An excellent Japanese kanji book recommendation for people who want to improve their chances of understanding a Japanese newspaper.
The book contains the 1,000 most important kanji compounds found in Japanese newspapers. Although the book is rather old and is now out of print, it is still a very valid publication worth having on your shelf.
You can usually get living guides in print at ward offices and international centers and the such, however the most convenient way is usually to just look at them online (I still recommend getting one in print though… you never know when you’ll need the information in a disaster when there is no power/internet connectivity etc.).
Still can’t find the information you need?
If you don’t find the detailed information you require for more complex situations, then the guide will at least be able to point you in the right direction, or provide you with a contact point. Make sure you check out the back pages for contact numbers and addresses.
Many cities also offer a free interpreter service for civic matters. Make sure you ask your local ward office if you’re ever stuck (although they should offer the service to you regardless). If you have to ask in Japanese, say tsūyaku onegaishimasu （通訳お願いします）.
The type of areas covered in these guides can vary, but they can be summarised as below;
Marriage, Divorce, Residence Issues
Hospitals, Insurance, Pensions
Waste Separation and Collection
Children and Education
Elderly and Disabled Persons
Earthquakes, Typhoons, and Floods
Contacting Ward Offices
How do you separate all the different types of rubbish?
Who do you contact for tax matters?
What is a local health center and where is your closest one?
Jgram – Short for “A great website for learning Japanese grammar”
Grammar is not everyone’s favorite part of language learning. We all know that. How do you go about learning all the different structures in Japanese? There are so many different structures, and looking them up can be a real challenge sometimes. Many don’t have English equivalents, and using a dictionary is almost always useless.
You can apply for the lump-sum withdrawal payments if you have the Japanese public pension coverage periods for 6 months or longer. Once you receive your payments, however, your coverage periods for the basis of the payments entitlement will no longer be valid to apply for other Japanese benefits.