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Driving Permit for Tourists in Japan How to Obtain a Driving Permit for Tourists in Japan

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Previously I’ve written about driving in Japan and how to obtain or even renew a Japanese driver’s license. But if you’re a tourist in Japan, that information probably isn’t very interesting. If you want to drive as a tourist in Japan, you obviously need some kind of driving permit. It goes without saying that you more »

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Snow monkeys of Nagano

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      (May 31st, 2012)  -  14 comments in this article
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      (May 21st, 2012)  -  21 comments in this article
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