Freelancing in Tokyo: What it means to be an "extra"

Posted by David Chester on 14 May 2012

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I read this article about doing extra work in Japan and I felt as if I could have written it myself. Now, I would have never, ever agreed to do a job for ¥2500 (about US$30+) for a full day. But on the other hand, there may be people who had a day off and thought, "This might be fun! Getting to do a TV show in Japan!"

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Important Tax Info for Those Living Abroad

Posted by David Chester on 2 May 2012

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I am reposting the following info, originally posted by my colleague Lauren Shannon of Kimono Wine Bar and Democrats Abroad:

Your FBAR/FATCA Task Force has created two instruments to drive home our efforts seeking relief from potentially draconian fines and penalties in relation to new tax filing requirements. We are gathering data from overseas Americans to use in advocating for amendments and reforms to FATCA. We need your urgent participation in this effort!

1. Take our survey to record your circumstance as an overseas citizen and taxpayer. It is completely anonymous and can be found at

2. Tell us your story of managing your tax affairs as an expat American. If you have a tale of woe and frustration to tell then please go to where you can post your story on a completely anonymous basis.

The Task Force has received an invitation to appear at an IRS hearing on May 15 in Washington. Having results from the survey as well as the website will strengthen our position at the hearing. So please complete at least the survey by May 9.Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) Survey.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Surviving in Japan

Posted by David Chester on 21 April 2012

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Hello all:

Just a brief note today to say that Ashley Thompson, from the website Surviving in Japan has featured an interview with me regarding Freelancing in Tokyo. For anyone who wants a capsule version of what FIT has to offer and my views on networking and more, check it out. Also, please spend some time enjoying Surviving in Japan, as it is also a great resource for those thinking of coming to Japan to live and work.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: New Residence Card

Posted by David Chester on 16 April 2012

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For those of you who are putting in any kind of serious time in Tokyo (or anywhere Japan for that matter), be aware that there will be changes made to your residence card (alien registration certificate). You may have already received a pamphlet in the mail giving some information about the upcoming (July 2012) changes, but, if you're like me, it didn't give enough details. 

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