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DVD & Video

DVDs are set to Region 2, encoded using the NTSC system. Region 2 DVDs from Europe (encoded using PAL) will not work on regular systems. Region-free DVD players are rarely advertised, but are sometimes sold at Costco, regular electronics stores or video/DVD rental shops. The LG DVP-EX30 can be bought online for ¥11,993. Videos use the …

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TV & Radio

NHK is Japan’s public broadcasting company. It is free of advertising and, like the BBC, funded by a mandatory reception fee charged equally to all households with at least one TV set. The fee is ¥1395/ month. The fee increases if you decide to use a broadcast satellite system (also known as a BS). You …

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Internet Service

Traditional Options ADSL, Cable and Fiber services are available in most areas and generally come with no data restrictions. Speeds of 100 Mbit/sec should be possible anywhere. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can also provide telephone service or cable TV, and bundling several services from one company is cheaper than piecing them together. The first one …

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Cell Phones

Cell phones, or keitai denwa (携帯電話) are often heavily discounted, or even free, when you sign up as a new customer. The phones themselves are then paid off over your contract period (generally 12 or 24 months). Upgrading mid-contract can therefore be very expensive. See the First Month Checklist for what you need to bring when registering for service. Keitai …

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Landline Telephone

There is probably a landline already installed in your home, and chances are you will simply take over paying your predecessor’s bills. If there is no line and you would like one, talk to your supervisor. Family overseas will likely urge you to have one as it’s cheaper to call a landline number than a …

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Clothing Care

Moth balls and  De-humidifier boxes (shikketori) can be placed in closets and dresser drawers to prevent deterioration of clothes. The slight odor of moth balls will be offset by having hole-free clothing. Washing machines. The lack of an agitator in most machines means that clothes will likely be in one big ball at the end of the wash …

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Housing

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