With the help of the Japan Times columnist and Surviving in Japan blogger Ashley Thompson, the guide has been updated for a second edition in order to reflect recent changes to government systems and procedures, particularly the new resident card.
Divided into 3 month checklists, the guide has sections on every aspect of the moving process, from accurate information on taxes and the pension refund procedure, a template farewell speech in Japanese, lists of reliable removal companies, how to correctly dispose of various items and when to pay your final utility bills and how.
In addition to the practicalities of an international move out of Japan, the guide covers broader issues such as how to handle reverse culture shock, and the best ways to find employment in your next destination.
Metropolis Magazine reviewed the first edition, saying "...checklists that gradually count down to your departure date, and supplemented with Japanese text and web links. If parting is such sweet sorrow, it just got a little sweeter." - Metropolis Magazine
The guide is written by Laura Pepper and Brandon Wu, two former Japan residents (2006-2009) currently based in Seattle, Washington and is published by 30 Day Books.
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About the Book
Price: 500 yen.
Available from: http://SayonaraJapan.com through PayPal. The PDF is available for download to a computer, iPad or eReader immediately.
Official Release Date: May 21st 2012
Publisher: 30 Day Books