Inside Japan Podcast

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.

Topics Discussed:

  • 2:26 – Intro/How Charles starting his career in Japan
  • 7:20 – Becoming a missionary in Japan
  • 9:00 – Sam starts foodbanking work
  • 12:00 – Starting his own NPO
  • 17:20 – What Charles does with Second Harvest
  • 24:20 – Why Charles started Second Harvest and why he lived homeless for a year
  • 29:10 – “I don’t describe what I do as helping point”
  • 33:40 – Final Advice

Peter Lackner is the Managing Partner at and has had management-level positions at major job boards in Japan including:, GaijinPot, CareerEngine (formerly eCentral) and currently the managing partner at

Running a job board gives Peter the opportunity to speak with employers and job seekers every day and find out why some are successful and others are not. Speaking to both employers and job seekers has given Peter the ability to be able to see both sides of the hiring process. This is why JobsinJapan exists - to help job seekers find the jobs they want and employers to find the candidates they need. 

Peter is active in the ETJ (English Teachers in Japan organization), a member of JALT’s School Owners SIG and currently on the Board of Directors of the Tokyo Association of International Preschools.

You can often find Peter speaking to groups on how to get a new or better job, and to employers on how to avoid making a bad hire.

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