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By Andrew on Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 12:23 am:

Problems or questions about your PC?
Check out Tokyo PC Users Group newsgroups at There will definitely be someone their who can help you out.

You could also go along to their next meeting on Thursday February 3rd and ask your question there. More details can be found on the web site The meeting is held in Omotesando in Tokyo.
After the meetings many meet up at Shakeys and have some fun.

Moderator's note:
Tokyo PC Users Group meetings are held in the basement meeting hall of the Tokyo Union Church on Omotesando Dori starting at 7PM. Y1000 for guests at the door.

By Stuart on Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 12:28 am:

>I want to buy one notebook computer and carry it to Canada or U.S. I don't
>know its modem can work normally in Canada (A salesman here reminded me its
>modem is designed to use in Japan, perhaps it can't be used in Canada,
>because of a different signal type of telephone line from one in Japan).

You should have no problems with it. There are minor differences with the signal strengths but it won't affect usage.

* * * * *useless_fact_of_the_day * * * * *
Actually, the only major difference is that Japanese modems (and telephones) are not allowed to repeat dial to the same number as fast as US modems as Japan's telephone system couldn't handle it when the standards were made...but again this doesn't really matter.
* * * * *useless_fact_of_the_day * * * * *

By Cornelia on Sunday, January 30, 2000 - 8:17 am:

Mac Users Group meets once a month about a 15 minute walk west of Shinjuku station (or take the Odakyu line train just one stop to Minamishinjuku station) in the Opera City complex.

Ringo Mac User Group:

On this page you can find out when the next meeting is and download a map to it. Also info about accessing their BBS (if you download their software and settings). I believe there is no fee for visitors.

If you go to the meeting, take tons of business cards!

By Kristen on Friday, March 2, 2001 - 3:58 pm:



Digital Eve Japan, a new international women's computing and technology group based in Tokyo with members throughout Japan, launched in February 2001 after disbanding Japan Webgrrls. We host meetings, workshops and speakers on a variety of computing and net-related topics. Our mailing list covers general software, hardware and internet discussions in English and Japanese. Our members are Japanese and foreign women living in Japan from a wide range of ages, technical backgrounds, and lifestyles. Please join us for stimulating conversation and a network of like-minded women.

Subscribe to mailing list:
Digital Eve Japan:

By liza kanazawa on Wednesday, March 7, 2001 - 1:06 am:

Can anyone tell me where i can buy a web camera for an english operating computer?

By Scott Hancock on Wednesday, March 7, 2001 - 10:10 am:

The best selection of imported computer products I know of is at T-Zone in Akihabara.

However, even if you can only find a product packaged for the Japanese market, if the same thing is also sold in the U.S., you can often download the English drivers for it from the maker's website. This can get tricky, though so proceed in this way with caution in accordance with your comfort level with such things.

11:31 AM
Here's a review of some webcams:

I think they sell the Logitech at T-Zone.

Moderator's note:

You could also try posting this question on the Tokyo PC Users Group newsgroup:

By G. W. on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 12:05 am:

Re: web camera with software in English worked for me, and no problems shipping to Japan. You may need to pay duty, but it's very cheap. I got two Logitech cameras from them and they've been great.

By Tracy Okuma on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 3:21 pm:

Expatwives in Japan - Just moved to Japan? Need to network and meet new friends?
Come and join this new email group!
Send an email to:-
Or visit us at:-

By Tracy Okuma on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 3:26 pm:

Married in Japan - A free friendship group for foreign wives of Japanese. This growing group always welcomes new members, we talk about everything and anything, living in Japan, international marriage, bilingualism, studying Japanese, you name it!
Send email to:-

By Karen on Thursday, February 7, 2002 - 12:44 pm:

I tried to subscribe to the expatwives mailing list but had my mail returned to me as the email and yahoo site is for subscribed members only.

