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There are many people who are working in Japan, but want to change to a job that better suits them, with better conditions, and more profitable. However, changing jobs is never easy. In fact, when in a foreign country and culture there are so many important things you might not know, but are crucial to…

DISGUSTING: 7-Eleven Owes Millions to Employees

Seven-Eleven Japan Co. has officially reported that it owes at least 490 million yen (4.5 million dollars) to 30,000 or more employees. The issue is a result of miscalculation problems in the payroll system that failed to pay employees for portions of their overtime work. This affected 8,129 stores, and it was reported that the…

Why Is Going to the Immigration Bureau a Horrifying Trip?

Here’s a not-so-surprising fact: I hate having to renew my visa. This is a sentiment that resonates with every single foreign resident living in Japan under a visa. The only consolation is that we know that we don’t have to visit this place until we have to renew that visa. Therefore, the worst case scenario…

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.…
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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…