April 23, 2019

Get Connections and Better Jobs by Joining TAIP

The Tokyo Association of International Preschools (TAIP) is an organization of schools, teachers and services that aim to serve the needs of the early childhood education […]
March 2, 2019

Smoking and Vaping to be Banned at Tokyo Olympics Venues

Smoking indoors and in public spaces has recently become more of an issue in Japan because of concerns like passive smoking. Leading up to the 2020 […]
December 8, 2018

Bill Allowing More Foreign Workers in Japan Passes Japan Diet

The Diet passed a bill that will allow more foreign workers into Japan. With the ageing population and lack of labour force in a lot of […]
November 27, 2018

Sponsor Your Own Visa For Japan

If you want to get the benefit of doing part-time work at multiple schools, when visa renewal rolls around you might want to self-sponsor your visa. […]
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 […]
April 3, 2018

Adapting to a Difficult School

Working as an English teacher in Japan can be an incredibly rewarding job, but sometimes your Japanese school can be really hard work. All English teachers […]
February 7, 2018

Time to do your income taxes

Doing taxes can be a really worrying thought, but the experience of it here in Japan is nowhere near as terrifying as you might think. Depending […]
December 7, 2017

Curriculum planning for English Schools in Japan

So you’ve found yourself a job at a private or international school. You were promised more freedom and growth as a teacher, and the school is […]
October 20, 2017

Is an All-English Classroom Good for Students?

When you start teaching in Japan, depending on the environment you’ll either be told to speak only English all the time, or you might mix the […]
September 26, 2017

Which Job is Right For Me: Kindergarten, Elementary, Jr High, High School or University?

Getting a teaching job in Japan isn’t just about picking the first place that pays a decent salary. If you follow that logic, you’ll probably end […]
August 20, 2017

Taking Pictures with your Students

Working in Japan, especially at a school, can have a lot of complications. If you are teaching English to young learners, you need to be aware […]
July 20, 2017

Teaching Special Needs Classes in Japan

It might not be what you are expecting, but chances are you will be teaching a special needs class, or teaching students with special needs as […]
July 7, 2017

Technology in the English Classroom

In most schools, technology in English classrooms in Japan is not employed properly to help students stay engaged and interested in the topic. Japan is well […]
June 22, 2017

Do you need to be a Native Speaker of English to get an English teaching job?

This is a question that is asked all the time: can I get a job as a non-native speaker of English? There’s good news and bad […]
June 2, 2017
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Classroom Management Tips from a Veteran

If you’re teaching English in Japan, classroom management will be on the forefront of your mind in a majority of your early classes. Sometimes, especially when […]
May 18, 2017
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Getting Your Vacation Days in Japan

A lot of English teachers have come here thinking that Japan would be the perfect base to travel around Asia, but after years the reality sinks […]
May 16, 2017
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Boost your English Teaching Career in Japan in May and June

You’ve gotten your English Teaching Job for the start of April and you hate it. It’s a struggle to get out of bed in the morning […]
April 25, 2017

The Art of Interviewing for a Job in Japan

If there is one skill that will be invaluable to you in Japan, it’s being able to interview well. Being able to enter a room with […]
April 19, 2017

Hiring Season in Japan – When is it and what to do

If you have worked in Japan before you might already know that April, the start of the financial year, is also the time to start your […]
April 14, 2017
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Language Barriers at Your Japanese Job – How to Overcome Them

When you come into a new culture and start working with people who don’t come from the same place you do, there is a high likelihood […]
March 30, 2017

Japanese School Job Security – Value Add

Working at Japanese schools can be a demanding job. You have grading, lesson prep, classes with forty students and teachers that sometimes don’t speak very much […]
March 27, 2017

Unpaid Overtime in Japan: When to Accept it and When to Say No

Working unpaid overtime in Japan is normal. Unfortunately this is the case, and many companies and schools will expect this from you. For people who see […]
March 17, 2017

Surviving Japanese Work Culture

Working in Japan is NOT like working back home. Do you remember the first time you set foot in Japan? You had training with your first […]
March 7, 2017

What Can You Do When Your Company Violates Labour Laws?

If you have ever been in a bad situation at work, you’ll know that it isn’t always easy to challenge your company in Japan. Unpaid overtime, […]