Jan
30

Getting Japan Citizenship (for Pakistanis)

In this blog I want to clarify some doubts and some misconceptions that people have about acquiring Japanese citizenship. I would especially focus on changing citizenship from a Pakistani to Japanese. First I would like to discuss some common misconceptions and my experience in the regard. Is Japan Anti-Immigration There is no simple answer to …

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Jan
16

Japan Permanent Residence (special case)

Permanent residence gives you permission to live in Japan for as long as you like. The details can be found on the website of Immigration Bureau of Japan. http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/tetuduki/zairyuu/eizyuu.html In order to apply, one must meet the requirements given in the “Guidelines for Permission for Permanent Residence”. The most difficult requirement is that you must …

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Mar
15

Gold Driver’s License Japan

Today I got Gold Drivers License. I think if you don’t do any traffic violation in 5 years you are eligible for a Gold license. The card looks like a normal driving license and instead of green or blue stripe in the middle it has a gold color strip. In Japan, a gold license is …

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Mar
15

2011 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami

I think this was an event that will change Japan for ever. I on 7th or 11th floor of computer department in Hokkaido University presenting a conference paper that I plan to present at an upcoming conference. Suddenly the building started to shake really violently. I stopped the presentation and was about to rush out …

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Jan
16

How to travel light?

Hmmm this seems to be an easy task however, I learned it over a long period of time after many trips to different countries.  Today for the first time I am going somewhere for 8 days with a very small bag. Here are some of the tips that might help you to travel light. Try …

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Jan
12

Sold my HTC Desire

Finally I decided to sell my HTC desire for $360. I tried to fix the battery problem by doing everything possible. I tried to reflash it, installed different kinds of monitoring software’s, also performed the famous HTC plane mode trip, and another trick to calibrate the battery. However, none of these worked. The most frustrating thing …

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Jan
04

HTC Desire strange battery problem !!!

Ever since I got my first mobile back in 2000, this is by far the strangest problem I have ever faced. My HTC desire’s battery behaves very different in different cities of Japan. I am living in Sapporo, a city in the northern Island of Japan. On one full charge the standby time that I …

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Jan
03

Interview with Amazon

I applied for a mid-career job at Amazon Japan. My interview went fine but I was not selected for some reason. The interview lasts for 45 minutes and they ask three simple but conceptual programming problems. Then they have around 10 minutes time for any questions that you might want to ask them. Here are …

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Jan
01

iPhone 4 vs. HTC Desire

I was planning to change my mobile since mid 2010. Finally, in October I decided to go for HTC desire. It was expensive at around 450$ but it was partially sponsored by my mother-in-law as my wedding anniversary present. I have always been a fan of android OS. But, I had a tough time choosing …

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