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2018 Top Jobs in Japan Week 17

Source: Gaijin Pot

If you’re looking to work in Japan, check back here 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.

English Instructors (Tokyo)

  • English: Native level
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • EFL and business experience a plus
  • Must be in Japan and available for in-person interviews in Tokyo
  • Visa sponsorship available

Berlitz Japan has immediate openings for full-time native or native-fluent English instructors to teach classes on weekends as well as evening classes on weekdays in Tokyo. Attractive salary of ¥275,000 per month.


1-to-1 English Instructor (Applicants outside Japan)

  • 40-minute lesson rates from ¥1500 ~ ¥2200
  • English: Native level
  • Must currently reside OUTSIDE of Japan
  • University degree (accredited) required for visa sponsorship
  • Must include a cover letter
  • Visa sponsorship available

Teaching with Gaba means a professional work environment, motivated adult students and a flexible schedule. Make the most of your Japan experience whether it is a working holiday or a long-term commitment. Career opportunities available. We have learning studios throughout Japan.


Video Game Associate Producer (Shinagawa, Tokyo)

  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Business level
  • Must have at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Visa sponsorship available

ZigZaGame is looking for an associate producer to orchestrate work-flow across all elements of a mobile game project — content, art, engineering, scripting, localization and design. You will also be responsible for executing the game producer’s ideas while also formulating some of your own ideas into the game. Knowledge of current industry trends particularly “otome” games is a big plus!


Native English Instructor (Osaka)

  • English: Native level
  • Must currently reside in Japan
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Smoking Alternatives in Japan for World No Tobacco Day

While in some areas such as AI, robotics and technology Japan is considered very much an advanced nation, there are some areas in which the country remains in the dark ages.

A prime example of this is its attitude towards smoking. While in much of the developed world, lighting up in a restaurant or bar will have you frogmarched into the street and hung drawn and quartered, in Japan it is not unusual to see diners happily puffing away between bites of fried chicken and swig of highballs.

This can be pretty shocking for most westerners, even for the smokers amongst us. And while some smokers may feel it a relief from the ostracization they face in their homelands, others may find that that your cigarette consumption goes up dramatically, and you have increased concerns for your health leading to you to want to quit.

So, if you want to give up smoking, why not do so on May 31? World No Tobacco Day is a day dedicated to highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption, which makes it a perfect time to kick the habit.

Of course, giving up cold turkey can be pretty tough, so there are various other ways of doing it. Here are a few options for doing so in Japan.


Overwhelmingly the most popular cigarette substitute in Japan, you have probably seen these semi-vaping machines everywhere. According to Philip Morris International “IQOS are sophisticated electronics that heat specially designed heated tobacco units. IQOS heats the tobacco just enough to release a flavorful nicotine-containing vapor but without burning the tobacco.” PMI claims that this heating of miniature tobacco sticks are 95 per cent better for you than the burning of cigarettes.

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Is Japan a Lonely Place?

“Remember that place I used to live, on the 5th floor?” If this was Emi’s way of asking if I could ever forget her tiny, damp apartment where we spent several nights a week cross-legged on the floor powering through tins of mackerel and cans of malt liquor, the answer would be a resounding Oh …

“Is Japan a Lonely Place?”

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Japan News This Week 22 April 2018

Japan News This Week 22 April 2018 今週の日本 Japanese Baseball Reloads After Shohei Ohtani. But Who Will Follow His Path? New York Times The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes: Japan BBC Illegal casinos on the rise in Osaka’s entertainment area The Mainichi Abe hopes Trump meeting will bring Japan in from diplomatic cold Guardian Japan’s new marine unit in East China Sea upsets Beijing Asia Times The disconcerting role Japan will increasingly play as key US ally in East Asia Japan Focus Last Week’s Japan News on the JapanVisitor blog Statistics According to Japan’s Ministry of Education, there were 2,098 pregnant students at enrolled at Japanese high schools in 2015 and 2016. In an attempt at assisting these young women, the Ministry has instructed local school boards to allow them to not participate in gym class. Source: Jiji Press ©

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Mainichi: Zainichi Korean’s hate speech lawsuit ends in her favor. Bravo. But Mainichi plays word games, mistranslates “racial discrimination” (jinshu sabetsu) into “ethnic discrimination” in English!


Freelance writer Lee Sin Hae, 46, filed a lawsuit with the Osaka District Court in August 2014 against [officially-acknowledged hate group] “Zainichi tokken o yurusanai shimin no kai” (“Citizens’ group that does not forgive special rights for Korean residents of Japan,” or “Zaitokukai”) and its then chairman, Makoto Sakurai, demanding 5.5 million yen in compensation. Lee alleged that the group defamed her by calling her “an old Korean hag” during rallies in the Sannomiya district of Kobe and “a lawless Korean” on Twitter.

The district court ruled in September 2016 that Zaitokukai had made the statements with the intent to incite and intensify discrimination against Korean residents of Japan, and ordered the group to pay Lee 770,000 yen in damages. According to Lee’s attorney, in June 2017, the Osaka High Court became the first court to recognize that a plaintiff had been subjected to “composite discrimination” — in Lee’s case, ethnic and gender discrimination. However, the high court upheld the lower court’s compensation amount of 770,000 yen. Zaitokukai appealed, but the Supreme Court’s Second Petty Bench turned down the appeal late last year, finalizing the Osaka High Court’s decision.

Submitter JK comments: Now one of the things I find curious in the article is that we’re introduced to so-called “composite discrimination” (複合差別) which, in the Japanese version of the article is defined as racial discrimination (人種差別) plus “gender discrimination” (女性差別; I think ‘sexism’ would be a better choice of words). However, in the English version, “composite discrimination” is defined as “**ethnic** and gender discrimination”.

Debito comments: The mistranslation is very indicative. My take is that one of three things happened:

1) The mistranslation was accidental, because Japanese society is so blind to the problem of “racial discrimination” in Japan (as has demonstrated, it’s taken decades for …continue reading