Inside Japan Podcast

The Inside Japan Podcast: Alex from the Tokyo Association of International Preschools

This week, former ALT/Eikaiwa teacher turned Preschool Administrative Officer/President of the Tokyo Association of International Preschools Alex drops in to walk us through his path from anthropology to teaching to administrating whole working towards a long term goal the whole way. Enjoy!


  • 1:50 – Intro
  • 2:36 – How Alex started his career in Japan
  • 8:53 – How Alex found his current job in Preschool Administration
  • 14:45 – How Alex furthered his career
  • 16:20 – What is the Tokyo Association of International Preschools?
  • 20:10 – What benefit to teachers get for joining?
  • 24:00 – What’s the difference of being an ALT/Eikaiwa Teacher and being a Preschool Teacher
  • 29:40 – What change would you make to preschool education in Japan?
  • 32:00 – Final Thoughts

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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