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 […]
February 1, 2019

(Podcast) Working at a Sake Brewery This week I talk to sake brewer Andrew, about how he got his job, what each day entails, and what its like to work for […]
December 9, 2018

The ALT Checklist:  What you need to know before you accept an ALT Position

Out of the ways to come to Japan is to be an English teacher, with one of the largest categories being that of an ALT (Assistant […]
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 […]
October 12, 2018

The Inside Japan Podcast: Eikaiwa Teacher to Interac to Opening a School – Tyson Tyson drops in this week to talk about working hard (while being a manager at Interac in particular), why passing N1 doesn’t guarantee you anything, […]
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 […]
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 […]
April 7, 2018

When JET Rejects You

The Agony and the Ecstasy of the JET Hopeful  You spent weeks putting together your application. You spent longer than that tracking down the perfect references, […]
March 29, 2018

ALTInsider Podcast – Life in Japan/Learning Japanese Apps You’ll Actually Use

This week James, the ALT Insider, polled people on social media and the discord about the apps they actually use to make their life in Japan/learning Japanese more awesome. This podcast goes through the most popular answers along with what we use here. Enjoy
March 11, 2018

Featured JobsinJapan Jobs of the Week 3/11 – 3/18

Each week, we share just a few of the awesome jobs available here on Jobs in Japan to help you find your first, or next, awesome […]
February 15, 2018

Just Arrived in Japan… and Saving Money?

When I came to Japan 8 years ago as a fresh faced new ALT, I had a thousand expectations, but three main goals: Have as much […]
January 25, 2018

ALTInsider Podcast – Can an older person find work in Japan?

This week James answers the question: Can an older person find work in Japan? (spoiler) The answer is a resounding YES, with caveats. Enjoy!    […]
January 5, 2018

The Magic of a Night Bus

With the holidays and vacation season now in full swing in Japan, today I have a recommendation for a great activity to try at least once […]
November 2, 2017

The 2020 MEXT Changes and You

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is set to implement a new public school English education system just in time for the opening ceremonies.
July 12, 2017

Working in Japan – Tell us what you really think?

Talk to four foreigners about their work in Japan, and you will likely get five different answers. You have the newbies in the honeymoon stage, disgruntled […]
May 10, 2017

News on Japan – The best news source you have never heard of

We at are news junkies and the results are in. We have found a winner for best news site for Japan, and it is Here is why:
April 24, 2017

ALTInsider Podcast – Kyle from Tokyo Munchies

This week, James from the ALT Insider speaks to Kyle from Tokyo Munchies who shares his epic path through Japan! Kyle just threw caution to the […]
April 14, 2017

Changing Jobs and Moving in Japan – Podcast

James at the ALT Insider speaks with Higgins about his experience with moving and changing jobs in Japan.  The good, the bad, the things you need […]
April 7, 2017

Using Free time Effectively

James at the ALT Insider goes to the mail bag to answer readers’ questions.  James gives his advice on how to make effective use of that […]
April 3, 2017

Truck Driver in Japan – Mike

We wanted to turn you on to a great podcast called ALT Insider.  This is not just for the teacher.  I especially liked the latest issue […]
February 6, 2017

Employer Interview: ECC Co., Ltd. speaks with Derek Huber and Makiko Igarashi at ECC Co., Ltd., to talk about ECC CES (Children’s Education Section) which deals primarily with kindergarten visits and after-school visits (to kindergartens).ECC has 1,925 branches throughout Japan is the the largest contractor for kindergarten English lessons in Japan.
February 3, 2017

Are you the “Poster Boy” for your school or company?

Companies and schools in Japan often treat their foreign employees, and students, like royalty-free models. Having smiling foreign staff make for great promotional material and you will invariably be called upon to have your photo taken. What should you do?
January 31, 2017

Employer Interview: Jennifer Cantwell, HR Manager, Borderlink, Inc. speaks with Jennifer Cantwell, HR Manager, at Borderlink, Inc. which is a leading company that places Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) at public kindergartens, elementary schools, and junior high schools throughout Japan.
January 25, 2017

Employer Interview – Cafe Company

Working in a cafe or restaurant in Japan takes a special kind of person, especially if you are a foreigner. sits down with Mr. Nicolas Koreni, General Manager, of Cafe Company Inc., which owns and operates over 60 different brands of cafes and restaurants in Japan.