Americans Working in Japan

How do you get a job in Japan besides teaching English? What are wages and working conditions like for Americans and other foreigners living and working in Japan? These are a few questions I’m often asked. Currently here are some posts that might help you out.



There are other routes. If you want to learn more about government jobs in Japan, here’s a great resource: And here are some TEFL books that might come in handy.

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8 thoughts on “Americans Working in Japan

  1. Thank you so much for writing up about my site ill be sure to return the favor.
    I will write up a more in depth process of everything soon.

  2. Regarding working in Japan – unless you are single and have no responsibilities (or are married to a Japanese national) working in Japan is a dead end. You can pay the bills (perhaps) but Japanese companies are notoriously cheap when it comes to paying their own employees. This has historically been compensated by the “security” of long term employment but if you are a “gaijin” you have no such security and as many Japanese themselves are finding out, neither do they anymore.

    The only way to live well in Japan is as an expat. Anything less, and you would be better off living in Montana or Wyoming.

  3. I always find it interesting when people write a post like that without reading anyone else’s recommendations. It just goes to show you how little people are willing to learn.
    I stated previously that their is a large amount of jobs in japan out their that people don’t look into.

    the things you have stated come from someone who obviously has no connections to the current Japanese economy and i could be wrong but if you did live and work here you did not work anywhere near the Tokyo area. Most jobs in Japanese company’s excluding teaching pay very well as well as give out amazing health care and pension plans. that is much better then Wyoming and FYI i am from Wyoming state side.

    now of course Wyoming is cheaper to live in and japan is more expensive but you have to actually look for a job that will subsidize your way of living, Which is what you really would do in any country.

    I am in no way an expert in japan but ive been living here awhile and i as well as most foreigners i know once again excluding English teachers make a well off amount of money living around the Tokyo Saitama region.

    In the end the article was written to help people understand the job opportunity’s in japan to go out and say that your better off not living in Japan is a extremely skeptical and self proclasive view that you really shouldn’t be entitled to shove down other readers throats. my main question to you would be if you dislike Japan so much why would you be posting on a website about life in Japan?

    FYI I know you will disagree with me and that is your choice and right as a human. Everyone has opinions and are entitled to speak them but i will disagree with the narrow minded view of Japan. and Japan is not all peachy but the things you are complaining about seem to be miss guided.

    Only people not motivated to find a job will not find one.

  4. FYI – I have been living and working in Japan off and on since before you were born most likely (1978). I also received a Doctorate in Engineering from one of Japan’s top Universities. I know what I am talking about. However, owing to the rapidly increasing ratio of older/younger Japanese, the younger generation is at a much better advantage than their parents were. None-the-less, living in an Usagi Goya is not living in my opinion. And FYI – I was born in Cheyenne and would much rather live where I can see the stars at night than a rabbit hutch. I love Japan and the people there, but Tokyo isn’t my cup of tea. Give me Kanazawa any day.

  5. After reading all the posts here, I must say that many of you are not looking at the big picture here. You see, many international companies are moving into the Japan market for the ability to be much closer to China. The large banking, finance, marketing, advertising, IT companies and educational organization are opening up offices in and around Tokyo to be able to cash in on the Chinese economic growth albeit not have an office in China. I just sent an IT specialist to work with an American bank. So, what you all know of the pre-economic crisis does not pertain to the current post-economic crisis. Trends by dear job hunters. Trends.

  6. I was reading your entry about “moving to japan”. perhaps you should say something about the gaijin houses that are all over. They are more western style of living with communal western style kitchens and bathrooms. Imagine a dorm set up to look like a bed n’ breakfast. Some even pay the utilities. They are a nice way to get acclimated to the surrounding and give you time to learn about “key money” hahaha.

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