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Two foreigners have obtained the special skilled visa!

Considering the new Immigration Control Law came into effect earlier this year, and that the examinations for special skilled visa (特定技能ビザ) already started and will continue to be held in the near future (for details, check this!), the Immigration Department has released some optimistic news. According to the Immigration Department, the first two foreigners to…

Examination for Special Skilled Visa: Easy or Difficult?

One of the most concerning news for foreigners living inside as well as outside Japan is the new type of visa, the “special skilled visa” (特定技能ビザ) allowing more than 340,000 foreigners to legally live and work in Japan up to 5 years. Moreover, this type of visa covers a wide range of industries, and there…

Pursuit your career at a fancy Western restaurant in Tokyo: why not?

Being an expat in Japan is the dream of many people. However, it is difficult to find a decent job in Japan, especially in Tokyo. If you come to Japan with no Japanese ability, working in the kitchen of a restaurant would be a good option. Many foreigners had chosen this career path to go…
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Is It Actually Hard to Find a Job in Japan?

Before first coming to Japan with my brand new Working Holiday Visa, I was told it was pretty difficult for a “gaijin” (aka foreigner) to find a job without speaking some decent Japanese. A lot of people, including my closest relatives, tried way too hard to engrave in my brain this incoherent information (and it…
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My ALT Experience In Kawagoe

Working as an AET (specifically, an assistant English teacher) in a Japanese public junior high school was a challenging experience that stretched me, and gave me a broader set of teaching skills and experience. At first, I started out working in a couple junior high schools in Adachi-ku, the ward of Tokyo I first lived…
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Nagano’s Manufacturing Industry: 1 in 31 workers are Foreigners

The sound of heavy machinery, repeating the same task again and again, fills the air. On conveyor belts lie white-like-snow enoki mushrooms, taken from the cultivation room next door. From there, workers hand pick the best ones and with the help of machines, fill cardboard boxes waiting to be shipped. K.I. Ogiwara Factory and Its…

Finding work in Japan: Positive and Negative Experiences

This article is about my experience as a teacher in Japan and about Kindergartens here and I will try to touch both the positive and negative aspects about working in Japan as an English teacher along with a few tips and information on how I applied, what you should know and what you should prepare…
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Finding work in Japan: Exposing the Dark Side of Getting a Job in Japan

This article is about my experience as a teacher in Japan and about Kindergartens here. In my previous articles I talked a bit about how I managed to get a job in Japan, visas, procedures and my training in Shizuoka. For part one of this article series, check here: Finding work in Japan: Positive and…
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Finding work in Japan: Both the Dark and the Bright Side

This article is about my experience as a teacher in Japan and about Kindergartens here and last time I explained a bit of how I got a visa in Japan, how did my training start and what I felt teaching for the first time in a Kindergarten. For part one of this article series, check…