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Shake, Rattle and Roll—Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquake preparedness

This month marks the 21st anniversary of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, in which 7,400 people died, prompting a nation-wide reassessment of building regulations. Since Japan is one of the world’s most seismically active countries, minor tremors can be felt…

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Dear Rica, Should I purchase earthquake insurance?

Earthquake insurance in Japan

Get Answers about Owning, Renting and Living in Greater Kobe. Please submit your comments to core8eight@gmail.com. Dear Rica, We want to buy a house in or near Kobe. But after all the devastation we have seen on TV after the Kumamoto…

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Megamiyama (目神山)—Hyogo’s Hidden Gem

Megamiyama (目神山), Nishinomiya’s hidden gem, is an idyllic location for those who want it all—the excitement of city life and the tranquility of country life. Megamiyama is a stone’s throw away from the expansive greenery and hiking trails of Mt.…

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Dear Rica, How do I budget for out-of-pocket expenses?

Japanese money

Get Answers about Owning, Renting and Living in Greater Kobe. Please submit your comments to core8eight@gmail.com. Dear Rica: We want to rent an apartment around Kobe, but are concerned about how much money we need to budget for. Can you give…

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