Category Archives: JOBS

Teaching Special Needs Classes in Japan

It might not be what you are expecting, but chances are you will be teaching a special needs class, or teaching students with special needs as an English teacher in Japan.

Once you get over that slightly worrying phase of “am I even allowed to do this” and “don’t you need a qualification or something”, you’ll have a chance to see how rewarding and fun teaching a special needs class can be, if you let it.

I taught a special needs class for a year in Nagoya, and actually found it to be really fun and rewarding. There were seven special needs students in the class with widely varying issues like Down’s Syndrome, low IQ and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since I studied psychology at university, I had some ideas of what these disorders meant, but I was still totally unprepared to teach these classes. I’ve had a few students who were just a little slow or had speech affectations, to those who just scream randomly every two or three minutes during class, and others who were violent and had to be asked to leave the school. It can be hard to know what to do.

Here are some general principles that have helped me to have successful special needs classes, as well as somewhat help special needs children within a regular class.

1 – Be patient

Students with special needs might not always make sense or understand you… like, at all! You have to learn to appreciate that they won’t always (or in some cases, often) get what you’re saying and to absolutely never take out your frustrations on the students. I’ve seen teachers snatch pencils or open textbooks in an alarming and angry way, which will only confuse a special needs child further.

It can be really hard to remain calm when students are behaving …continue reading

    

2017 Top Jobs in Japan Week 29

Source: Gaijin Pot

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.


Manga Editor (Tokyo)

  • English: Fluent
  • Japanese: Conversational level valuable
  • Experience in publishing industry
  • Working Visa support available

Coamix is looking for ambitious manga editors, to join its new program aiming to welcome manga creators from all over the world, supporting them to create new manga titles. Your role in this position will be to manage manga creators from all over the world, under the supervision of experienced editors. Excellent written/spoken English is needed.

Apply


Writer/Journalist (Yokohama)

  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Business level
  • ¥240,000 / Month – Negotiable
  • JLPT N2 level or above

Introduce Japanese culture to worldwide readers. As part of the Grape Japan team, you will be asked to write articles that introduce Japan’s most beautiful aspects or its popular sub-cultures in English. Experience in photography and/or videography is preferred. Part-time position also available. Visa sponsorship available. Must currently reside in Japan.

Apply


Instructors for University/Corporate Classes (Kanto area)

  • English: Native level
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • ¥3,500 ~ ¥4,500 / Hour
  • Must have proper work visa (multiple years required)

Linguage, one of the educational arms of Zenken, is looking for part-time instructors for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba and Ibaraki. They offer one-day, weekly teaching sessions and intensive programs, depending on client’s need. Transportation fees will be covered. Must have at least 12-year education in English.

Apply


Video Game Script Writer (Shinagawa, Tokyo)

  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Business level
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • Visa sponsorship available

Dream job spotted. Have you ever written scripts for …continue reading

    

Working in Japan – Tell us what you really think?

Talk to four foreigners about their work in Japan, and you will likely get five different answers. You have the newbies in the honeymoon stage, disgruntled workers, lifers like myself and everything in between.

We put together a survey so that you can give your insight to employers and job seekers as to what the truth is. Once the data is in, you will find out how your situation stacks up against other foreigners working in Japan. We would really like to hear more about you, your experience here and get your feedback, which should make for some interesting findings.

(We got word that the survey provider software is a bit slow and clunky so bear with us).

Instead of offering respondents a small reward or the very unlikely chance of winning a prize such as an airline ticket or off-season hotel room, we are going to make a donation to a charity for each completed response. A list is at the end of the survey.

Here is the link to the survey: https://surveys.syno-int.com/view/index.php?sid=33687&lang=en

Additionally, all respondents living in Japan will receive a 1,000 yen off coupon at Domino’s Pizza Japan (https://www.dominos.jp/eng/account/coupon/), and one free admission to a Kokusaika International Party (https://www.internationalparty.com)

Your personal information is confidential and absolutely will not be shared with any third party. We appreciate your taking the time to complete the survey.

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2017 Top Jobs in Japan Week 28

Source: Gaijin Pot

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.

High-school Teachers (Tokyo)

  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Preferably basic level
  • Must currently reside in Japan

Global Indian International School is looking for experienced teachers for accounting with economics, business studies and English lessons at an international school in Edogawa, Tokyo. You must have native-level English and basic Japanese ability. Those with a degree in the aforementioned fields of study will be highly valued.

Apply


Engineer/ Patent Attorney (Tokyo)

  • English: Native level or equivalent
  • Japanese: Business level highly preferred
  • Overseas applications OK / Visa sponsorship available

Sonoda & Kobayashi law firm is looking for an engineer, patent agent or patent attorney. Native English, strong communication skills and an international mind-set will be key for this position. If creative ideas, unique solutions and a community of intellect are of interest to you, send your application now! Minimum two years of working experience.

Apply


Assistant Director (Tokyo)

  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • Visa sponsorship available
  • ¥250,000 / Month

Japan Visual-media Translation Academy (JVTA) is a Tokyo/LA-based school/agent specialized in translation of audiovisual and other media content. They are looking for motivated bilingual candidates at their Tokyo office. Native English and business Japanese is required. Responsibility includes product development, school administration, management of translation services and coordination with overseas counter parts.

Apply


Food & Beverage Staff (Tokyo)

  • English: Conversational
  • Japanese: Business level
  • 1-year experience with Food & Beverage areas
  • ¥185,000 ~ ¥300,000 / Month

The Shangri-la Hotel, located in Chiyoda, Tokyo, is hiring restaurant staff such as assistant manager, sommelier, …continue reading