September 13, 2018

The Inside Japan Podcast – From JET CIR to International Sales Rep of a Hobby Company – Reina

This week, former JET CIR Reina drops to update us on what’s been going on with her since her first appearance almost a year ago, and how she managed to land her new gig as a International Sales Rep in a Hobby Company.
September 8, 2018

NEW Japanese Government Rules That Could Allow You To Do ANY Work

The Japanese government is scared – they have a massive labour shortage already beginning to show and they haven’t been adapting fast enough. But now they […]
September 6, 2018

The Inside Japan Podcast – From JET to Recruiter in Tokyo – Cara

This week we welcome back Cara, 2-time guest that is ready to start her new life as a corporate recruiter after a 2-year stint on the JET Program.
August 28, 2018

Appearing professional in Japan: Beards and Tattoos

You may have heard that Japan isn’t the most accepting place for people with tattoos and beards. What is considered fashionable and pretty common in western […]
August 23, 2018

The Inside Japan Podcast – Charles from Second Harvest

This week we welcome in Charles from the NPO Second Harvest, Japan’s first food bank. Charles started in the military, lived homeless in Japan for more than a year, and now is the CEO of his own company. Quite the story.
August 18, 2018

Staying Focused and Motivated During Your Teaching Downtime

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, your settling into your new teaching job. The honeymoon excitement of learning the ropes and consolidating the schedule details is drawing to a […]
August 16, 2018

The Inside Japan Podcast – Sam from Military Auto Source

This week I welcome in Sam, who is a proud Marine turned ALT turned Construction Worker turned Musician turned Car Salesman turned Body Builder with a very interested path through Japan.
August 9, 2018

The Inside Japan Podcast – English Teacher turned Frozen Yogurt Shop Owner

This week Utsav, former English teacher turned Frozen Yogurt Shop Owner, explains how if you have the Japanese (and some money saved) opening a successful small business in Japan is definitely possible.
August 2, 2018

The Inside Japan Podcast – Vickie from the Mental Health Support Organization TELL Japan

This week Vickie, Director of the not-for-profit Mental Health Organization Tell Japan. We get into exactly how TELL helps people, how VIckie got her position, and go over some issues Japan still has to deal with in terms of mental health.
August 1, 2018

Making English-Speaking Friends in Japan (The Easy Way!)

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or someone that is living overseas for the very first time, there is always one thing that hits home the hardest […]
July 25, 2018

The Challenges of Living in Japan Fall Somewhere in the Range Between Pokémon and Godzilla

Some situations, such as choosing the color of your bank debit card (coconut white, or autumn orange?) can seem impossible to resolve. Others, such as making […]
July 24, 2018

The Inside Japan Podcast – University Teacher Ben – Saving for Retirement in Japan

This week University Teacher Ben from Retire Japan drops in to share his wealth of knowledge about the very important, but rarely talked about topic of preparing for retirement while in Japan. Enjoooy.
July 18, 2018

The Inside Japan Podcast – Dispatch Company HR and Training Manager Philip

This week Philip from the dispatch company Wing drops in to take us through his path from teacher in Taiwan to HR manager in Tokyo. We also learn about the Tokyo Global Gateway in Odaiba, Tokyo which will open soon.
July 13, 2018

Your Friend in Tokyo

When I moved to Tokyo I was all alone. I had head east to seek my fortune. No connections, no guide, no idea what I was […]
July 10, 2018

The Inside Japan Podcast – Job Fair Common Mistakes

This week, we would like to share observations of mistakes we see job seekers making at Job Fairs leaving employers shaking their heads...and you without a second interview.
July 5, 2018
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Putting The Spark Back in Your English Classroom

It’s the end of the weekend, and once again you have a whole working week ahead of you. Maybe you’re wondering how Monday comes around so […]
June 30, 2018
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How To Win Your Way in Japanese Corporate Culture

If you thought that landing a job in a Japanese company was already hard enough, well… brace yourself! Understanding the intricacies of the Japanese corporate culture […]
June 27, 2018

Tools for Success in Japan

In the 1960’s, the richest man in the world, J. Paul Getty, wrote a book called ‘The Golden Age’, and in it he talked about the […]
June 25, 2018

Teaching Outside The Classroom – School Trips

“How do I keep an eye on ten children at a time?” “I struggle to navigate through trains on my own – let alone with kids!” […]
June 22, 2018

The Inside Japan Podcast – Brian from Link Japan Careers Inc.

This week Brian from Link Japan Careers drops in to walk up through his epic path through Japan, which even includes sitting in on the meeting where Interac decided to give the whole ALT thing a try… Enjoy
June 18, 2018

Getting Hired: Apply from Home or Go to Japan First?

So, you’re itching to get your career started in Japan, but you’re having trouble deciding between two options: Option 1 – Get hired while in your […]
June 14, 2018

Teaching Babies – How To Make It Fun and Rewarding

Teaching babies can be stressful, rewarding, terrifying and exciting all at the same time. It’s also something that you are likely to encounter if you come […]
June 11, 2018

Why English teachers in Japan feel like frauds and what to do about it

An issue that is difficult to pinpoint within the English as a foreign language (EFL) teaching profession is about teachers who have joined the ranks without […]
June 7, 2018

The Inside Japan Podcast: From Interac to Tech – Jordan

This week Jordan drops in to regale us with his tale of making the jump from Interac Teacher to his position in the Tech field.