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Information below is an excerpt from one of the useful books on Japan, Business Passport to Japan by Sue Shinomiya and Brain Szepkouski.

What's More Expensive in Japan?
(copyrighted © Business Passport to Japan)

Gasoline: about three to four times higher than in the U.S.  This affects the price of virtually everything else.
Trains: especially bullet trains.  A trip from Tokyo to Osaka costs about the same as a plane ticket.
Coffee: in a swank hotel, coffee can cost as much as Y1,500 (about US$15).  You are paying for using the space and partaking of the ambiance more than for the beverage.
Rental cars: as mucha s Y20,000 (US$200) a day for an ordinary car
Road Tolls: a long jaunt to the countryside might cost as much as Y30,000 (US$300).

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Our exclusive interview with Richard C. Koo, Chief Economist of Nomura Research Institute in Japan and award-winner of the Abramson Award by the National Association of Business Economics, Washington, D.C. in 2001.  Mr. Koo talks about his new book entitled Balance Sheet Recession: Japan's Struggle with Uncharted Economics and its Global Implication.

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Nationals of many countries are eligible to enter Japan without a visa unless the purpose of the visit is to reside in Japan, to obtain employment or to otherwise engage in remunerative activities.

For a period of 6 months or less:Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK citizens only)
For a period of 3 months or less: Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal (except when the passport was originally issued in present or former Portuguese colonies), San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay
For a period of 90 days or less:Andorra, Australia, Barbados, Czech Rep., Estonia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Monaco, New Zealand, Poland and the U.S.A.

>Airports in Japan

The climate in Japan is very seasonable, but it also varies dramatically from the north to the south.  Japan has four distinct seasons. Summer is hot and humid. In winter, it snows a lot on the Sea of Japan side, but is dry on the Pacific Ocean side. The rainy season lasts about 40 days during the months of June and July.  August to October is the typhoon season in Japan.

The best time to travel in Japan is early or mid-April or in late-October. The temperatures are mild and there is not too much rain at that time.

>Insight Japan

Business Insight Japan

An on-line magazine about IT business in Japan

Global Window
An on-line business guide to Japan sponsored by the Anderson School at UCLA

Bridge to Japan
A large internet directory on Japanese subjects

Gateways to Information on Japan
A list of websites on Japanese business and other subjects.

Japan Guide 

>Information in Japanese Language
Yahoo! Japan
Yahoo! Japan is a site much like Yahoo! but made for Japanese users. You need to be able to view Japanese characters through your Web browser in order to properly view Yahoo! Japan. 

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