Japan is harsh. Harsh doesn't even do it justice. Two months it took me to get a job. 3 trips to the big city to find an apartment, multiple nights hotel and food each time. Finding out how much it costs for an apartment hurts, but I survived that. Finding out my fiancee had to pay $2,000 for pension, I survived that. Finding out I had to pay $2,000 for pension, ouch, but survived that too. Finding out tonight that my fiancee has to pay $300 private medical insurance and $200 national insurance a month, after mailing my apartment contract today, I can't survive. I hope I can call and cancel before they receive the contract. Then I have to cancel my job and find a new one in her parent's city where I will be living with her parents. I can't afford $4,000 first month rent, plus $530 rent each month plus utilities plus $4,000 pension, plus $500 insurance each month. Have some mercy.
I read all the stories, I didn't think it could be true, that everything is so different here, that your relationships change, the women change. I thought after 3 years I knew my fiancee. I thought I could survive Japan. Beginning to have my first doubts. So much work for nothing. So much for a "free" working holiday visa. Not so much of a holiday.