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๐ŸŒ‡ Who's in ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tokyo now?

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๐Ÿ’ฌ What's happening in ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tokyo now?

eenriquelopez 
7d
Thanks for the heads up! I just did the reservation, and I am going in a couple of weeks, excited for the first time in that area!
unfulvio 
6d
Hey guys, I've been reading about the recent news of Japan relaxing a bit some regulations for letting foreigners to work into Japan. I understand the new policy was largely put together to address shortage of blue collar jobs in the Country. But I've understood it eases regulations also for white collar jobs. Has the situation changed for remote workers? I work for a US company remotely with a fixed salary. Currently living in Taiwan and I have set up my own company to operate from here with a work visa. This was the best arrangement when I first arrived here, but now there are even more options. Do I have any chance in Japan without incurring in huge losses / costs?
al3x 
1d
I heard you can self sponsor in japan as well. I ahvent personally met a remote worker who has done it though
al3x 
1d
all the people I've met who have self sponsored had at least one client
al3x 
1d
in japan
al3x 
1d
but honestly they are pretty lax atthe moment. especially outside of Tokyo. I havent heard of a westerner getting denied in osaka. even most koreans and chinese i meet arent having problems getting visas.
al3x 
1d
your experience my vary
realmikewalston 
24h
that's not self-sponsoring though. from a paperwork point of view your main client is sponsoring you
realmikewalston 
24h
and you can only do that to _renew_ a work visa
realmikewalston 
24h
a "self sponsored" work visa is just a work visa

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  • KyotoKyoto
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.06/5
    172 reviews
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    okay
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    good
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    great
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    ๐ŸŒฅ 48°AQI9
    +45
    $2,449 / mo
  • OsakaOsaka
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.47/5
    194 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
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    good
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    ๐ŸŒฅ 45°AQI15
    +32
    $2,581 / mo
  • SeoulSeoul
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.83/5
    210 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
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    Seoul is lovely but still has some challenges for nomads. Korean food is great, but most restaurants are used to serving groups, or at least couples. Many times you'll simply be refused service entering a restaurant alone. Unlike Japan, eating alone is stil frowned upon in Korea and mostly impossible. Exceptions are of course expat areas like Itaewon which are more used to it. Also outside signage and menus are mostly still in Korean, without any English translations generally. Even if you learn the Korean characters, you won't know the words, so this makes it impossible to order. This is slowly changing though, especially in hipster areas. You might ask "why does this reviewer care stuff is in English or not, they're in Korea, what does he expect?". Well, it's 2018 and Korea presents itself as an international country, English should be the default sub text. There's more challenges, it's very difficult to meet Koreans, you'll always be seen as the "token" foreigner in social groups. This is understandable and to be fair it's much worse in Japan than Korea. Unless you're in expat areas, you'll feel fairly isolated because Koreans will generally avoid you for fear of having to speak English. This makes it a potentially very lonely experience for any nomads. This is kinda vicious because Koreans look down on people that are alone. Hence the group-eating thing. Solutions to that? Come here with a group of friends. You'll have a MUCH easier time.

    ๐ŸŒฅ 36°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI75
    +21
    $2,420 / mo
  • BangkokBangkok
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.82/5
    218 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    good
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    You get somewhat acclimated to the weather after a while (and yes, the right wool fabric is the most breathable one so ignore that previous reviewer). I've stayed here on and off for about 4 years now. The expat crowd is great and there really is a lot of opportunity for collaboration. Many networking events every month and a vibrant startup community. The variety of food is some of the best in the world (although you will have to pay to get quality Western). Shopping is great. Nightlife could be better but should satisfy most people. The real downside is the traffic which has become basically as bad as Jakarta, although Bangkok has much better transporation (both skytrain and subway). Living expenses have risen lately so don't count on this being a budget trip unless you want to resort to street food. Internet speed generally has becoming really great. Fast 4G in all operators. If you stay in a new condo or hotel you will average at least 30Mbit โ€“ my current co work place runs at 600.

    ๐ŸŒฅ 38°100°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI72
    +20
    $1,363 / mo
  • TaipeiTaipei
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.17/5
    199 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    great
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    ๐ŸŒฅ 25°77°AQI29
    +18
    $1,842 / mo
  • Hong KongHong Kong
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.82/5
    206 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
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    It's possible to live in Hong Kong on the cheap. You've got to live far out in the New Territories, or on an outlying island. I spent a summer living happily on Lamma Island for ~$500USD/month in rent for one bedroom in a shared flat. Rent is really the only tricky part--everything else is relatively cheap.

    ๐ŸŒฅ 24°75°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI52
    +15
    $3,065 / mo
  • SingaporeSingapore
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.72/5
    200 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
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    great
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    Nomad-ed here for a month. A totally ok place if you have the budget for it. Coworking spaces are good, 4g everywhere, transportation is effective. Lots of things to do. I was able to find friends. Lots of international people, very few digital nomads. If you're there, consider not renting in the center (as it gets expensive fast) and being creative with places to eat to find cheap options. Be prepared to use cash unless you live in a luxury.

    ๐ŸŒฅ 38°100°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI76
    +11
    $2,827 / mo
  • Los AngelesLos Angeles
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.34/5
    206 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    okay
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    Nothing does a better job of explaining LAโ€™s beautiful diversity and different neighborhoods than the documentary about the late Jonathan Gold, our cityโ€™s greatest amabassador and the only food critic to ever win a Pulitzer Prize. It is called, โ€œCity of Goldโ€ and if you want to know LA, just watch this film. Trailer link: https://youtu.be/DmKTRDfz1zM

    โ˜€๏ธ 24°75°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI65
    +10
    $4,376 / mo
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