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Old 09-03-2011, 01:30 PM
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The winters vary depending on where exactly you live. Some places have very little snow while others get gale winds, tons of snow, and extreme cold. Elevation and being in a coastal area have a big impact on weather. You can find out what the average weather is for any particular area pretty easily, and there are even many local live cameras you can watch with weather reports posted.

I live in SE Michigan, barely across the border from Toledo, Ohio currently. The weather we get here is pretty much the same as the area in Maine my husband and I are planning on moving to when we retire. I would consider the winters here to be fairly mild as far as the snowbelt area goes. Yet drive north a bit or west, and that can change to some very severe cold and snow conditions.
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Old 09-11-2011, 04:34 AM
 
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Wa? (Just kidding)
Wa means peace, harmony.
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Old 09-11-2011, 04:43 AM
 
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Check out rural property along the Oregon Coast. Hubby and I look from time to time, and we often find really sweet deals for under $100K. Lots of people in Oregon prefer to live off the grid. You see a lot of yurts, dome houses, etc. here as well. As well as full-time RV'ers and the like.
You know, I would probably consider Oregon as an alternative to Japan. Aren't their mountainous climates similar? Rich forests and somewhat wet?

In any case, I may not know as much as the person who said I couldn't get citizen status in Japan but, though muzukashi (difficult), it's not impossible.

1. You just need to have a job already lined up there. Admittedly, not the easiest to do when you haven't mastered the language.

2. Marry a Japanese citizen.

I'm am shooting for #2 since I seem to already be attracted to Japanese women as it is.
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Old 09-11-2011, 04:55 AM
 
Location: The Island of Misfit Toys
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I'll add my voice to two other posters: Japan does not allow permanent resident status to foreigners.
From a website about permanent residence in Japan:

"Foreign residents who have shown good conduct and have sufficient assets or ability to make an independent living, can be granted permanent residence if they reside in Japan for typically ten or more consecutive years (less in case of spouses of Japanese nationals and people who have made significant contributions to Japanese society). Permanent residence status is indefinite and allows any paid activity."
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