About Jobs in Japan with Japanese
Before getting into it, let’s first understand that Japan is a
disciplined, clean and established country and there are very detailed
short-picks if you visit there that narrate us about its advancement
in every aspect possible. Now this is the result of all the logic
based regulations in Japan since history and ironically it becomes a
hurdle or we can say it as a mental barrier for the people who come
from a different culture to find a job in Japan which is actually
primarily based on the level of discipline imbibed in him/her. As
example we can say higher the Japanese language level you have, more
are your chances to get a Job in Japan. Higher the level of Japanese
cultural understanding you have, your chances to get a Job in Japan
are even more. Now the first method and the easiest way which more
than 90% people follow is to first go on study visa and then
eventually getting job and working visa because almost all schools in
Japan offer the courses that push Japanese language ability very fast,
every student on an average becomes able to get Permanent Job Quickly
after finishing one year or one and a half year study in Japan. There
is usually a need of JLPT Level N2
for a Job in Japan as mentioned on
the requirements of the companies hiring foreigners but there are many
examples that students get Job without even clearing N2 by their well
spoken Japanese language skills. The other things necessary to get a
permanent job in Japan are, for example the perfect style of writing
your resume in Japanese language that gives your professional image
while applying because most of the companies take this very seriously.
Another example is how you give your interview and present yourself
full with confidence, Japanese language knowledge, Japanese work
culture knowledge, business mannerisms and proper knowledge of the
company in which you are applying. There is a separate column in the
Japanese resume format in which you have to mention why you want to
join this company and not another. Also, they ask the same question in
different manner while interviewing you. The best part of the schools
in Japan is that they guide you and train you in all the things
necessary to get a permanent Job in Japan in ending months of your
Japanese language course.
About Jobs in Japan without Japanese
Now first of all let me clear you that what does without Japanese
means. This may be a shocking truth to many of us that Japan is a
country where long term living and working dream cannot be fulfilled
without learning Japanese language. Those who have acquired Jobs in
Japan may be in the field of engineering or medical science, have to
start learning Japanese sooner or later. Those who are currently
living in Japan and learning Japanese from nihongomax.com can
understand what I am trying to convey. Now as I just mentioned that it
is not impossible to get Job but yes provided you have expertise and a
documented experience of your pertinent field, yet it will be far
remote chance to get it just like any other European country or in
United States for example. So the main point here is if your current
skills and experience match the Japanese company requirements and
there you have connections in Japan also, so far so good. But if you
really want it to happen, you must learn Japanese language, if not
till advanced, at least till intermediate level. Because then only
your CV proves that you are keen to work long time in Japan and are
serious to impart and improve your engineering skills and experience
for instance. Best of all, if you have your CV in Japanese language
and you can speak a minimum like your self-introduction, about your
work-ex in Japanese, nothing is better than that. And lastly there are
many many websites to post your CV and get free consultation from
Japanese consultants with interview placements. For example:
Craiglist, GaijinPot to
name a few. You can always search on internet and there are plenty of platforms to
help you now the only thing required is your willingness. In starting
it may look a bit tricky and tedious work to pitch in to a job
consultant and place an appointment with him or her. But eventually
after going through the long process of generating Ids and filing
their job entry sheets, you will sooner have a better idea what they
actually asking you again and again and that will give you a fair idea
about what qualities you should showcase in your CV as well as it will
help you to build your interview questions and answers. The point is
you have to be strong enough in one area, either it can be Japanese
language with some knowledge of other field, or it can be your expert
field for example IT with some knowledge of Japanese language.
How to save money in Japan
Ok, Whenever I tell people about my experience of studying Japanese
language in Japan, everyone quickly asks the same question: “Isn’t
Japan very expensive?” So I tell everyone that one year Cost of living
and studying in Japan is half compared to US, UK, Canada or Australia.
The idea that Japan is an expensive place to live is a myth. So keep
reading this before you go to Japan and you’ll know exactly how to get
most out of Japan within your budget. It pays to start your
money-saving efforts long before you actually set foot in Japan.
