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Teaching English in Japan.
Good reasons to teach English in Japan:
1. Nobody bothers you when you walk down the street in Japan.
2. The dating scene is a dream for a man if he is a pretty boy, speaks a little Japanese and knows the culture.
3. You get much more vacation time than in the U.S. at least. Even the 2 weeks that NOVA offers is more than most U.S. companies.
4. It teaches people the upside of Japanese culture such as manners and being good to old people.
5. You can feel special or different rather than just another face in the crowd.
6. If you avoid the bars (which most English speaking gaijin don't do), you can save plenty of money.
7. You meet other foreigners, including non-English speaking people and get their perspectives on everything from war to women.


A new culture, a new environment, money, personal development, professional development, adventure -- these are just some of the reasons why foreigners come to Japan to teach English. Japan is home to over 120 million inhabitants, and the popularity and necessity of studying English is met by a multi-billion dollar English-language-teaching industry. A continuous flux of foreigners entering and leaving the country means that there are always opportunities for those looking for teaching jobs in Japan. There are four main types of teaching jobs:

The Business English teacher in Japan
Some companies require their employees to study English for their jobs, others may also offer free or subsidized English lessons as a benefit for their employees. The highest demand for business English instructors is in Tokyo, since this is where most of the companies are located.
Company English lessons are usually provided in two ways. The larger companies have their own in-house English teachers where you can find work on your own if you approch them directly. These positions are rarely advertised and are usually filled by personal recommendation. Most companies use outside ESL agencies which procure for company contracts. A lot of these TEFL agencies are located in Tokyo and the competition for contracts is high. These English agencies are the ones that advertise for English teachers (usually as ‘language consultants’), as opposed to the companies themselves. Each ESL agency will have a few full time English teachers or ESL co-ordinators, though English teachers are usually hired on a course-by-course basis. An example course could be one 90-minute lesson a week for 10 weeks, or two lessons a week for 6 months. These courses are usually paid by the hour. Many conversation school teachers supplement their regular hours with some evening hours teaching business classes. Unlike conversational schools, agencies do expect some their teachers to have teaching experience or qualifications. These English, TEFL agencies rarely advertise abroad as there is already a large pool of teachers in Japan who want to work more hours.

The University English Teacher
English is a part of the high school curriculum in Japan. Although all high school students study English, the emphasis is on reading and writing. It is often the case that most Japanese teachers of English can't speak English at all. The Japanese government-sponsored ESL program hires over 2,000 native English speakers every year to teach in Japanese high schools.
Participants can only stay on the ESL program for a maximum of three years, but they are free to look for other jobs should they decide to continue teaching in Japan.

Where to go for English teaching work in Japan?
The saying goes "All roads lead to Rome", and this could easily apply to Tokyo, Japan's capital city. Of the 120 million Japanese, 30 million live in and around the Tokyo area. The capital is the political, corporate, geographical, transportation and academic center of Japan. If you don't want to work in a big city, then applying for a position with one of the ESl chain schools would be a good idea. They have ESL branch schools all over Japan and preferences can be made at the interview. The smaller cities and towns offer a more Japanese lifestyle though salaries can be lower. The ESl Program offers the opportunity to work outside the metropolitan areas with the added advantage that the salary is the same regardless of the teacher's location in Japan

Getting a visa
According to Japanese immigration law, any foreign national who wants to work in Japan must have a "status of residence" that allows them to do so. A quick read through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site (see link below) reveals that, while the term commonly used for this is "work visa", that isn't actually the correct official term. But as the site then goes to use the word "visa" and for ease of understanding, we use the term in this guide.
The visa for the vast majority of English teachers is the working visa. It used to be issued for only one year at a time, but recently three-year visas have been issued. There seems to be a lot of inconsistency about this. To get the visa you'll need to:
* have a bachelor's degree in any discipline (though the official line is that it should be related to their job).
* have a Japanese company or resident willing to sponsor you. In most cases, it will be the company that is offering the teaching position.
* make the visa application at a Japanese consulate outside Japan.
Applicants from several countries, including the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, can go for the working holiday visa. This visa is easier to obtain but applicants must show proof of US$2000 or the equivalent for living expenses for their initial stay in Japan. There are 2 basic options for the TEFL job hunter: have everything arranged at the home country before arrival to Japan, or take a big leap and fly to Japan and go job hunting on a tourist visa. English teachers can find work at the link on this page.

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