If you would like to subscribe to this group:
1. visit
2. send email to:

It is likely the same with the Married in Japan email address.

By Admin on Friday, July 26, 2002 - 10:20 pm:

Friendly help with Linux (you will not be derided for asking a so-called "stupid" question).


The "Chix" part of the name refers to women, but men can also join, at least in most of the discussions.
"Techtalk" and "NewChix" are the lists for technical questions.

By Natalia R. on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 9:38 pm:

Hello everyone,
For anyone interested, posting info about a new email list which started last week. Hope to see some of you there!
Natalia @ For ALL, Hokkaido, Japan
New email list announcement [Women Can I.T. Japan]

Group homepage:

This group is a free, democratic, online-based computer and networking
group for women across Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Our goals are to promote the success of women in computing and Information Technology, to help with ideas about using IT in business and networking, to motivate, educate, empower and foster the personal and professional growth of each member through mutual support. We hope this list might help you improve your business skills too.

This group is a place where you can feel free to ask about ANY computer related problem no matter how trivial. Active participation and helping each other is encouraged. Participants are free to organise or participate in any online events organised through this list, as well as form off-line or local events in their area. Men who want to support women in Japan in becoming more successful in IT are welcome too. Snobs, spammers or people who want to discourage women from achieving their highest potential aren't welcome.
Languages used: English or Japanese.

Women CAN do I.T. in Japan and beyond, and YOU CAN too! But it is up to you to make it happen, and to make the best use of the list. The higher you aim, the higher you will get. Higher than Bill Gates? Why not! Women CAN DO IT!

By Ianc on Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 12:43 pm:

Has anyone had experience with PrimePC computers ( who seem to provide excellent spec machines at very good prices. I'm just not sure of the reliability versus a brand name...

By Tesselator on Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 3:16 pm:

Hi Ianc,

Personally I like companies like you linked to MUCH better than "brand names" besides Apple of course. The price point you're looking at ~$1k (~Y1oo,ooo) is where the "brand names" (except Apple) really cheapen things up and reliability suffers as a consequence.

If I were doing it (and I actually do so about 12 times a year) I would either build my own box or go with Apple which not runs Windows natively. My third choice would be a company like you linked to and my very last choice would be Dell, HP, Gateway, Sony or etc.

By Jonasan on Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 5:21 pm:

Get a Mac by all means - they are beautiful machines. But if you want to run WinXP then a PC is the logical choice and spend the savings over a Mac on maxing out the memory and graphics capabilities. English OS DELLs and HPs are very cheap in Japan. If the OP wants some more details please e-mail me

By Tesselator on Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 7:53 pm:

Yeah, they just use the cheapest wimpiest parts possible and then charge the same as some place like So while cheap you're actually (usually) getting less.

I think best buy (smart buy) goes like:

#1) Build your own.
#2) Small Vendor Builds (like )
#3) Apple
#4) Dell, HP, GateWay

I do purchasing and building here about once a month for a CG farms of between 40 and 120 machines and that's how I see it.

By Natalie_l on Monday, February 4, 2008 - 10:10 am:

Yes, my husband bought us a computer from primepc in October 2005 and we have been really happy with it. He did some research and chose the components that were the best value at the time. Our graphics card died 3 days before the 2 yr warranty expired but that was actually our fault -we were running demanding software (games) in Japan summer heat. PrimePC was really good about fixing it- fast and friendly. The graphics card we had was no longer made so they replaced it with a newer and better one. We still use this PC as our main computer. We used to be solely Mac users, and I still use and love Mac. Both have pros and cons - it really depends what you want to do with it. Play games and download movies etc., then get a pc, edit photos and home movies etc., then get a mac.

When we do update our PC, which my husband wants to do once the new "Empire: Total War" game comes out :-) , we will get our next one from PrimePC.

Hope this helps,


By Ianc on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 9:13 pm:

Many thanks for your replies. Reference of past (satisfied) clients is always helpful.

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