So I Might Be Returning To Japan...

I recently returned from Japan after nearly a year at Hiroshima University. 
 
I may be returning due to a job offer I received from a company in Yamaguchi. It is a pretty sweet job, actually. I would get paid around $2,500 a month, with my rent being around $420 a month. The apartment would come with furniture (not common in Japan), and the company would pay the deposit and key money (likely around $5,000). I would work 100 hours a month (meaning around 25-30 hours a week) and would get a reasonable amount of vacation. The "catch" is that I have to sign a 1 year contract.
 
It seems like a good job opportunity to get me back over there. I normally wouldn't get my hopes up so high, but this employer contacted me. I feel my chances are at least reasonably good.

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Posted by Ariketh

I recently returned from Japan after nearly a year at Hiroshima University. 
 
I may be returning due to a job offer I received from a company in Yamaguchi. It is a pretty sweet job, actually. I would get paid around $2,500 a month, with my rent being around $420 a month. The apartment would come with furniture (not common in Japan), and the company would pay the deposit and key money (likely around $5,000). I would work 100 hours a month (meaning around 25-30 hours a week) and would get a reasonable amount of vacation. The "catch" is that I have to sign a 1 year contract.
 
It seems like a good job opportunity to get me back over there. I normally wouldn't get my hopes up so high, but this employer contacted me. I feel my chances are at least reasonably good.

Posted by ISmoochyI

I used to live in Tokyo..haven't been back tho in like 8 yrs...I gotta get back ASAP

Posted by Ace829

You lucky bastard. Good luck with it though.

Posted by Ariketh
@ISmoochyI: The way that America has been going lately, I am starting to feel uncomfortable here...
Posted by JustinNotJason

If you can juggle the work and school, and you're reasonably comfortable living in Japan (like you can speak japanese well enough) then i say go for it. That's like 24k (after rent) of money for the year. 
 
Also consider the univeristy's reputation for your major is. Overall sounds like a good idea.

Posted by TheMustacheHero

Question: Aside from being good to know in the Japan, is it like absolutely mandatory to know Japanese when visiting/ living in Japan? Do a lot of the citizens know English as well? 
 
Always been curious....

Posted by Qorious

I'd do it. And what's there to lose? You're gonna get 50+ Mbps Internet speed!

Posted by demontium
@Ariketh: I am going this summer! 
 
Touhou!
Posted by Ariketh
@TheMustacheHero said:

" Question: Aside from being good to know in the Japan, is it like absolutely mandatory to know Japanese when visiting/ living in Japan? Do a lot of the citizens know English as well?   Always been curious.... "

Personally, I never found it vital, but it does make daily life dramatically easier.
 
Being able to read and speak Hiragana is most important, followed by being able to write Katakana (at least for your name) and Hiragana. You don't have to be as hardcore about it as some people want you to think, but knowing some of the basics is important. A lot of it you can pick up if you are willing to try, especially the Kanji. Reading is far more valuable than writing it. You can watch some videos here and get a basic understanding of it: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=EB8BCDDA4F0A6D51

As far as business advice goes, be humble, read every business card someone gives you (or pretend to), and try not to be too troublesome.
Posted by MysteriousBob

OMG japan is soooo cooool 
 
 
Ugh.

Posted by keyhunter

420 dollars a month for an apartment? Seriously? That's batshit crazy. I could literally hop and a plane and live in this "Yamaguchi" place for 4 years without any income with the money I've saved up over the past 8 months. Not that they'd let me. But still, you can't get a place here for less than 600, and that's a totally shit place, and if you don't do a year lease, you're looking at 900-1400 for a ROOM. Ugh.
 
Living outside of Canada and coming back to work 2 months of the year seems like the best way to go.

Posted by Basilisk
@Ariketh said:
" @ISmoochyI: The way that America has been going lately, I am starting to feel uncomfortable here... "
Is there any particular issue that you're referring to?
 
Congrats on the potential job.  What does Yamaguchi do?  I hope that the situation works how you'd like.
Posted by Ariketh
@Basilisk said:
" @Ariketh said:
" @ISmoochyI: The way that America has been going lately, I am starting to feel uncomfortable here... "
Is there any particular issue that you're referring to?  Congrats on the potential job.  What does Yamaguchi do?  I hope that the situation works how you'd like. "
The economic situation, the way that Americans act, the way that teachers are treated, and that sort of thing. It is probably just reverse culture shock. For example, if my mom tells anyone about me going to Japan, the other person will comment about their child and how amazing they are. It is just...weird. It makes me uncomfortable.
 
Yamaguchi is famous for the Kintai Bridge. Also, I can take a ferry from there to South Korea and China.