we first applied years ago, Dimia was the biggest pain in the ass in the world. eg - we filled out the forms, handed them in. the girl at the counter said we didnt have the right forms, and gave us some extra ones...we filled those out, handed them in, another guy said we didnt need those extra forms, but this other one instead. awesome "fuck off" attitude by the counter poeple each time too. add the waiting an hour or two at the immi office each time. in the end, we applied from within japan, quick, easy concise and no fucking around. oh, and cheaper. now that said, we went to the immi office recently here, almost no people waiting, staff were friendly etc...total turn around.