Dear valued Members,

We would like to inform you of a few impending changes at Japan Reference (JREF). The current maintainers, Thomas and I, Maciamo, have decided to split up JREF into two different business entities.

I have created this new Japan-related website,, where I will continue to focus on topics relating to modern and traditional Japanese society and culture, as well as life, work and travel in Japan. Japan-related articles and photos authored myself and formerly hosted on JREF will be available at this new website, along with this discussion forum.

Threads started by other members will remain on JREF with a exception owing to special requests. Some threads still need to be be deleted on both forums to avoid duplicates. This should be done in the next few days.

The Japan Directory, Japan Classifieds, Japan Banner Exchange and Topsites Japan will remain on JREF.

While under separate management, both websites will continue to collaborate.

For more information, please refer to future announcements on both forums.

We thank you for your continued interest and dedication.