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 Japanese offices. I worked in offices at three different Japanese companies, but not for them. I was a business skills instructor for several...
Dec 19, 2019work
The very formal way of dressing and speaking in a Japanese business

When trying to picture a Japanese city like Tokyo and its inhabitants, one of the first things that comes to mind is a crowd of straight-backed people with stern faces.

Dec 12, 2019work
Demystifying Honne and Tatemae

If you’ve researched living and working in Japan much at all, you’re sure to have come across the terms honne 本音 (true feelings) and tatemae 建前 (façade). The terms seem to haunt people’s interactions, with some foreigners describing the concepts as the ultimate barrier to understanding.

Dec 5, 2019work
The Japanese Office Dress Code
If you want to make a good impression when you first start working at a company in Japan, then it is important to stick closely to the standard Japanese office...
Nov 21, 2019work
Anastasia, a civil engineer working in Japan

From time to time, we ask expat engineers about their experience in working and living in Japan. This time Anastasia, a civil engineer from Russia, tells why she decided on moving here and how is it to live and work in Japan.