Posts Tagged ‘working in japan’

Nova and Teaching English in Japan

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

NOVA Corp is the Japan’s largest English conversation school chain. And for those who teach English in Japan and are employed by Nova I say… DOH! I read the news back in April of 2007 when Nova got busted for breaking the law (they refused to refund tuition fees to students who canceled their contracts.) And recently people have not been getting paid for their work. Today things have gotten worse and Nova has filed for protection from the courts. More and more people are starting to teach English online using Skype which is a good thing when major corporate disruptions like this happen.

I wonder what this means for current employees and their work visas. Not only that but if an employees income stops or is slowed it could mean trouble for their living expenses. Damn.

Check out the news from Yahoo

Nova Corp , the largest operator of English language schools in Japan, said on Friday that it has filed for court protection from creditors amid efforts to turn around its business.

Following the company’s announcement, the Jasdaq Securities Exchange said it would delist Nova’s shares on Nov. 27.

Nova, which operates over 900 schools in Japan, posted net losses for the past two business years and said it held a total 43.9 billion yen in debt as of July.

More on this:
Aussie teachers lose jobs in Japanese school shutdown
Google News
Nova applies for court protection from creditors; president missing, 4 execs resign
Scandal-tainted school Nova granted court protection from creditors

Q&A: Short term work in Japan?

Thursday, August 1st, 2013


Renee writes in – Hi there – love your site. It is very inspirational as an American looking to live in Japan for a month or two..I am curious if you know of any jobs that an ex-pat could work for a few months in Japan…Nothing too committed..I don’t plan on staying in Japan for more than a month, month and a half tops. Is there any feasible work in Japan for a non Japanese speaker? Something just to make some yen while couch surfing til we move out to Austria. I appreciate your help!


Hi Renee. I think it would be difficult to find reliable short term work (for one month), even as a teacher. You’d need to have the proper visa and many places are looking to hire for long term. You might contact a local foreigners center or visitor center when you’re in Japan. Sometimes people post ads about teaching private lessons, or ads wanting private lessons. And there are 1-day jobs where people do things such as hand out tissues, but I’m not sure how you apply for a job like that.

If you enjoy reading questions and answers about living in Japan, check out the Q&A section of my blog.

What’s new in Japan [Breaking News!]

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Some cool and interesting thing have been happening in Japan! Check this stuff out.

  • Japan Launching Ambitious Asteroid-Sampling Mission in 2014 []
  • Kyoto resident becomes world’s oldest-ever man at age 115. [Japan Times]
  • Working in Japan Without a Degree – It Is Possible! [Huffington Post]
  • House Hunting in … Japan [NY Times]

Business Lesson 7 of 7: How to Get Started Today

Friday, April 27th, 2012

This is the final lesson, part 7 of a 7 part series about how to start your own bar, restaurant, or nightclub business in Japan.

Lesson7 of 7: Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub – How to Get Started Today!

Opening a business in Japan can be hard work, but if you follow the laws of the land and do your homework, it can be a very rewarding and fruitful experience.


Business Lesson 6 of 7: Five Secrets to Growth

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

This is a part 6 of a 7 part series about how to start your own bar, restaurant, or nightclub business in Japan.

Lesson 6 of 7: Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub – Five Secrets to Growing your Japanese business

During Lesson 6, I’ll cover the following topics:

  • Do Your Homework
  • Pay Attention to the Details
  • Be Realistic in Projections
  • Hire Carefully
  • Care About Your Product