Got permanent residency

After working here for more than 10 years, and waiting for several months, I eventually got the permanent residency on last Friday. I am very happy with this since now I have much bigger freedom than before.

Ordinary visas have strict limitations. I hadn’t been aware of this before, until a friend of mine was sent back to China for working on another job, that is not in the same area as indicated by her visa… That was a terrible lesson.

Getting a permanent residency has following benefits:

  1. Do what you want to with no limitation (if it’s legal…)
  2. much higher creditworthiness (for example, when you apply for a mortgage loan, or do business)
  3. no expiry (but reentry permission has)
  4. unemployment protection: according to the law, a foreigner is to be sent back if he cannot get a job in three months after losing his job. Since unemployment insurance starts the first payment after three months from the time when one loses his job, this is unfair for foreigners who also keep paying for unemployment insurance (and have to do so). With PR, this won’t be a problem.
Categorized as Japan Tagged

Japanese Calendar

(click on image to use calendar)
(click on image to use calendar)

This is an online Japanese calendar, based on the wonderful online Chinese calendar written by Sean Lin.

This is very handy to check when you don’t have a calendar at hand. I made mistakes like rushing to office and eventually found that I was the only one there because it was a holiday. This calendar can help to prevent this kind of mistakes.

What I did:

  • replaced Chinese holidays with Japanese holidays
  • added the algorithm of calculating ‘furikae kyuujitu’ (振替休日)
  • added calculation of ‘rokuyou’ (六曜)
  • i18n & l10n
  • designed the GUI or the layout as shown in the screen shot.

Check Japanese calendar here.