Learning useful Japanese helps ease the transition to living and working in Japan. Most cities have an International Center or Culture Center that offer language classes. These range from group lesson to private lessons and vary in cost.
cellphones and internet
Staying in contact with family and friends is important, and most Native English Teachers will purchase a cellphone and set up internet at home. Smart phones are available with email and messaging services. Making international phone calls on a cellphone can be expensive; however, receiving international calls are typically free.
Setting up internet at the apartment does require time and patience. DSL service is the most popular but can take up to 2 months to be installed. In the meantime, Native English Teachers often visit local internet cafes that offer service by the hour.