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Are there any communities (other than VJ) for expats/immigrants to the US? Or international couples in the US? Particularly from Japan?

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This is a huge longshot but I may as well ask. There's plenty of communities/groups/forums on the internet for American or European expats who move to other countries (especially Asia); unfortunately as those groups are geared towards that group they're not keen or friendly on entertaining questions regarding those in the opposite situation. My wife is thankfully now in the U.S. with me and we're doing pretty well, waiting for the next step in the immigration process. However now we got a kid on the way and there's certain things that we wish we could discuss with other couples like us who have raised or are raising their kids in the U.S. (for example citizenship issues on the Japanese side, international schools, medical records etc etc). This has so far proven to be impossible for me to find. I suspect its probably because the ones that exist are run by the immigrant and in Japanese rather than English. However if someone happens to know of a group like this - or if you're in the same boat yourself, I would greatly appreciate being pointed in the right direction. I appreciate that people here are much more friendly and helpful to those found in toxic expat communities of other countries - speaks volumes to the kind of people the U.S. is exporting around the world.

 

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Probably. FB is known to have a lot of custom groups.


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I'm actually interested in something like that as well. More for my wife to use and read.

 

There's the Japan-America Society and other local (for me) groups. The Japanese Consulate website also lists events which could help you meet and connect with others in your situation.

 

https://www.jas-socal.org/

 

https://www.jashawaii.org/


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Try facebook, reddit, meetup.com...you could even try looking on YouTube, see if you can find relevant videos, maybe reach out to the creators if they are active on YT.

 

NYC has a huge Japanese community...I would assume LA does too. Try looking into local Japanese grocery stores and see if they have flyers/event posters for community events. You may have to resort to networking in person rather than online but since you are in a big city, it shouldn't be too hard.


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I saw your post on r/japan. That group is mostly weebs outside Japan who don’t have any specific knowledge about Japan (with some exceptions). r/japanlife is specifically for grumpy expats inside Japan. And r/japancicrclejerk is for bitter alcoholic expats who’ve given up on life. 

 

 

In addition to what’s been mentioned, many cities have a Japanese supplementary school (補習授業校) so you might check into that. If you live in a larger city there might be a Japanese supermarket. There aren’t any communities dedicated to American/English-speaking spouses of Japanese as far as I know, because as you’ve noticed that’s not how it works. Honestly unless your Japanese language skills are quite advanced you should let your wife handle the JP baby registration, JP passport, etc., and let her pick things up through her own social network. Having a kid is exciting (congrats!) and the first impulse is to do everything at once but the first rule of parenthood is to relax :) You'll be fine. 

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Do sites written in Japanese count?
https://losangeles.vivinavi.com/
https://www.us-lighthouse.com/

These bulletin boards seem pretty active.


If you can go to Japanese markets like Mitsuwa or Nijiya, there are some free magazine/newspaper with a lot of info catered toward Japanese in US too. (also written in Japanese)
Congratulations on your baby by the way! 

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@nakuke One more thing to keep in mind, a few years from now. Japanese schools basically can’t refuse to take kids so you can potentially send your kid to school in Japan for a couple months every summer. There’s a super cute little girl who shows up in my daughter’s class in June/July every year during the US summer holiday.

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