modern and equipped public and private hospitals and clinics in all major cities. Today, life expectancy at birth stands at 83.8 years! Infant mortality rate is also low. Health insurance is universal and financed by employer contributions, trade unions and government subsidies, but that's not all. The Japanese are very conscious of the importance of healthy living. Sports activities and healthy food are essential. The world famous Japanese cuisine consists mainly of fruits, seafood, vegetables, rice and noodles. Rich in antioxidants, green tea is also part of local traditions. By moving to Japan, you will not only get the chance to learn Tai Chi but also enjoy a wide range of physical activities with green spaces, parks and many beautiful natural landscapes to explore.

A safe place to live in

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With a very low crime rate, Japan is one of the world's safest places to live in – which probably explains the growing number of international arrivals year after year. Obviously, you're advised to be careful as in any other country. In the larger cities, some neighbourhoods may look less safe than others, but in general, it's safe to move around both during the day and at night. Rest assured that's there's very low risk of being assaulted or harassed in the street. Moreover, you might be surprised that people come to find you to remit your lost wallet or handbag intact! Living in a peaceful country, the Japanese are warm, friendly and helpful people.