Category Archives: JOBS

Applying to Teach in Japan from Overseas: A Basic Guide

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Applying to Teach in Japan from Overseas: A Basic Guide

My route to a current, stable life in Osaka wasn’t the most direct one. Before landing in my current home, I worked in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Okayama and Hong Kong. Along the way, I successfully secured employment in Japan from abroad not once, but twice — and under quite different personal circumstances.

Eligibility requirements, of course, vary depending on your country of origin, your level of education and your Japanese ability. Still, there is a basic process that applies to all who wish to come here to teach.

Positive prep

Before you begin, think about why you want to teach in Japan and make sure to keep that in mind as you slog through your applications (it’s likely that you’ll fill out more than one). The important thing during the process is not to give up. It can be hard playing the waiting game when all you want to do is jump on a plane and be in Japan already. But stick with it, stay positive, and you will get there.


5 Reasons Why Teaching in Japan is Amazing

5 Reasons Why Teaching in Japan is Amazing

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2017 Top Jobs in Japan Week 17

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Check back each week as we look through the database of jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick the ones we think are most interesting. You can apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs.

Chefs, Cooks, Kitchen Staff

  • Japanese: Fluent
  • English: Conversational
  • Must have a valid working visa
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • ¥170,000 ~ ¥270,000 / Month

Conrad Osaka is hiring chefs, cooks and kitchen staff for its newly opened luxury hotel in Osaka. You will be joining a team with the highest quality standards for food and beverage operations of its restaurants, bars, banquet facilities and room service requests. You must have at least 1-year kitchen experience or be a culinary school graduate.


Cooking and Service Staff

  • Japanese: Business level
  • English: Conversational
  • Tokyo and Kyoto
  • ¥1,000 / Hour
  • Must currently reside in Japan with a valid working visa
  • Must have chef’s or restaurant experience

Cooking and service staff wanted at the teppanyakis steak restaurant Misono in Tokyo and Kyoto. Business-level Japanese and conversational English are a must. Ability in Mandarin would be a big plus but not mandatory. You must have experience working as a chef, cooking or service staff and a valid working visa.


UK Government Outreach Representative

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40 Questions


Probably about 30 too many…

Last year I taught a personal finance class in English at my university. It was an elective ‘high-level’ class, and I had five wonderful students join. We had an amazing time talking about money, happiness, and life, and how they interact.

This year I am trying to repeat the experience, but with ordinary undergraduates. We had the first session last week, and I gave them some questions to preview the course content and get them speaking to each other in English.

I posted the questions on Facebook and someone asked me to answer them, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone by answering them here and taking care of the Monday blog post 🙂

1 Do you have a part-time job? Why? Why not?
Yes, I have had a second or even third job since my second year in Japan. Working in different contexts or on side hustles allowed me to increase my skills, expand my networks, and support my family. Right now I have a day job and three side projects.

2 Do you save money regularly?
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Living in Japan Forever

Japan’s a never-ending list of woulda, coulda, and shoulda’s. And chart-topping that vertical-ruled kanji notepad is: Shoulda remembered how I felt about Disney Land.

But hey, hindsight’s 20-20, Mickey Mouse. Go on wit’ yer oversized hands.

Living in Japan

When I first got to this nation, everything was amaaazing. I sat in Starbucks overlooking Shibuya scramble and marveled at the 4-way confluence of humanity weaving its way across Tokyo. Somehow I found myself talking to a cute girl with orange hair from Korea and we took polaroids together. Then a couple of beers later, the bronze statue of Hachiko the dog, a random hostess bar, dancing in Gas Panic, weaving drunkenly through seas of neon and Chinese prostitutes until finally eating bowls of glowing ramen in some ramshackle late-night noodle shop. It was brilliant.

“Man, I could never get tired of Japan!” I actually said this to my brother on the phone the following day.

“Dude, that’s what you said about California,” he replied.

“Yeah, but Japan’s different,” I said. “You don’t understand.”

I really gotta be more careful in my pronouncements.

Getting into Disney Land

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