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Japan has long been hailed for its hospitable culture and safe, yet exciting, atmosphere. Its reputation has encouraged a gradual increase of Americans moving to the country to settle down permanently. From an array of healthy lifestyle choices to culture clashing, Insider has laid out all the pros and cons you need to know before considering a move to “the land of the rising sun.”

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More Americans are leaving the country and heading to Japan – here's why
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    THE SEARCH FOR QUALITY OF LIFE

    The search for safety, better healthcare, and a family-friendly environment has led to a steady rise of Americans moving to Japan. Those who have settled down have mentioned feeling healthier due to the country’s diet and hospitable culture.

    I'm an expat who has lived in Okinawa, Japan, for two years. The quality of life and even the fast food is better here.

    I'm an expat who has lived in Okinawa, Japan, for two years. The quality of life and even the fast food is better here.

    Over-romanticizing expat life in Japan

    Moving to Japan hasn’t worked out for everyone. In Japan, the rejection of foreigners and alternative lifestyles is not uncommon. The cultural differences and, sometimes, blatant racism have driven out some Americans from permanently living in the country.

    SETTLING DOWN

    Japan’s countryside is riddled with cheap, abandoned houses that go for as little as five hundred dollars, which has attracted plenty of expats. However, buyers must keep in mind that houses generally depreciate in value in Japan, and may not be the ticket to long-term stability as they once thought.

    A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

    Though moving to Japan comes with many lifestyle changes, one that is emphasized time and time again is the country’s wellness and eating habits. Eating in moderation, commuting by walking, and having balanced meals has left many newcomers feeling healthier.

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