Sep 4, 2020work
Interview with Rina from Indonesia on life and work in Japan

Hello, I’m Rina from Bogor, Indonesia.

I majored in Computer Science but since I was a kid I always have interest in Japan. Probably it started in high school, where we had Japanese language class for 1 year. I was good at it, and I wanted to learn more. Since then, I learn the language by myself as a hobby. After passed the JLPT N4 I was thinking to level up my Japanese language skill, hence, I joined a language school in Jakarta while working in an IT solution company as a System Developer.

Aug 13, 2020work
How to Prepare for a Japanese Job Interview: Typical Questions - Part 2
This is the second part of our guide to common Japanese interview questions, in which we provide some pointers and suggestions to help your prepare your answers. In Part 2...
Jul 30, 2020work
Japanese Cover Letters

The practice of writing cover letters for your resume or rirekisho is not traditionally followed in Japan. However, with the increasing internationalization of business, and the spread of online job applications, these have become a more common part of the process. In addition, international companies will require one. This means it’s becoming an important skill to have if you want to work in Japan.

Jul 23, 2020work
From Spain to Japan: Honing His IT Skills in the Land of His Dreams

Jose moved from his home country Spain to Japan in July 2018 with his wife and is now engaged in cutting edge IT research and development for a Japanese IT company.
We interviewed Jose, who spoke of his desire to live in Japan and work with the latest Japanese IT technology, and of how he studied Japanese in order to fulfil that dream.

Jul 3, 2020work
How to Prepare for a Japanese Job Interview: Polite Language #1

In this article we will look at the polite language you should use in a Japanese job interview. It is important to review such language prior to your interview in order to make the best impression and avoid unintentionally impolite mistakes.

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.