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In my 22 years I spent about 12 in and around Japan. I went through the hand back of Okinawa to Japan. The change from right to left side driving, and several other events.

I would not take a car over, but get one there, they drive on the left so the left drive can be a hassle. I even managed to get my wife to learn to drive on the left with out any accidents.

Housing is different than here. Finding a 2000 sqft home is not going to happen. But I found the housing offbase was clean, and I could have the things I wanted.

Can an O-2 live in Japan with a wife and child? Sure. You may not eat out as much but you can eat out and entertain on the economy with little problem. I found the McD's was expensive, but the local eating places were reasonable. Just like the states there are parts of Japan that are expensive. Tokyo is out of reach for most people.

The one thing I will tell you that I have told others, try and learn the language. You may never read or write it, but learn to speak the language and you will have a much better time. Even learning the basics of Hello, Goodmorning, Goodbye, Thank you is a start, and the Japanese will allow the occasional missuse of words. Your child should also be encouraged to learn Japanese, having more than one language helps through out life.

The one down side I found in being in Japan was when one of the military makes a blunder, or commits a crime we all get painted with that same brush. Being as most of my time was on Okinawa, that at times was a problem. I have friends there, and when there was an incident it was always something we needed to talk about. But I found that the people I knew were not the ones that showed up at the gate when things went bad.

Japan is a good place to spend a tour. It is near Korea, Tiawan and other good sites to see. Being overseas you are able to travel on your uncle, so getting around is not expensive.
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