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Anonymous asked in TravelAsia PacificJapan · 1 decade ago

How can I live and work in Japan without teaching English?

I am a Canadian citizen and dream of living in Japan but I DO NOT WANT TO BE AN ENGLISH TEACHER like everyone else does. Please help me. How do I get a VISA without an arranged marriage?

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    You got the wrong idea that everyone ends up teaching English I guess, but I don't say it is not very helpful,, not all ends up teaching English anyways but it might be your first steps until you find the job that you really wants..

    As many companies are using the advance technologies, most of the computers are in Kanji and you might get first Japanese language background like reading or writing.. while teaching and then move on to next steps on job hunting..

    If you know any Japanese companies in your area, you might try to inquire how to get jobs there or inquire the Japanese Embassy how to get visa for applying a job.

    Most are doing two jobs so they could have extra income instead of being stuck in teaching. IMany who have talent goes into entertainment world..

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    First off a working holiday visa limits your working hours to ONLY 12 hours per week. You cannot change your work holiday visa to a working visa without a university degree and your employer cannot do it for you either. I mean it is impossible to get a change in your visa status without a university degree. You might find a position with a smaller eikaiwa where they are willing to let you to work more than your visa allows but this would really be putting their butt on the line for you. It's best to know someone that is willing to take this chance. The only way to get a work visa without a degree is to marry a Japanese national. Even if you do this you'll always be a second choice to a candidate with a university degree.Your teaching experience and TEFL certifications might help you some but it might hurt you too. People with experience and certifications usually want more money and that is something Japanese companies are not often willing to do considering the amount of fresh blood they can bring in every year which will take whatever offer is on the table. Your best chance to get a job teaching English in Japan is to wait until you are in country. Many schools won't even look at you if you cannot come in for an interview. Go ot one of the big cities like Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya and start applying at every school you come across. Apply at the big ones and the small ones too. In the case of bigger schools, make yourself open to living wherever the school needs a teacher. This might put you in some backwater small town but you'll have a job at least. Do NOT apply online. The degree situation will kill you before they look any farther. Your best chance is to apply in person. Wearing a suit and having a clean shave should go without saying. Many schools don't require you to wear a suit in the classroom but a good impression up front just might put you over the top. Look, I'm sorry if I came across strongly up front but I've been in the industry ever since I moved to Japan nearly a decade ago. Owning an Eikaiwa for the last five years has taught me much more about the industry than my time as a teacher ever did. I have had employees come over to work for my school in the exact same situation you have described and I was really in a tight spot because of this. I had to let them go because they couldn't work the hours I needed them to work. I hated having to do that but I have to take care of my business first and I can always find another teacher. If that sounds cold, it is because business has to come first. I wish you good luck in finding a job here and I hope you get to enjoy Japan.

  • 1 decade ago

    Lots of good answers above.

    Teaching English is a hard way to make a living in Japan. If you don't want to do that, you most definitely need to be fluent in Japanese--both reading and writing. There is a demand for bilingual IT workers. My Japanese is good enough to get around Japan, but not good enough for the IT industry.

    The Financial sector is always looking for folks as well.

    Bottom line: Read and write Japanese, marketable skill, and then seek out all the headhunters (recruiters) you can find.

  • 1 decade ago

    Provided that you are female, you could work as a hostess in a hostess bar. A hostess is a woman who works at a bar and acts as an adoring date to the clientele; smiles cheerfully, lights his cigarettes, laughs at his jokes, acts interested in him; nothing "naughty" necessarily. Check out this website below. The author has written about the hostess job and how it can lead to building a network which is important if you are looking into "non-traditional jobs" for the westerner in Japan (i.e. not teaching ESL). Such connections can be important in terms of who you know when (e.g.) you need your visa renewed.

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  • 1 decade ago

    By learning Japanese, and learning a useful skill. Even then, it will be hard. The Japanese gov't issues about 10,000 work visas each year, and the majority are given to Chinese/Korean employees of Japanese companies, or work for the Japanese branch of a foreign company.

    But I agree, there is nothing more pathetic than a foreign english teacher.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    I guess there are some job hunting website in English, aren't there?

    Check them out.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Some of my friends went their on restaurant working visas. you also get visas for working in pubs, bars, and discos.

    Source(s): eblue
  • 1 decade ago

    Hahaha.. maybe u can do something else then? In the IT department... its big there...

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