Inside Japan Podcast

The Inside Japan Podcast – University Teacher Ben – Saving for Retirement in Japan

This week University Teacher Ben from Retire Japan drops in to share his wealth of knowledge about the very important, but rarely talked about topic of preparing for retirement while in Japan. Enjoooy.

(Apologies for my mic dropping out for about 45 seconds at the 19:00 minute mark. Consider it an Easter Egg.)

Topics Discussed:

  • 3:08 – Intro – Ben’s beginnings in Japan on JET
  • 5:29 – Ben’s path through Japan (getting dropped by the BOE and finding a University Job)
  • 12:00 – Transitioning from Eikaiwa Manager to HR Manager with a different company
  • 16:45 – Basics of Retirement/Investing while in Japan
  • 23:00 – Should People that don’t want to live in Japan forever still invest in Japan?
  • 25:45 – What’s a robo-advisor?
  • 29:00 – 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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