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Posted by Rachel Zhou |
Relocating to Japan: What You Need to Know

Often referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun,” Japan is made up of more than 6,800 islands. Our latest Cartus Market Watch explores the typical challenges that some international assignees may encounter during their relocation to Japan, including schooling, climate, and cultural differences.

Located in East Asia, the four largest Japanese islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which collectively make up around 97 percent of the country’s land area. Japan is a major economic and political power on the world stage, with many international assignees frequenting Tokyo and other major cities including Yokohama, Osaka, and Nagoya.

Schooling 

If you’re moving to Japan with children, we recommend that you do not assume that a school place will be secured in your first-option school. Some international schools may not accept children who cannot speak fluent English, so this is also a consideration when making applications. A top tip would be to apply to schools as far in advance as possible, so once the assignment has been scheduled, start researching schools in the area you’re moving to. From an organization’s perspective, authorizations for school assistance need to be sent to your relocation service provider as soon as possible.
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Free Webinar: How High will the U.S. Real Estate Market Rise in 2015 and Beyond?

Posted by Pat DeDonato |
Free Webinar: How High will the U.S. Real Estate Market Rise in 2015 and Beyond?

The housing market continues its rebound, but there is an expectation of higher mortgage rates in 2015. As a result, what can we expect in the real estate market and relocation? Join Cartus in an upcoming Worldwide ERC® SpeedSession, “How High will the U.S. Real Estate Market Rise in 2015 and Beyond?” on Tuesday, June 23 at 2 p.m. ET to explore this important issue.
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Relocation to The Netherlands

Posted by Annetje Suorsa |
Relocation to The Netherlands

Cartus’ Netherlands MarketWatch focuses on relocating to Amsterdam and discusses current trends in the rental market, the types of properties available for international assignees, and popular expatriate neighbourhoods.

The City

Situated on the River Amstel, Amsterdam is found in the west of The Netherlands and is the country’s most populous city, as well as the commercial and cultural capital. It offers assignees world-class museums, theatres, bars, restaurants, and open spaces, including the famous Vondelpark.
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Dengue Fever Outbreak in Brazil

Posted by John Fisher |
Dengue Fever Outbreak in Brazil

Aline Sodre-Lopes, Supply Chain account manager in Cartus’ Brazil office, recently brought me up to date on the current outbreak of dengue fever in São Paulo and what it might mean to assignees and managers who have volume in the area.

São Paulo has been suffering through the worst drought in nearly a century, and the water shortage has contributed to an outbreak of dengue fever due to the practice of storing scarce water in open containers, such as buckets and vases, which enables proliferation of the mosquitoes that carry the virus (Aedes Egypti).

Dengue fever often results in high fever, intense muscle pain, extreme weakness, and headaches, and may also cause convulsions. This year to date, it has killed 169 people in São Paulo alone—the most deaths from the disease in the São Paulo state territory since 1990. An official report issued by the government indicates 745,900 reported cases—an occurrence rate of nearly five per minute.
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Four Steps To Effective Global Relocation Policy Design

Posted by Jennifer White |
Four Steps To Effective Global Relocation Policy Design

Companies that are relocating employees globally face a constantly changing business environment. Whether your organization requires a large-scale global policy redesign or you are adjusting only a few policy elements, mobility managers need to address a variety of challenges. Among these challenges is the need to identify your company’s strategic business objectives as they relate to global mobility, while also striking a balance between employee satisfaction and organizational support. So, how do you get started?

Our white paper, “Unlocking Effective Global Relocation Policy Design: Tips for Global Mobility Managers”, will help you take a holistic view of the process of designing your global mobility policy and provide you with tangible steps to take at each phase, including:
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