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Posted 1/12/15 , edited 1/12/15
Hello,

like the title indicates this post is about work visas going to Japan.

Questions!

Have you had a work visa before? / Do you currently have one? / Would you like to get one in the future?

Did you have any trouble getting it?

How was your experience while there? / How is it so far? / What do you hope to do while there?

Why did you get one? / Why do you have one?

Did you enjoy your time there? / Are you enjoying your time there?

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Posted 1/12/15
I'll start!

I'd like to get a work visa from Canada to Japan.

I'd like to get one so that I can not only experience the culture first hand, but also to teach English. I'd also like to learn Japanese from the source.

From what I've heard from other people with work visas it can be difficult at times, but it can also be a lot of fun and the experience of another culture can be very rewarding.
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While I do not have one I know of people who have/had one.

The biggest problem you are going to run into specifically with yours is the position itself.

With the declining birth rate over there they are closing more schools than opening. Thus jobs are being consolidated from say two schools to one, and they will choose the teachers with experience over a foreign greenhorn on the job.

There are other complications, like I believe you needing a degree in teaching from a Japanese school system as well? I can't quite remember on that part.

From the people I know who have or had one, it can be rewarding but there are quite a few problems and complications with it all as well, so usually the only truly devoted stick with it as a lifetime choice.
Posted 1/12/15
No.
I intend to get one when I learned the language.
Might look for teaching jobs or interpreter jobs depending on how good I am at the language.

If I like it, i'll give up my citizenship (Australian) and apply for one there.

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No.
I intend to get one when I learned the language.
Might look for teaching jobs or interpreter jobs depending on how good I am at the language.

If I like it, i'll give up my citizenship (Australian) and apply for one there.



You have a .gif for every occasion don't you? Haha

I don't think I'd give up my citizenship in Canada. But I'm saying that now, you never know in a few years down the road.
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Nope, but thinking of looking more into one of the programs or something similar to it.

Mostly just want to get out of the US for a nice long while.

Biggest problem? I have no definable skills. :P
Been spending most of my life as a jack of all trades, master of none.
Considering what's being said about japann, have you considered another country?
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Very true, even so I'd like to try.

I'll have to look into the degree you mentioned. I'll try to contact a few friends of mine who are currently teaching. Thanks for bringing it up.

Everything that's rewarding is problematic to some extent, so I don't expect everything to go smoothly - although it would be nice if it did.
Posted 1/12/15 , edited 1/12/15
Canada has the working holiday visa agreement with Japan, but you must be at least 18.
I believe the visa for language instruction needs your employer to sponsor your visa and you need a Bachelors degree (in anything) from an accredited institution.

I've considered it, but haven't actually gone through with it. I am reasonably happy with my current job, plus moving is a pain.
In either case it depends if want to teach in traditional schools or the private language schools. You could also try programs like JET.

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Being a jack of all trades it pretty great in my opinion. Sure you're not the best of the best, but that doesn't mean you don't understand how to do a LOT of different things well.

Personally, I only have a few things I do well, so I envy you. Haha
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Being a jack of all trades it pretty great in my opinion. Sure you're not the best of the best, but that doesn't mean you don't understand how to do a LOT of different things well.

Personally, I only have a few things I do well, so I envy you. Haha


I'm facing a lot of limitations and demand from various angles wishing I knew or could do more, while being rather scattered in my thoughts and unable to focus. There are some downsides.
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Yes, I've worked in Japan before including as recently as last year. I go back there to work whenever I'm needed there, at the drop of a hat. Japan is my favorite place in the world, especially Tokyo and Nagoya mostly because that's where I've worked and spent the most time even though there are more beautiful places in Japan.

Trouble working there? No, because I work for a company here that has offices in Japan. This makes it a simple matter to work over there, the HR departments arrange it all for you.

My experience? Wonderful! Loved it, every day working was great and I spent every evening and weekend doing fun things everywhere I could go. I enjoyed every single second while there. Watching sumo, drinking green tea, visiting gardens and museums, restaurants, bars, just hiking and exploring, castles, maiko, miko, Pokemon centers, the sea of Japan, tea farms, swords, martial arts, shrines, temples, street food stalls, festivals, Fujisan, trains, the Shinkansen, hanabi... everything is just wonderful there.

Why? To work and live in Japan of course, why else???

I absolutely enjoyed and enjoy my time when I'm working there, every time. They work hard, long hours but I enjoy the whole experience. Using Japanese all day hurts your brain at first, it is much different than just watching or listening to 30-60 minutes of Japanese at a time. Using it all day every day takes getting used to. I have a much better appreciation now for people who come to Canada from another country and use English all day when it is not their mother tongue.

So... if your real age is 16... my advice is finish high school, go to university, study Japanese all the while AND study something useful like computer science/engineering, economics/banking, something that has a real career associated with it. Finish university, get a real job in a multinational company with offices in Japan. Offer to do work in the Japanese language here first, translating, taking calls with and working with customers from Japan, training them, localizing software or manuals. Prove your worth in this and you'll get to work in Japan. Worked for me anyway...

Won't happen overnight but if it's your dream... then it's worth it! I am satisfied now, really I don't need to do anything else. Going back again is the only thing that can top it.

That was my experience. Best place in the world, go back every chance I get. Was supposed to stay for longer the second time I was to go there but the earthquake scuttled those plans, very sad for all affected. But I've been back since, thankfully. Enjoyed every second of every single day and night I spent there, did everything I wanted to do and more but could still explore just Tokyo for the rest of my life without seeing it all, let alone all of Japan. Can't stop talking about it, I'm sure my friends are sick of me mentioning it but I will remember and treasure it until my last day. So do go, most certainly!

It is a very different experience to work there as a regular person, take the train every day, go to work every day. Very, very different from being a tourist. Great experience. Go for a week or months or years, whatever you can manage.
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Thanks a lot for the long reply and the advice!

It's good to hear people share their experiences, sometimes when people hear about past experiences they think to themselves "I want to experience that.". That's what happened in my case.


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Thanks a lot for the long reply and the advice!

It's good to hear people share their experiences, sometimes when people hear about past experiences they think to themselves "I want to experience that.". That's what happened in my case.

See? You're already sick of hearing me talk about it LOL. But after you come back I think you will talk about it the same way if you have as great a time as I had in Japan. Good luck with your dream of working there.
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I'm sorry if it came across that way! lol. I just use the spoiler thing while replying so I don't take up too much space on the thread. Thanks for the good wishes.
Posted 3/1/15
I've not had the pleasure to go there myself but i've done a heavy amount of research on it, in the hopes of maybe someday living there depending.

First off you need i believe a Bachelors degree or higher in teaching.

Learning basic Japanese is a must if you want to go there otherwise you're going to be completely at a loss. Recommend a pcc course and then maybe try to pick up on some the slang, non textbook lingo.

Learning the customs and what part of the country you want to live in and work in.

Depending on how long you plan on living there you will have to downsize a lot of stuff (car,boat, ect type stuff) or have it stored.

Applying for the actual visa itself can be a pain or so I've been told.

Keep in mind you have to have a phone that works in that region, have some savings for the basics you will need over there.

I would highly suggest visiting there first to see how you like it, even if you think you do like it w/out visiting it you never know till you truly get there. I know one of the biggest mistakes people make is rushing off to go to their place of choice only to learn its nothing like what they've heard or read about and end up having a bad time as a whole. Ultimately i would suggest to do a lot of reading up on the culture and whatnot before you try to go there.
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