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What Can Japan Learn From the Unsurprising Results at Microsoft Japan?

If you’ve been reading the news this week, you might have found out reports that Microsoft Japan had conducted an experiment during summer to see the effects a 4-day workweek would have. The rules were simple: employees would work 4 days a week while still getting paid for 5, all while enjoying 3-day weekends. The…

Working in the Nursing Home Care Industry in Japan

One of the industries in Japan that suffers severe labor shortage is the nursing home care sector. It is at the same time a sector that only keeps expanding, with no shortage of customers in the quickly aging nation that is Japan. This translates into many job offers with stable income available for both Japanese…

An Interview with Itochu: Learning About International Business

If you know anything about the Japanese economy, you may have heard about the zaibatsu, companies that were able to embed themselves in many parts of the Japanese economy. While these business conglomerates no longer exist in modern Japan, their integration models have inspired many businesses to pursue that same level of reach and stability.…

Quick interview: A young Vietnamese who passed the special skills exam!

Special skilled residence status (特定技能, tokutei gino) is a great opportunity for all foreigners currently living inside and outside Japan, wishing to have a stable job, and to eventually settle down in this most developed country of Asia. This status of residence has only been put into effect since this April (2019), but it has made a…
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Reasons to Live and Work in the Japanese Countryside and Small Towns

by Zoria Petkoska Even the hardcore city-lovers have days when the urban jungle is suffocating, overwhelming, energy-draining enemy. It makes a lot of us think about ditching city life for more comfort, but ultimately we are scared of the unknown. And the city is our playground and we play well on most days. Photo by…

A Conversation with Joe: Navigating Burnout and Family Life in Japan

Each time I sit down with a foreign professional in Japan, I can’t help but think what a treat it is to talk with them. Each person offers not only vast amounts of insight into the industry and culture of Japan today, but also that of the last dozen years. It is one thing to…

“Taking the Plunge”: Perspectives from a Seasoned Expatriate in Japan

Despite never having met Brad, there was almost an expected sense of familiarity before meeting. I knew we shared some kind of common background hailing from the same alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin; his firm Texan handshake and relaxed demeanor only served to confirm my expectations. He suggested a Japanese restaurant within…