I know you can't take a lot to Japan, but make sure the movers wrap your wood stuff with blankets, not just paper. We didn't know about that and when we arrived in Hawaii, EVERY piece of woodwork (tables, chairs, bedroom sets, etc) were all dinged, scuffed, scratched because they were loosely wrapped in paper, taped, then stacked on each other, shifting all over the place in the crates.
some other pointers: 1. Take video (and keep it with you) of your expensive appliances (i.e. computer and T.V., etc.) working properly. They broke our computer. 2. If you have expensive tools have them list them seperately with the serial numbers, then put them in a locked case if you have one. 3. If you have a front load washer, make sure they pack around the drum so it doesn't shift during shipping (just make sure you take it back out before using it). 4. Your important paperwork (i.e. tax info, SSN, military record, etc.) keep with you in your moving binder/file. 5. Dismantle and secure any firearms you may be shipping (don't forget to have the serial number of that too).
Where are you guys going to in Japan. We are also going to japan but, we are going to Iwakuni. My hubs is deployed so I'm starting paper work today actually, but I was wondering who else is going to Japan and where?