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Forum: Japan
May 9th 2011, 8:28 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 6,181
Posted By Viking Man

Re: Sending stuff to Japan

I just went down to my local Post Office with cardboard boxes, weighed to ensure they weren't over-weight, well taped up, and sent them off with a green customs sticker on them. No worries. Good...
Forum: Japan
Mar 26th 2011, 11:44 am
Replies: 9
Views: 6,181
Posted By Viking Man

Re: Sending stuff to Japan

Probably late to answer now, but I sent a load of stuff in cardboard boxes, some sea mail and some air, and it arrived OK. The sea mail boxes took 6 weeks and one had been opened by Japanese customs...
Forum: Japan
Sep 19th 2010, 3:40 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 4,154
Posted By Viking Man

Re: dog in japan?

Whalemeat is foul, honestly! I tried a bit once in the school lunch where I was teaching. It's like eating an eraser.

I think one problem you might have is that the Japanese tend not to exercise...
Apr 25th 2008, 8:25 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,124
Posted By Viking Man

Re: Returnees to UK: What do you love about being back?

Being in Europe is what I love, and being able to nip over to different countries and cultures so easily.
Apr 22nd 2008, 9:04 am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,406
Posted By Viking Man

Re: UK Property Prices

You mean dodgy media like the Financial Times? Here's a list of their property market articles:

http://www.ft.com/yourmoney/home

A list of the headlines gives you a general idea of what's...
Apr 20th 2008, 8:11 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 2,406
Posted By Viking Man

Re: UK Property Prices

They weren't exactly well prepared for the credit crunch weren't they?
Apr 19th 2008, 10:18 am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,406
Posted By Viking Man

Re: UK Property Prices

This sentence would be even more accurate if you replaced the words "industry" and "seller" with the word "government".
Apr 12th 2008, 7:28 am
Replies: 145
Views: 12,950
Posted By Viking Man

Re: What has happened to Britain?

Not by me! Remember the miner's strike, yuppies, two recessions, 3 million unemployed, football hooligans, IRA bombings, waiting a week for a doctor's appointment, clapped-out buses in London... It...
Apr 6th 2008, 9:49 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 2,088
Posted By Viking Man

Re: Going back to the UK (child benefit)

You should have no problem getting child benefit - just go down to your local job centre when you arrive and they should sort you out.
Mar 21st 2008, 9:46 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,015
Posted By Viking Man

Re: Getting my stuff home - from Japan - help...

Hi Okaya,

We moved back from Japan 2 years ago. We had been living there for 8 years. We went to our local hardware superstore in our town and bought about 30 flat-packed cardboard boxes that...
Replies: 18
Views: 7,136
Posted By Viking Man

Re: UK Spouse Visa

I was shocked at the cost of getting a visa for my wife when I was in Japan. Especially as the cost of me getting a Japanese spouse visa was a paltry 20 pounds!

Apparently only Australia has...
Apr 23rd 2006, 1:34 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 637
Posted By Viking Man

Re: Warning about taking car back to the U.K.

I looked into the possibility of bringing a car with me (Japan also has right hand drive) but I would have faced a terrible cocktail of paperwork, compulsory modifications (catalytic converter etc.),...
Apr 22nd 2006, 11:43 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,121
Posted By Viking Man

Re: dog and chidrens experience of being back in the uk

Ditto here when I came back from Japan:
"You're coming back? What, to live? But Japan is so nice and clean, what are you thinking of?"
Apr 20th 2006, 5:46 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 3,125
Posted By Viking Man

Impressions after a week back

I returned to the UK last week after living 8 years in Japan. It's my first time back in 8 years. After living so long in Japan I "went native" over there so to some extent I am seeing the UK...
Mar 18th 2006, 12:20 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 7,428
Posted By Viking Man

Re: Cheaper NI Contributions for UK non-residents

I can't remember where I first heard about paying Class 2 contributions instead of the vastly more expensive Class 3 ones. But I know it wasn't Inland Revenue that told me!

The way NI...
Mar 12th 2006, 12:05 am
Replies: 7
Views: 575
Posted By Viking Man

How to send those important papers

I am wondering how to bring to the UK all those really important certificates which you hardly ever need, but if you lose them its a major hassle. Things like my birth certificate, my kids birth...
Mar 10th 2006, 12:46 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 7,428
Posted By Viking Man

Cheaper NI Contributions for UK non-residents

I noticed in this excellent thread on information for returnees (http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=313047) that at the end there is some dicussion of NI contributions and pension...
Mar 10th 2006, 12:00 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 3,385
Posted By Viking Man

Re: Tax implications when returning to UK?

The people who can tell you about this is HMRC Centre for Non-residents (CNR). The web site is http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/cnr - it's worth looking through. In particular this FAQ,...
Oct 17th 2005, 12:51 pm
Replies: 32
Views: 2,288
Posted By Viking Man

Re: What are your reasons for leaving?

That's exactly what my Japanese wife says about the UK! (Not the friendly part, but the part about never turning up on time...)
Forum: Japan
Sep 2nd 2005, 1:53 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 7,054
Posted By Viking Man

Re: Japan (how to spend a year/more?)

The JET programme is definitely your best bet. It's much better to come via JET than to arrive and look for work in private English language schools. You will find it nearly impossible to get an IT...
Sep 1st 2005, 12:53 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By Viking Man

Re: We were not sure where to post so if anyone can help us.....

Sorry I guess we didn't read your post properly. There's a web site where you can check about visas: www.ukvisas.gov.uk. According to that site you don't actually need a visa but if you have been...
Sep 1st 2005, 7:56 am
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By Viking Man

Re: We were not sure where to post so if anyone can help us.....

Well I would hope so - otherwise all foreign spouses would be effectively incarcerated in the UK! I guess if you leave the UK on a spouse visa, there's a time limit within which you must return to...
Sep 1st 2005, 6:15 am
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By Viking Man

Re: We were not sure where to post so if anyone can help us.....

Wow, this is news to me - I mean about losing the spouse visa if you leave the UK . Do you mean leave the UK permanently? Can someone with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, leave the country...
Aug 23rd 2005, 6:02 am
Replies: 19
Views: 2,439
Posted By Viking Man

Re: Budget for returning to the UK

Cheers: I also check Rightmove regularly - I have a particular postcode in mind when I move back to the UK, so Rightmove is great for a pinpoint search. But Rightmove is so up to date I think. I...
Aug 19th 2005, 12:03 am
Replies: 19
Views: 2,439
Posted By Viking Man

Re: Budget for returning to the UK

Don't believe the old news reports! Japan isn't expensive any more. Even the Americans here comment at how reasonable prices are. My sister came over from the UK last year and went shopping mad -...
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