Inside Japan Podcast

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. If you are in Nagoya, be sure to stop in and say hey.

Topics Discussed:

  • 2:36 – Intro/How Utsav starting his career in Japan
  • 5:15 – What did you do about a visa when first starting out?
  • 11:40 – Did being a foreigner hinder your progress of opening the shop?
  • 17:20 – What’s an average day like for you work load wise?
  • 21:10 – Anything you wish you knew before starting out?
  • 28:40 – 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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