Inside Japan Podcast

The Inside Japan Podcast – Sam from Military Auto Source

This week I welcome in Sam, who is a proud Marine turned ALT turned Construction Worker turned Musician turned Car Salesman turned Body Builder with a very interested path through Japan. Enjooooy.

  • 2:44 – Intro/How Sam starting his career in Japan
  • 4:20 – What Sam thought when he got sent to Japan in the Marines/ Life in Okinawa
  • 7:30 – How Sam got into construction in Japan
  • 10:00 – “It’s your world. You make your world. If there is something you want to do, you do it.”
  • 10:33 – How Sam began a touring musician in Japan
  • 12:50 – What Sam thought about being an ALT
  • 19:00 – A Typical day for Sam at Military Auto Source
  • 24:00 – How Sam got into Bodybuilding Competitions
  • 26:30 – Sam talks about when he did stand-up in Tokyo
  • 28:20 – 3 Things to take from Sam’s experience
  • 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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