working in Japan

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…

3 Teaching Tricks to Fight Against Chunibyou (2nd Year Sickness)

Imagine, you are 14. You are in class listening to increasingly harder lessons, but you would rather be playing sports, video games or simply chilling with your friends. You have no end in sight of this terrible thing called schooling. You have no drive, after all, people who study are nerds, and you don’t want…

How to be Successful in your Job Search in Japan!

Jobs in Japan may include: Administrative/Clerical positions, Business and Sales, Engineering and Technology, Teaching English, or labor works such as working in a factory, pretty much the same types of jobs available in your own country. Finding employment in Japan can be easy or hard for some. The following list might be a common-sense no-brainer…

Ikemeso: Rent a Hot Guy to Wipe your Tears Away

Japan has long been producing services such as rent-a-boyfriend or rent-a-girlfriend for any occasion. Another company, known as Ikemeso, has introduced a rent-a-guy system to console the emotions of women who are sad, lonely and desperate. The main targets are stressed female office workers who are in need of this legitimate service. The Concept –…

Teaching Japanese Students: The Best and Worst Parts

When I was studying for my teaching qualification, the instructor gave examples of how different students need to be taught in different ways. For example, a class of typically quiet and timid Japanese learners would need cajoling in a way very different from the way that boisterous, talkative Latin American learners would need a bit…

Are you ready to work in Japan? All about Job Hunting

Let’s face it, if you are reading this, you probably once considered applying for a job in Japan. Or at least thought about how it would be to do so. Working in Japan… Something like a lifetime dream for some, a challenge or dreadful experience for some. The Europe based Japanese learners have probably heard…

Insights on Teaching English in Japan: A Typical Workday

I’ve been living and working in Japan as an English instructor for a few years now and I really enjoy it, if you’re thinking of moving to Japan as a teacher with one of the big, private language schools you’re probably wondering, what’s the experience like day to day? Typical day With most schools, the…

11 Types of Office Personas Found in Japanese Society

We meet all kinds of people with different behaviors in the office, but perhaps do not have a label to identify them like the Japanese do. Some mentioned below are necessary for survival in the office, some are for climbing the corporate ladder, and some are simply descriptive characteristics of certain personalities. These do not…

What It Takes to be a Japanese Salary Man

The quintessential salary man (サラリーマン) in Japan is a male white-collar worker or businessman who works for a large corporation or bureaucracy. He must have attended and graduated from an elite school, and is hence trained and brainwashed by default to suit working for “the greater good” instead of for oneself. He works 60-80-hour workweeks…

Omiyage Gifting: A Social Obligation in Japan?

After returning from a vacation, you may have brought some souvenirs or gifts back for friends or yourselves; it’s natural to think that this is a wholly voluntary act and usually given only to people who you are close to or who you are in good terms with. But who would have thought that NOT…