working in Japan

5 Essential Phrases to Remember that will Help with Everyday Life in Japan!

In the English-speaking world, Japanese is famous for being a difficult language to learn. One particularly challenging aspect is that English and Japanese just don’t match up. While many concrete words like eat or vegetables are easy to look up, sometimes the dictionary can be unclear, or downright deceiving. You can study that moyamoya means…

Living in Japan and on the Job Hunt? Here’s 5 Great Tips to Nail that Interview!

Job interviews are a complicated matter on their own; add to that experience certain Japanese business etiquettes and you may have a disaster waiting to happen but only if you are not prepared. In this particular instance, understanding the criteria that the interviewers focus on, regardless of the questions, is key in order to convey…

How Can I Find a Part-Time Job in Japan?

Foreigners living in Japan that do not have a steady flow of income or people that want just an extra source of income might consider taking a part-time job (arubaito) to earn that extra cash. Finding a part-time job in Japan doesn’t have to be difficult, but there are some points that should be considered…

Want to Live in Japan Permanently? Here’s How to Become a Citizen

Do you want to live in Japan permanently, and enjoy the safety, security, and stability that comes with being a citizen here? You wouldn’t be the first to want to or try to achieve this. After all, Japan is seen as a great place to set up home for many people over the world. Particularly…

Grandchild–Care Leave: A New Solution for the Japanese Grandparents

It is very hard to find a babysitter in Japan. And even if you do, chances are the cost will be horribly expensive! What makes it worse are many households are “two-income” where both parents work to provide for the family. So who is left with the children then? – The Grandparents. The New System…

How To Write Your Resume in Japan?

If you are a foreigner in Japan looking for a part-time job, you probably already know that Japanese resume writing is almost a job in itself. Here I would like to tell you about ‘rirekisho’ (resume) writing strategies that will help you land the ‘arubaito’ (Japanese for part-time job) that will pay for the good…

Nominication: How Japanese Express Themselves Through Drinking

During the 20th century, Japanese companies began encouraging employees to have gatherings after work hours to strengthen camaraderie over a couple of drinks. This is also a good opportunity for the employees to have a good time with their co-workers or even their bosses and get rid of stress from work.   cybozushiki.cybozu.co.jp/ Japanese people…

Work Culture in Japan: Why Is It So Different?

Overtime, few benefits, no days off: what is it really like working in Japan? If you work in an office environment, be prepared to wear formal clothes and learn how to exchange business cards in the polite Japanese way. You might need to learn formal Japanese (‘keigo’ 敬語) too, which is a whole different ballgame…

Working in Japan: How to Brush Up on your Business Manners

Working in a Japanese company, especially in Japan, can be a challenge not only to foreigners but also to nationals given that in the Japanese Corporate Culture exist certain “business etiquettes” must be taken into consideration at all times. Because of this, it is advisable to get knowledgeable in the corporate culture and mannerisms of…