Important Laws to Know Before Going to Japan

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTJapan in General, Living, Travel

Knowing the law before you go to Japan is critical to staying clear of a justice system that doesn’t have a great reputation with the international community. Not so much because of the laws on the books, but because of how detainment and investigations are carried out. For example, legally, anyone can be held in a Japanese jail for 23 … Read More

What’s it Like Living in Okinawa (an American’s Perspective)

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTLiving

Whether you just found out you’ll be moving to Okinawa, or debating to live here or not, there’s a lot to know about living in Okinawa. Here’s what you’ll find in this article: Quick Facts About Okinawa Okinawan Culture Language Weather in Okinawa Food Driving in Okinawa Schools in Okinawa Things to Do in Okinawa Sports Teams in Okinawa Annual … Read More

Can Americans Live in Okinawa? Living Legally in Okinawa

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTLiving

If you’re thinking about living in Okinawa, there can be a lot of things to consider and questions can pile up. And the first and most common one is: can Americans even live here? Americans¬†need a Japanese visa to live in Okinawa as it’s governed by Japan. U.S. military personnel are exempt from this. A person under specific orders or … Read More

Where to Live in Okinawa (and What’s the Commute Like)?

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTLiving

If you’re about ready to relocate to Okinawa, or reconsidering where you currently live, it’s important to know what your options are, what’s important to you, and which neighborhoods in Okinawa best suite your needs. Okinawa is small but has a relatively large and diverse selection of areas to live. Whether you want to live in a high-rise apartment in … Read More

Do They Speak English in Okinawa? Using English in Okinawa

Brian O'Sullivan, M.S., LMFTLiving, Travel

Do Okinawans speak English? Most Okinawans speak Japanese and do not speak English. Those who do know English, are often too shy to use it. Regardless, Okinawa is easy to get around without knowing Japanese. Major hotels, popular tourist areas, and areas near U.S. military bases, often know and are willing to use English.¬† That’s right, getting around the island … Read More