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 where host James has an interview with Mike, a truck driver in Japan. He started in the navy, made his way into English teaching, and then took to the open road. A really interesting story.




  1. Terry

    “when I wake up in the morning, I dont have to be one (gaijin)”

    I didnt get the logic with this statement.

    It seems he is saying, eikaiwa is just role playing a gaijin personality. Agreed. But if you work in a japanese company, your also role playing because you must not only speak in Jaanese you must act like one also. Id rather just stay in my default lane and be good with that I find it extremely liberating. Cant say I would find it “liberating” to work in a role like he is in. Id rather rely on programming and other non Japanese hard skills and work in an international enviroment and build something to project me out of Japan. True, if you put in the effort Jaanese usually recongize, but youll never be a manager, they will always call the shots and there ill be a ceiling on everything you try to achieve. Not very liberating, but if that works for him, no hate from me but having been in Japan for some time, and I disagree ith most of what he says.


      I can definitely agree with this. Everyone has different opinions about what *playing a role* is for sure. I know many people that have a killer time teaching English in Japan and that is the exact role they want to be playing. I know other people with hiring paying work from home jobs that feel like a slave that is trapped inside because of constant deadlines. Bottom line for me is, if you are happy and having fun every single day doing what you do there is no need to change that, no matter what it is.

  2. Mike

    So it’s possible to get working visa for trucking job? Was thinking myself about going to Japan and trying to get that kind of job since what I do for a living in UK is driving HGV (class 1 – tractor + trailer) and heard I can get my UK license exchanged onto japanese one without doing re-test, but not sure if that’s true.Also don’t know if driving HGVs is considered enough high skilled labour to even start working visa procedure.
    Of course college degree AFAIK is still neccessary.

    1. Silvia

      I am working in New Zealand as truck driver too and wondering the same thing

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