Picking the right processing agent is the most effective way to save
money as they will tell you about how and when you should start to be
optimum in terms of cost effectiveness. For example in case of Tokyo,
it can be very expensive to live there, compared to Tokushima, Osaka,
Takamatsu or other cities of Japan. Be it property prices, rented
apartment, Traveling or food, Tokyo is among the highest expensive
cities in the world. That’s why it might make sense to pick a smaller
city to Study in Japan
if one of your goals is to save money. Luckily,
there are many affordable types of accommodation and Jobs available in
other cities, especially for foreign students. So this is the first
and most important point to save money in Japan. Now let’s understand
how to save money once you reach Japan. Studying in Japan can pay you
different international and Japanese cultural experiences that you can
convert into money by using it in getting Jobs. So start with a
part-time Job and go shopping. Japanese cities are quite
bicycle-friendly, so consider buying yourself a cheap bicycle instead
of using expensive forms of public transport. Anyone who has lived in
Japan will agree that the nearest 100-yen shop (like Daiso or Aeon)
quickly becomes your best friend. Anything you might need – Right from
kitchenware, stationery, tools, household item, candies, chocolates,
beer or a very cute piggy bank to help you save more money – all is
lined up here on a very reasonable price. Just don’t get tempted by
all the kawaii and funny items that you don’t actually need. When you
start living in Japan, ask any Japanese about different hidden ways
and they will quickly tell you how you can save your money by just
filling a simple form. One will never regret about the amount he has
paid for any product purchased be it an expensive one because of its
quality and durability be it a food item, electronic item, stationery
or a household good. Similarly, When it comes to eating out, Japan
really offers a wide range of options and prices. Restaurants can be
expensive or surprisingly cheap, depending on where you go. Avoid the
busy shopping malls and look for smaller restaurants hidden in
alleyways. For less than 400yen you could get yourself a steamy rice
bowl, curry or noodle dish. There is no culture of giving tips in any
restaurant in Japan. However, cooking your own food will ultimately
save you more money as long as you learn how to shop smart. A great
way to avoid pricey groceries is shopping late and locally. These
markets generally offer better prices than convenience stores, and at
the end of the day you’ll find a lot of great deals on veggies, meat
and fish in these supermarkets. Another way to budget in Japan is by
looking at what the locals eat. Discover new ingredients like kabocha,
daikon, and Japanese veggies by taking note when they come into
season. Get yourself a big bag of rice, a bottle of mirin (cooking
wine) and a solid supply of soy sauce, three essential ingredients
in most Japanese dishes. It may take some time and effort to master
new recipes, but you’ll surely be able to impress friends and family
back home by whipping up your own Japanese dish in a very low budget.
In the end I would say, Japan is more compatible with student
lifestyle and the experiences you gain in this mesmerizing country
will be, almost certainly, priceless. Also, there are videos on our
YouTube Channel “Nihongomax” about it. Don’t forget to check it out.
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INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANS FOR JOBS IN JAPANLearn Japanese by Translation
This is the best way to Master Advanced Japanese language
1. About starting a Job Interview in Japan
The most powerful point to get a job in Japan is having a valid visa already with you and even better if you are currently staying in Japan. Among variety of information there is the first basic step that you can get your interview placed through an agent or the trusted sites that mostly work for free and you are good to go. Now the main thing here to remember is that Japanese Job interview has an equal importance of your business mannerisms as your qualifications.
This may sound obvious to the more polished professionals among us, but you must wear an appropriate suit or formal dress with your hair being tidy cut and you are cleanly shaven. You don’t get a second chance at a first impression.
Correct behavior begins before you even enter the interview room. Here is the full play-by-play of how to behave when first arriving for your interview:
1. Knock on the door three times and say:
Shitsurei shimas — Excuse me
2. Wait. Do not enter the room until you hear the interviewer say:
3. Enter the room, close the door, face the interview panel and say shitsurei shimasu again. Bow.
4. Walk to your chair, stand beside it and say:
“__(Your Name)____to moushimasu. Douzo yoroshiku onegai shimasu”
“My name is_____, it is a pleasure to meet you,”
5. Bow again. As you will need to bow, it is best to have your arms out at your sides rather than placed behind your back.
6. The interviewer will then invite you to sit down.
7. The way you sit is important: you should be sitting up straight and not leaning back, your legs should be together and your hands should be flat on your legs.
The first question you will mostly get is some version of “Jiko shokai” means self-introduction.
The best way to introduce yourself is to be short covering your latest activities, whether work history or university courses, and a little about yourself, such as hobbies and passions. Don’t go into too much detail. Keep in mind that this, along with anything else you say during a Japanese interview, should at least be in the polite form.
