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How To Rent An Apartment in Japan (No Foreigners Allowed)

many of you are probably seeing this survey conducted regarding foreigners residing here in Japan in this video I take a look at the results of that survey and also share my experiences in renting an apartment in Japan [Music] the Japanese government conducted a first-of-its-kind survey that was aimed at obtaining a detailed understanding of human rights abuses faced by foreigners living in Japan this comes at a time as Japan is preparing for dramatic influx of foreign visitors that are coming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics the number of foreign residents reached an all-time high of two point three eight million at the end of 2016 that’s up six point seven percent on the year twenty five percent of the 2788 respondents who are there worked over seeking work in Japan reported that they were denied a job because they were not Japanese ninety-five percent of those respondents said they spoke conversational professional level or fluent Japanese about twenty percent of foreign workers in Japan say they receive lower pay than their Japanese counterparts in the same job nearly 30 percent reported receiving derogatory remarks or insults due to their ethnic background almost 80 percent called the experience unpleasant or unacceptable 11% of those targeted sought help or consultation in response almost 40% of foreigners are refused housing because they are not Japanese roughly the same percentage also reported in reviews housing due to the lack of a Japanese guarantor 27% of 2044 applicants basically gave up on a housing search mainly due to the owners of the home stating no foreigners allowed shocked well let me tell you my story back in the mid-90s I relocated from Honolulu Hawaii to Osaka Japan a with the convenience store and picked up a copy of cheap Time magazine I had looked at many apartments in the Osaka area some were to my liking many weren’t mainly because I was steered towards areas where foreigners were sort of pigeon-holed I had found this one particular unit it was close to the station it was close to my work the price was very very reasonable and I love the layout of it the president accompanied told me flat out no furnish allowed as the reason why he gave me various excuses hand that well corner something up the shoes foreigners were loud foreigners are smelly depending on type of foods they eat you know yada yada yada yada yada of course I was taken aback this is my first time living on the local economy as a civilian when I was in the Marine Corps I lived out in town however I was still affiliated with the US military in Japan now I was under the sofa agreement I was Holly upset but instead of just being upset I decided that was going to beat the system I was going to beat the game I was going to get my apartment I was hit that particular apartment this is how I did it at that time my Korean was much stronger than my Japanese and I definitely didn’t speak Osaka dialect during my apartment hunt I was living in one of my friend’s house my friend had three houses and two apartments the very successful businessperson I was fortunate now I was on the verge of being homeless because outstanding one of my friend tells us so this is how I got even I went down to the ward office now I had known that Koreans and Chinese in order to blend in Japan took the Japanese name and I asked for an application to register my personal seal or my encounters or Hong Kong I chose a Japanese name by Japanese they described me I chose the name that I thought was fitting for me you might say but you don’t look Japanese how would you reckon Serge a Panisse name in order to blend was important for them to see the name and not me I just named coral yama which means Black Mountain had a large black afro and I felt like Mount Fuji every time I rode the train or I was walking down the street and everyone noticed me so Kuriyama was but I also like to win so I chose the name winner which is katsu so my Japanese name became Coral Yama cotton [Music] my next step was to open a Japanese bank account so I went to the bank and I opened an account in my Japanese name since I wasn’t a working visa I had to update my records to reflect my Japanese name so now my insurance card and my bank account was at my Japanese thing so how did I get the apartment my Japanese friend contacted a real estate company and said that hey if the apartments are liking my friend will rent the apartment in front of you [Music] later today got the paperwork filled everything out actually pay for again and then I wired transferred the deposit to move into the apartment and to the real estate companies account the next day using my Japanese thing I followed up to inquire above the application that I submitted before the apartment also that the application was approved that I can come down to the office and pick up the keys [Music] I show up there’s a surprised look on it’s a receptionist and the real estate owner space I asked for my key and they’re looking at me and look and look and look there’s no response once again I ask for my key he says I told you that we don’t rent the foreigners so I thought um that I’m clearly I’m a katsu I sign the contract I deposited my money and as you told me I’m here to pick up my key when he refused to give him the key so I grabbed my cellphone and I made a phone call to my friend we’ve been living in Osaka for 20-plus years speaks just like a Japanese person in particular he speaks like a Japanese person dead well it’s in the Yakuza so I gave the president the phone after hello hi hi hi he hung up the phone bow to me told the secretary to get my keys and they gave me a ride to the apartment Oh is it legal of course it’s legal is it legal to discriminate against foreigners in Japan of course is legal you may ask was that the right thing for me to do yes is it the right thing for Japanese to discriminate against foreigners that wish they’re right in Japan well they have the right to do so until the government changes the laws nothing’s going to change [Music] as always thank you for watching be sure to give us a like and subscribe if you haven’t already done so additionally check out our other social media on Facebook Twitter and Instagram [Music] you



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Tramain Bacchus

May 5, 2017, 4:53 pm Reply

very insightful, thank you for sharing. I was in Tokyo last week for a few days and had a great time. Great name choice also. Your friend is the MVP lol Glad you beat the system there.

