working in Japan

This Japanese Company Is Helping Moms Stay in the Workforce

It is quite strange, yet true, that many Japanese women are more likely to have university degrees than Japanese men. However, one of the biggest reasons why women quit their jobs after childbirth is the unfeasible working hours for child care. Since the workplace in Japan is very busy, working as a mother might mean…

What Is This Housing Support Project for Young Animators in Japan?

To work in the animation industry is one of the dream jobs most young people aspire in Japan. For those who eat, sleep, and breathe anime, this is a dream come true! Since most people love animation, it is a great chance for them to get immersed in the medium they love. But do you…

Is Mass Immigration the Only Way to Save Japan?

Many years ago before I came to Japan, I was taking part in a short-term intensive Japanese study facility to prepare for my coming trip. One of the students ahead of me in the class went a few weeks before my cohort and I. We sent him a letter asking, “What’s Japan like?” In his…

Stressed With Work? Here Are 3 J-Dramas That You Might Relate To

After studying and graduating, we go on to our working lives wherein we would remain so for a couple of decades (unless we happen to get lucky and retire early after accumulating enough fortune). There may be some issues that we might face in our work lives no matter which stage of life we are…

Paid ‘Pet Holidays’? This Company in Japan Gives Its Employees Just That

Pet ownership is very popular in Japan. Most of the time, pets are considered part of the family system wherein many of them are given enough care to be called family members. Just like children, they are well loved by their owners who give them priority over several things. However, there are cases when pet…

A Great Card Game That Will Help Teach Japanese Kids English

If you are living and working in Japan (or plan to), there is a very good chance that you are teaching English. I have been teaching English here for the better part of a decade. I have taught every level and type of student. Teaching children are particularly enjoyable. My favorite age group is 8-12-year-olds…

What Do the Japanese Think About People Sleeping on the Train in Japan?

I have been teaching English in one of Osaka’s most prestigious high schools. Despite it being one of the best high schools in the prefecture, I noticed a big problem in one of my classes – I would enter the classroom and 20 to 30 percent of my students are sleeping, and would stay asleep…

It’s the Small Things: 5 Reasons Why Japan is So Lovable!

Since arriving in Tokyo, there are so many everyday interactions and experiences that I have learned to love here. The Japanese hospitality, social etiquettes, and the amazing public transport system are obvious ones but there are a few other things that I see and experience that I absolutely love and very rarely see, if at…

First-Time English Assistant Language Teacher in Japan? Here are 5 Things You Should Know!

More and more people are planning long-term overseas experiences in Japan that involve teaching English as their vehicle. After speaking with a current Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), it inspired me to share some of the valuable lessons she’s learned along the way, which might help others embarking on the same journey. Although experiences may vary,…