2. Job Interview Questions in Japan.
Most important question in the whole Japanese company interview will be “Your Knowledge about the company”
Typically an interview will begin with you explaining what you know about the company. So as per the research you have done you should give a brief summary of what you know about the company – for example: company history, products, customers, competitors, etc.
Alternatively, you may also be asked: “What does our company make? What kind of products are there?” etc.
Secondly: Why did you apply for this job?
Quite often an interviewer will want to ask why you have applied for the position. Generally, the question is in a fairly simple format. And it means “What is your purpose or motive to apply for this Job”
Shiboudouki o oshiete kudasai: Instead the interviewer could also possibly ask:
shiboudouki, oubo shita riyuu, ouboshita kikkake or shibouriyuu
These all have a similar meaning. Again, I would recommend that in your answer you highlight the experiences and skills that you have which fit the job role.
Another question they can ask what you would like to achieve if you gained this position. In order to answer you really need to know what this job is about and be able to provide a feasible possible target that you would like to aim for.
One of the main purposes of the interview is to find out about you. If you are currently employed, then they may ask about your current job. One question you may expect to hear is:
“Please tell us about your current job,”
This is an opportunity to highlight important skills that you have and the kind of work that you do. Be sure to talk about what you actually do in your current position, rather than just chatting about work in general.
Discuss the value you bring to your current employer. It is also a good opportunity to show how your experience matches the position you have applied for.
3. Interpersonal Japanese interview questions
Next they can ask about your relevant background.
However, the interviewer will also want to dig deeper about any experience you mention and ask for more specific examples. Let’s say that it was a sales position. In this case, they might ask:
“Please tell us about your experience in sales.”
In order to see what you are like, especially in regards to working under pressure, the interviewer will ask you the following:
“How do you deal with pressure? Please explain exactly how you would cope”
Both questions are asking how you would handle pressure.
Other question they may ask like what kind of work discourages you, so be sure not to say anything which is very different to the job role you have applied for!
Or how do you manage troubleshooting at work? Troubleshooting questions are perhaps the type of question that everyone dreads most, as they can be hard to anticipate. In particular, the interviewer may give you a tricky scenario in which you must decide on a solution. At a basic level you may get questions like these:
“What do you do if you can’t make a deadline?”
“If you can’t manage your workload well, what would you do?”
These two questions are quite similar; the first one is asking about if you can’t keep to a deadline so you have to think of an appropriate answer for what you would do in this situation. The second question is a little bit more focused on how you deal with time management problems.
It is always best to prepare several examples as responses prior to your interview.
Other question also asks you to explore a hypothetical situation:
“If you come across a problem during work, how would you resolve it?”
“At work there is someone that you don’t get along with well. What would you do to get along with them?”
Dealing with more interpersonal issues, like what kind of person you don’t get along with and what you would do in that situation. I would really highlight in your answer that there isn’t a specific type of person that you don’t get along with, but if there was you would use your communication skills to overcome this kind of issue.
“If you have a work colleague you don’t agree with how would you approach this situation? How would you come to an understanding?”
This question is asking if you have a difference of opinion with a work colleague, again I would highlight communication skills in your answer and try to make it clear that you get along with people quite well.
“How do you deal with difficult people?”
This is similar to the previous question but the interviewer is asking more directly what you would do if another person was difficult. You can think in terms of difficult customers rather than difficult colleagues. Your applicable experiences and skills and an essential part of the interview is about your strengths, but the interviewer may also ask about your weaknesses: “Can you tell us about your strengths/weaknesses?” And provide examples of your weaknesses. As a rule of thumb, you should prepare three examples of strengths prior to any interview. For anything you are not good at, you should also include an explanation of how you are overcoming it.
Alternatively, the interviewer may go straight into asking you about your experience. For example:
“How do you think your experience matches the position?”
For example, you can talk about specific job roles that you have had which make you a suitable match for the job you are interviewing for. A similar question, but in regards to skills, would be:
“How do you think your skills match the position?”
“If you compare yourself to someone else, how would you do work differently?”
This can be a hard question to answer, but you can highlight your personal qualities. For many jobs the interviewer will be curious about how your communication skills rank as one of your personal qualities or strengths, so they may well ask: “If you think of a new idea, how would you convince your superior about it?”
it’s about having an idea and how you would persuade people about it. It is helpful to think of a past example to include in your answer.