Tramain Bacchus

May 5, 2017, 4:57 pm Reply

Discrimination against foreigners is not against the Japanese Constitution, as Japanese courts have interpreted "kokumin" or "citizen" in the constitution to apply only to Japanese citizens…

Lee Wren

May 5, 2017, 5:10 pm Reply

Love your story about your experience renting in Japan, I'm a retired African-American male and I was thinking about relocating overseas in Japan was on my list of interesting places to live and to learn about being an older gentleman works which recommend I'm in my 60s but once again I want to say great information.

Pegasus 303 – MrClean

May 5, 2017, 9:25 pm Reply

Once again thank you for sharing. This was very informative and I hope people on both sides of the fence can learn from it.


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May 5, 2017, 9:56 am Reply

Nicely played ^_^


May 5, 2017, 2:11 pm Reply


【vain】参考にはしないで Raibu

May 5, 2017, 2:47 pm Reply


【vain】参考にはしないで Raibu

May 5, 2017, 2:48 pm Reply


Kirk – Jamaipanese.com

May 5, 2017, 5:36 pm Reply

you sir are a legend. I'd moon walk out of that office with my keys and into the apartment

Baye McNeil

May 5, 2017, 7:29 am Reply

Standing ovation!

Jason L. Gatewood

May 5, 2017, 3:27 pm Reply

Twice I've had this same issue myself here in Japan in Nagoya. In one case, I had already paid the money, signed the initial contracts and was about a week out from moving in!

It's strange to me how close-mindedness rears its head around Nippon; a place to live is as basic a necessity as water, food, and sleep.


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May 5, 2017, 3:05 pm Reply

i am Japanese!
and I'm cheering you on!?

Chase the Stars

May 5, 2017, 2:53 am Reply

smart guy!


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Jun 6, 2017, 11:20 am Reply

Hello! I'm Japanese, and recently I've watched videos of ファニエスト外語学院. Even now, the show remains to be funny. And after that, I knew you have a Youtube channel on comment list and I subscribed your channel. From now on, I'll keep watching your videos. Thank you.


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Aug 8, 2017, 2:36 am Reply

2.38million people who can't get into a F'n restaurant. That's sad.

Congrats on working the system. You got your apartment even if you are still (as a non-Japanese) considered filth. Bravo! Great story.

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Corinthian D Platinum

Dec 12, 2017, 4:29 pm Reply

I see you fam! Very insightful, thank you for sharing E. When will you be in L.A.?

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Dec 12, 2017, 7:54 am Reply

At a glance, we Japanese society seems to be equal and free, but it is actually extremely exclusive and discriminative community, and unfortunately, many Japanese can't even notice that.
Of course, Japanese people won't positively do foreigners harm, but, we often avoid not getting too close to "outsiders", which potentially means violation of human rights (many Japanese don't know, either).
We are very sorry for forcing people from international to "obey Roman's rules", but we Japanese themselves also are afraid of being regard as "a part of outsiders" by our own community.
Thus we would like you to understand that we're having a dilemma between treating everyone equally and getting along with a Japanese community.

Gordon Graham

Mar 3, 2018, 12:50 am Reply

Good for you 勝! Japan needs more foreigners like you! Hope you stay.


Mar 3, 2018, 3:43 pm Reply

It was interesting for you to kill against the adoney!


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Apr 4, 2018, 3:26 am Reply

um… Is this a Elic young times??

sakkon channel

Apr 4, 2018, 10:47 am Reply

so you are older …


May 5, 2018, 1:31 pm Reply

some people in Japan still do not feel comfortable living with foreigners, especially older people. Japan is way too slow to adapt to the world right now

Vince Sang

Jun 6, 2018, 9:24 am Reply

Doesn't it happen in USA as well?


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Oct 10, 2018, 5:43 pm Reply

Although almost all japanese learned English at school, many of them hesitate to speak English.
So I think that is why there are linguistic wall between us(japanese) and foreigners.

John Daixenn

Feb 2, 2019, 10:51 am Reply

Yeah i know you


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