With high-tech infrastructure across the country, expats should have no trouble keeping in touch in Japan. The island nation is known for its advanced technology, so finding ways to communicate with loved ones back home is easy and affordable.
Internet in Japan
A number of different internet service providers exist across Japan, all offering different services and high-speed internet. Prices vary by type of service, term of contract and current promotions. Some providers have better English-language support than others, with Sakura Fiber Internet being a frequently recommended option for expats. Major providers include NTT Docomo and Asahi Net/
WiFi hotspots can also be found throughout Japan (and can be especially useful while waiting for internet access at home). These are plentiful in major city centres, operating from various locations such as coffee shops, hotels and subway stations.
Mobile phones in Japan
Japan is a leader in mobile phone technology, and with cheaper VoIP and mobile options becoming more popular, landline telephones are slowly being phased out. Softbank, NTT Docomo and AU are the three main mobile providers. Both contract and prepaid options are available with prices and plans varying by company, phone, plan, contract and current promotions.
Postal services in Japan
Japan Post is the country's national postage service and, like much in the country, it's efficient and reliable. International and local shipping costs are reasonable. Various commercial courier services are also available, including FedEx and DHL.
►Our breakdown of the Cost of Living in Japan is a useful starting point when budgeting
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