これらの2つの質問は非常に似ています。 1つ目は、締め切りに間に合わないかどうかを尋ねるので、この状況で何をするかについて適切な答えを考える必要があります。 2番目の質問は、時間管理の問題にどのように対処するかにもう少し焦点を当てています。
4. Further Interview rounds and procedure
Some particular interview questions that can catch many people off guard:
“What are your merits? How would they be beneficial to the company?”
The problem is with the word benefit which might lead you to think this question is about job benefits, but in fact actually they want to know how you would be a benefit for the company.
Finally, as a foreigner they may be interested in knowing more about your Japanese skills by asking straightforward:
“Please tell us about your Japanese level.”
You can answer this with information about your Japanese studies, any JLPT exams you have taken as well as any relevant experiences. Of course, the best way to knock it out of the park is to speak great Japanese throughout the interview!
The interviewers may also want to know more about any achievements you have listed in your application or mentioned during the course of the interview. You’ll then hear this question:
“Please tell us about something that you achieved? How did you achieve it?”
This question means up until now what have you achieved, and what was the process to achieve those things. It’s very important to have prepared specific answers. For example, you can talk about how you supervised a team which achieved its sales targets – but you must also specify what those targets were, how they were achieved, and the importance of teamwork throughout the process.
The interviewer may finish with some questions that are a bit more general and personal, such as:
“What are your thoughts about your career? What kind of job do you want to have?”
In this case they are asking you what you think about your career and what kind of position you would ideally like to do. It is best to align your answer with the expectations of the position you have applied for.
They may also ask for a little information about your hobbies:
“What is your hobby?”
Here you can answer with anything relevant about yourself and your hobbies. And it would be best if they are somewhat related to the job you are currently applying for.
Asking the interviewer questions
It is best to ask at least a couple of questions at the end of an interview, such as asking why the position become vacant, what kind of person would be successful in the job and to ask for more details about the position. You need to ensure that you use polite language while asking any and all questions.
End the interview on a high note
When the interview has ended, you need to stand once more, place yourself next to your chair and say a simple:
“Thank you very much.” “doumo arigatou gozaimashita”. You then bow, walk to the door, turn around and say “Shitsurei Shimas” while bowing. After you have gone through the door, you should bow one more time just before you close the door.
5. How to deal with seniors at work?
Japan has its unique business doing ways and culture. Therefore is very much required to get deep information about Japanese business mannerisms and etiquettes. These are the little bits and pieces of information that’s provided here in the end of every lesson of Business Japanese classes. Because once the Japanese business culture is imbibed in you, it is very easy to understand Japanese general culture and then it is very easy to deal with seniors, your subordinates, juniors and customers in Japan. Of course the backbone is learning Japanese language because it gives automatically a deep sense of Japanese culture and behavior. To summarize it in short, we can consider a few points like: 1. Sharing knowledge: There is a great importance of sharing knowledge while working in Japanese company as Japanese people like to co-operate and help and thus communicate among themselves the status of work going on frequently. There is a phenomenon of Groupism in Japan prevalent since ages and Japanese society has learnt to use this phenomenon in a very positive manner. You can visualize this in their work culture, service industries and in general life also. So as a foreigner it also gets imbibed in us and also there are few terms like HoRenSo (Hokoku, Renraku, Soudan) which means Informing, communicating and consulting. These terms are given special training with examples and various scenarios and in the end it really feels useful and helpful dealing with Japanese coworkers especially seniors. There is lot to speak about the training stuff like Share your knowledge. ...Be yourself. ...Realize that you are there to do more than just your job. ...Let them tell you story frankly... Be empathetic and attentive at the same time... Be prepared with homework... Be patient… and so on…. So till the time you don’t get the on job training, do check all the short articles provided after each class of Business Japanese given here, that will be enough for you as a starter.
