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I`m always willing to give help, or at least my opinions on things related to Japan. I think I'm especially strong at helping out non-native Japanese speakers with the language. Also, helping others understand the culture, such as U.S. businessmen who have to do business with Japanese. I'm not doing translations right now, unless it's just a phrase or a word. More of a language and general Japanese culture guy than a travel/history expert.

PLEASE NOTE: I cannot answer questions about the following:

  • Pottery or art object - I strongly recommend you take these to an antique specialist
  • Finding people - I can't answer these. I just have no way of knowing if the person you're looking for WANTS to be found, and I'm just not willing to risk it. I recommend you contact a private investigator if you desperately need to find someone.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

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10+ years of studying Japan and Japanese language. I lived there for 5 years, one as a student, four as a businessman. Most importantly, I lived there because I wanted to live there, not because someone sent me there!


BA in Japanese

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Recent Answers from Steve Battisti

2016-03-08 Trip to Japan:

Answers:    >>1.  We are flying in Tokyo (NRT) at 8pm on May first.  I understand we should take a train to Tokyo >>proper and then a taxi. Are there signs in English?  If not what is the way out?    

2016-03-07 Trip to Japan:

Hi Len,    Thanks for the additional information, that helps! So, when flying into Japan, you essentially have two main choices: fly into Tokyo, or fly into Osaka (near Kyoto). Either way works. In the

2016-03-05 Trip to Japan:

Hi Lev,    Honestly, this is a super tough question. There are sooo many factors that would go into a decision like this, including:    - How many people?  - What ages?  - Are there any physical issues?

2014-01-12 how do i obtain a death certificate for my mother who died in okinawa:

Hi Ginger,    I don't have a lot of detailed information for you, but the US Embassy offers some information here:    Basically, if your mother was an American

2013-02-03 Acquisition of Birth Certificate from Naha City Hall:

Kiyoko,    I am sorry for the delay in replying.    Where you should contact depends on your nationality. If you are a Japanese native, then you would have to contact the Naha City Hall. If you are a citizen


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