Jun 11, 2020work
Becoming a Freelancer in Japan #2 - Moving to Japan to Freelance

The challenges of moving to a new country to work are many, and if you add the stress of starting a new freelance career, all those can be overwhelming.

May 21, 2020work
How to Prepare for a Japanese Job Interview: Typical Questions - Part 1

Taking a job interview in a second language is a challenging experience that you need to be prepared for. In this article we are going to look at some common interview questions that you are likely to be asked in a Japanese job interview.

Apr 30, 2020work
Getting Work Teaching English in Japan: A guide for the perplexed

Teaching English in Japan has long been a relatively easy gateway into living and working here. Essentially, anyone whose first language is English and has a college degree has a chance of finding a job with a company that will sponsor a visa, and usually even help find a place to live.

Apr 10, 2020work
Rirekisho: How to Fill In a Japanese Resume

Unlike many western countries I’m familiar with, the Japanese CV format is almost totally standardized. Naturally, some companies (particularly tech ones) may ask for additional or alternative forms more like the CV or resume you’re familiar with, but understanding the Japanese one is going to be essential for looking for work here.

Mar 12, 2020work
Mind Your Manners! The Correct Etiquette for Japanese Job Interviews

If you have been offered a mensetsu (面接, interview) with a Japanese company, it is important that you prepare yourself in advance for the Japanese interview style. Interview etiquette is strictly regulated in Japan, with a set pattern of things you should and should not do. In this article, we offer tips for each stage of the interview process.

Feb 27, 2020work
Becoming a Freelancer in Japan #1 – For those already in Japan

This series will look at issues with becoming a freelancer in Japan. It will focus on several points, including official procedures. We will examine general issues for people working in various fields but I will include field-specific information when possible.

Feb 13, 2020work
How some companies want to improve the working conditions in Japan

Japan is well-known for its zealous workers and what often comes to mind when referring to its office workers are usually exhausted employees passed out on the train.

Jan 20, 2020work
The must-knows about hanko

In many western countries people use signatures when validating documents.

However, in Japan people often use personal seals to the same effect. These seals are called はんこ hanko or 印章 insho.

Jan 2, 2020work
Japanese Offices: Things I Have Learned
I was in a unique position in ...