working in Japan

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…

Japanese Identity – Social and Everyday Contacts

Everyday personal contacts that Japanese people make are given a high importance. The Japanese desire to ‘belong’ and it is certainly true that the izakaya (pub), certain events and sport clubs are playing an important part in many people’s lives. There, people search contacts with other people who share some of the interests and attitudes…

Save Japan’s Economy: Increase the Female Workforce!

Apparently, Japan has been facing an economic downturn since its recession period. Its economy has been spiraling downwards due to many occurring circumstances. One such circumstance is the lack of workers in the country. The workforce is a very important contribution to support the country’s welfare cost and taxes. Do you know that Japanese women…

What it really is like being an English teacher in Japan

Being a foreigner in Japan, who doesn’t speak fluent Japanese, there aren’t that many options available in terms of job hunting. The easiest route for many, is becoming an English language teacher. A large proportion of Japanese people really want to improve their English skills, so there is always a demand! There are many different…

How to Become a Teacher of Children in Japan

If you are a native English speaker who is working in Japan, chances are you are working as an English Teacher. With a high annual turnover, there are thousands of English teachers in Japan at any one time, and there are always positions to be filled. If you are looking to teach English to kids…

Too old to work? Think again!

According to the UN, Japan has a quarter of its total population (i.e., 25 %) of senior citizens above 65 years old. Also, the total population is going to decrease 10% by next decade. There is also a fear that if the shrinking continues at the same pace, there wont be any Japanese left by…

Looking for an apartment? Stay in a Leo Palace21

Are you planning to study or work in Japan for a year or two? Are you looking for the best apartment that would fit your needs during your short-term stay here? In This article, I will introduce the apartment which I think is good for short-term workers or foreign students. The Apartments The apartment’s name…

How to Get a Working Holiday Visa in Japan

Have you ever heard about the working holiday program? working holiday program is an initiative of the government in some countries that enable young people from different (particular) countries to take extended holiday in their countries for one year or more, and to work in those countries. This program normally aims for giving international people…

How to Find a Job as an English Teacher in Japan

Are you looking for a job in Japan? Or do you want to change your current job for a better one in a “greener pasture”? Whether you are an English-speaking person in or outside Japan who is looking for a job, this article may help you in your search. English Teachers in Japan jp.fotolia.com/ Due…