Inside Japan Podcast

The Inside Japan Podcast – Vickie from the Mental Health Support Organization TELL Japan

This week Vickie, Director of the not-for-profit Mental Health Organization Tell Japan. We get into exactly how TELL helps people, how VIckie got her position, and go over some issues Japan still has to deal with in terms of mental health. Enjoooy.

Topics Discussed:

  • 2:30 – What Vickie does at TELL
  • 3:40 – How Vickie started working in Japan
  • 8:00 – What TELL Japan does
  • 14:45 – Suicide in Japan and what might be the cause
  • 21:30 – Balance of the country offering support for foreigners and the responsibility of the foreigners themselves
  • 24:00 – How do you know when you might need help?
  • 29:00 Bullying in Japan
  • 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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