I'm really pleased
This is an anniversary post, in some ways.
RetireJapan has been around since December 2013, so it is just over three and a half years old. This is the 333rd blog post!
We have over 500 people receiving the weekly emails (thanks, everyone!) and 600 people following RetireJapan on Facebook.
It's also my birthday this week, and I am now forty years old. Felt really strange to type that.
I don't put much effort into birthdays, and I don't feel this one is particularly significant, so didn't do anything spectacular to celebrate. Just a nice meal with my wife and a cake with the family.
I'm saving all the effort for my half-life party (I have arbitrarily decided that I will probably live for about 88 years, so my half-life party will be in four years' time), when I will travel around the world and visit all the people who are important to me so I can spend some time with them.
I'm also planning to retire from my day job around then. Rest assured, I'll keep you posted about that ;)
This is also a celebratory post.
The new RetireJapan Forum is going well in it's new home. If you haven't seen it yet please head over there and get involved. The community is the best thing about RetireJapan, and the more people ask questions and give advice, the more we all learn.
We have two RetireJapan events coming up, one in Kitakyushu and one in Nagoya. I'm really excited about both of them and hope to see some friendly faces on the day. Please spread the word if you have friends in the area.
The RetireJapan Guide to iDeCo, the first RetireJapan Guide, was published yesterday. I hope it will be the first of many.
The introductory price is 1,000 yen, and it will remain at this price until the next Guide is finished, at which point the price will go up to the regular price of 2,000 yen.
There is a refund policy. If you are not satisfied with the Guide for any reason, just drop me an email and let me know what the problem was and I will happily refund your money. I'll also try to improve the Guide based on your feedback.
Anyone who buys the Guide will receive any updates we make to it in the future.
The Guides are not books, they are curated PDF reports that summarize various personal finance topics in Japan. They aim to provide as much information as possible in English, and to help people take action and accomplish their goals.
We started with iDeCo because I think it's a no-brainer for a lot of people to open an account. On the to-do list are NISA, online brokers, building a house (heh!), getting a mortgage, looking for insurance, and many others. If you have a great idea for a Guide please let me know and I'll add it to the list.
Lastly I'd like to say thank you to everyone who has joined us on this RetireJapan journey so far. It's been really fun and incredibly educational. I hope we've helped some people along the way and am looking forward to continue trying to making everyone's lives better.
If you have friends that don't know about RetireJapan please tell them about us. This community gets better and better the more of us there are.