Topic: I want to move from the U.S. to Tokyo, get a job and live there, how do i do it step by step easily?
April 22, 2019 / By Temperance Question:
Long story short, it's pretty much as the title states, I want to move from the U.S. to Tokyo, get a job there and live there but I have no idea where to start and I know a little bit of Japanese to get me through a day without detailed conversation but im learning more cause i figure im gonna need it, but ya, anyone know a real easy step by step way to accomplish my goal?
Ronda | 5 days ago
You actually can find a job without speaking Japanese. Anyone who says otherwise doesn't know what they're talking about.
You're American, right? Americans are valued for their English. In many English schools, speaking too much Japanese will get you fired.
I encourage you to learn Japanese, but that's actually not the most important requirement for working in Japan. I speak Japanese but cannot get a working visa for Japan.
These are the steps you need to take:
Step 1: Qualify to work in Japan (the hardest part). For most people teaching English, this will require:
1. Either a bachelor's degree (probably 99% of applicants) or three years of experience teaching (very rare, most countries will not hire someone to teach ANY age group without at least two years of college/an associate's degree, so almost everyone gets a BA/BS before getting three years experience)
2. A passport from an English-speaking country like America, although I've heard rumors that people from other countries like the Philippines can teach if they prove their English ability on TOEIC/TOEFL
Step 2: Find a job.
This is very difficult right now because of the bad economy and many, many Americans are flocking to Japan to teach English. The competition wasn't that bad maybe 20 years ago, but wages have not risen at all, and often dozens of people will apply for one English teaching job, especially at the good schools.
Step 3: Get your visa processing. As long as you have the requirements in Step 1 and a month or two of time, this should be easy. You may be able to do it in Japan, or you might have to make a visa run to Korea and come back.
Step 4: Do your job.
If you don't qualify for a working visa (a bachelor's degree or three years of teaching experience), it's probably going to be next to impossible to move to Japan unless your parents are rich. Here are some alternate options, but they are not easy, but all are legal:
1. You could marry a Japanese citizen -- however, you'd have to find a Japanese citizen in the first place and convince said person to marry you. Not easy, but if you do it, it vastly improves your legal rights to work in Japan.
2. You could get a Working Holiday visa (not available to Americans, only New Zealanders, Irish, etc).
3. You could go as a student and get a work permit to do 20 hours of work after one semester of study. If you tutored the maximum 20 hours a week, you might BARELY be able to scrape by, but this would be a miserable existence because you would always be on the subway with 5,000 other people waiting to get to the next tutoring job, and all the money you earned from your 60-hour weeks, you would spend on basic living expenses and ramen.
4. You could live there temporarily and do volunteer work. For example, British nationals can live in Japan for one year as volunteers as long as they don't receive too much money (only basic living expenses). Or you can volunteer on an organic farm for three months through WWOOF, which would provide a roof over your head and food, but no money. Since you can spend a maximum of six months in Japan at a time with a tourist visa (three each entry, two entries per year), you could live there for six months that way if you did a visa run in the middle (probably to Korea).
5. You could go on a cultural visa and get a work permit, much like the student visa. However, this is a very special case in which an organization has already agreed to sponsor you to learn a cultural activity like karate or Japanese tea ceremony. Very, very few people are able to get cultural visas, I've heard.
Unfortunately, except for marrying a Japanese person, all of these latter options are terrible because you'd never be able to work enough to live a decent life. You might have to live in a dormitory with several people, eat only ramen, and you'd never have enough money to buy manga/video games, and it would be miserable, trust me. I worked as a student in Korea. Couldn't ever make ends meet.
I suggest you finish college and then go. If you don't want to wait to move to Asia, find a poorer Asian country like China, Indonesia, etc. and work there while finishing your degree online.
It is extremely difficult for anyone with less than a bachelor's degree to work in Japan in a stable fashion. Possible, but trust me, it'll make you hate Japan if you try it.
If I were you, I'd find a job in a country that's CLOSE to Japan that doesn't require a degree (like China or Sakhalin in Russia which is near Hokkaido) and earn money, work on the degree online, and that way, you could take a cheap boat to Japan for vacation.
I did this in Korea -- I worked as a student and made trips on an approximately $100 boat to Tsushima. It allowed me to live in Asia, make some money, and visit Japan, and work on my degree all at the same time. Now that I have my associate's degree (which I earned while living in Korea), I am eligible to teach in Taiwan with my English teaching certificate. I will earn my bachelor's of science in Taiwan and move to Japan. It seems like the best compromise for people who aren't qualified to teach in Japan, but don't want to wait.
I'll make one final analogy. Let's say you really love Disney World. Can you live inside Disney World? It's darn difficult. Can you live right next to Disney World, earn a paycheck, and visit Disney World frequently? That's MUCH easier.
My *strong* advice is that you take a trip overseas for a few months first. You are going to be suprised at the number of things you absolutely love, and the number of things that you absolutely hate about other countries. It's better to start to realize these things before you up and 'cash-out' on the US and find yourself stuck somewhere else. I've lived in about five different countries and I love and hate all of them, sometimes in the same week. The grass is not always greener (though it may look that way) and living as an 'expat' is somewhat difficult. Take a look at any expat messageboard on the net--despite people really wanting to live somewhere else, they always end up having some sort of problem while overseas (or missing something, or wishing they were somewhere else). So, if you are serious, my advice is a) find out which countries you can go to and b) make a plan to have an extended visit to some of them. You can't just up and move to most countries "for a few years" without the requisite visas and entry permits to enter and stay. You can, as an American, generally visit most countries for between 90 and 180 days, but a longer stay is going to require a sponsor (generally) be it an educational institution or an employer (tough) To rent an apartment, get a bank account, get a cell phone whereever you are going, you are going to need proof of residence. An ID or some other visa to make things easier. Tokyo, Europe, Australia--you might find these pretty expensive. $35k won't last all that long when you rent can be $2000 a month for a studio. So plan out a trip to a couple different places. If you haven't travelled overseas before, I'd recommend starting with the UK (it's a good way to 'ease' into foreign travel as the language difficulty isn't there). From the UK you could hit Ireland, Austria and few other places in the EU (think a 3 month vacation to see them all and get a better idea). If the hustle and bustle of the US is driving you nuts, scratch Tokyo and Hong Kong (though I think HK is a blast). Still, if you are up for an Asian trip, visit Tokyo, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and some of the other SE Asian places like Thailand, etc. If you travel light (think backpacker) your money can easily go 3 months.
Well I can't give you a step by step (I think everybody did good job on that, Gavin seems the smartest) but a couple of years ago my aunt from the Philippines was hired by Hospital in Japan to work there as nurse. But it wasn't only because she had a nursing degree, she also took FIVE courses in Japanese. That's around two and half years of studying...
I do not wish to discourage you to move to Japan but you should at least know more then a 'little bit of Japanese' before you do.
Other then that, good luck and good living =]
You can always come to Japan on a tourist visa and then muddle your way on from there. There are many more opportunities for work when you are here than when you are stuck in the US, and some of them may provide you with a visa. That's what I did and I am still here 34 years later.
Everybody says how difficult it is, but at least it is possible to get spouse visas, teaching visas and the like now - they did not exist when I came here. I was even thrown out of the country (temporary setback) after I was married!
Okay, so it is not a step by step guide, but it works. (sometimes)
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