日本には独自の方法と文化を持ったビジネスがあります。したがって、日本のビジネスマナーやエチケットについての深い情報を得ることが非常に必要です。これらは、ビジネス日本語クラスのすべてのレッスンの最後にここで提供される小さな情報です。日本のビジネス文化が浸透すると、日本の一般文化を理解しやすくなり、日本の先輩、部下、後輩、顧客とのやり取りが非常に簡単になります。もちろん、バックボーンは日本語を学ぶことです。なぜなら、それは自動的に日本の文化と行動の深い感覚を与えるからです。簡単に言えば、次のような点が考えられます。まずは、知識の共有：日本人は協力して助け、自分たちの状況を伝えたいので、日本企業で働きながら知識を共有することは非常に重要です。頻繁に行われている作業。日本では、年齢や日本社会がこの現象を非常に積極的に利用することを学んできたため、集団主義の現象が蔓延しています。あなたは彼らの労働文化、サービス産業そして一般生活においてもこれを視覚化することができます。外国人としても私たちに吸収され、情報提供、コミュニケーション、コンサルティングを意味する「ほうれんそう」（報告、連絡、相談）のような用語などです。これらの用語は、例とさまざまなシナリオで特別なトレーニングを受けており、最終的には、日本人の同僚、特に高齢者とのやり取りに非常に役立ち、役立つと感じています。知識を共有するなどのトレーニングについて話すことはたくさんあります。 例えば、素直になれ。 ...自分の仕事以上のことをするためにそこにいることを認識してください。 ...率直に話してもらいましょう...共感と気配りを同時に...宿題に備えましょう...辛抱強く...などです。ですから、OJTを受けられないときまで、ここで与えられたビジネス日本語の各クラスの後に提供されるすべての短い記事をぜひご覧ください。初心者としての十分な内容です。
6. What about Holidays while working in Japan?
It is very much said about Japanese society being very hard-working that gives us an impression of working in Japan is extremely tiring because in Japan people always keep busy in work. But it doesn’t mean that they have any lesser amount of holidays. In fact it is observed that working in Japan gets you more holidays as a whole compared to most of the countries. Japan has many fixed holidays as well as a local region-wise holiday system too. They have golden week, Obon week and New-Year week as holiday and in addition, many companies have in house holidays also. Japan has sat-sun fixed holidays system and another very interesting fact is about a gazette holiday if it comes on Sunday or any other holiday, the next day will become a holiday automatically. All full time employees are guaranteed the minimum 10-12 days of paid annual leave per year after serving an initial 6 months of employment, irrespective of race or gender. All genders in Japan are truly respected just like the lowest crime rate compared to whole world. Also, Japan has 14 festival holidays that is very much higher than compared to many countries. So it is actually a myth to say that Japanese people have no holiday and they work harder than any other worker on the planet.
AND To know Much more about How to get a Job in Japan, either keep reading
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About Job finding outside Japan (on internet)
Among variety of information I will try to guide you about the most important stuff. First, as I mentioned, you can get your interview placed through an agent or the trusted sites mentioned above that mostly work for free and then you are good to go on Skype or on their own platform. Now the main thing here to remember is that Japanese Job interview requires superb Japanese spoken skills if your work profile is related to Japanese dealing. For example Travel Company etc. In case you go into other core competency like engineering, they will focus on your coding skills for example in case of IT then, if not advanced, at least the basic Japanese understanding so that you can survive travel, shopping or understanding basic society norms required to live legally in Japan. For work visa, it will be the company and not you who are going to apply for the certificate of eligibility required for Visa if you get through with the interview process. Now the trickier part is that if the Japanese company is really going to apply for your work visa in Japanese embassy, it will ensure that you at least start learning Japanese language for at least 180 hours of study which covers N5 and a bit of N4 level so that your visa application is smooth and successful. It is nearly impossible for embassy to issue visa if the candidate hasn’t started learning Japanese language. Therefore it is highly unlikely that the company itself starts with your interview in case you have zero knowledge of Japanese language. Now assuming that you have already started learning the language and culture of Japan, still it is a far sighted goal because there can be an interview waiting for you in the application process itself from the local immigration to check your Japanese spoken skills for the fitness levels to survive in Japan on your own. So it is highly recommended for the IT or other expert areas people to start learning at least basic Japanese language to ensure a Job in Japan. After all this is finished, you have to submit your docs to Japan by post. Mostly there are companies that do not require the originals and you can post the Xerox copies of your certificates. After the issuance of COE and the Visa when you apply again in your local immigration, you pack your bags and fly to the most beautiful, well cultured and the most advanced country of the world where there is so much to learn and gain in the job as well as outside the job that you cannot even imagine.
About Food and cooking in Japan
Food can be expensive in Japan if taken outside daily. The reason behind this is the fact that it is so delicious that one can become addicted quickly and it is normally healthy also if you stick to the authentic Japanese dishes. So if you want to go deep into the information about Japanese cuisine and how tasty and healthy it is, go check on Google but here we are going to discuss about how you can save your hard earned salary at the same time relishing the savors of Japan. Do first thing first. Check about your local food market because there are certainly the super-markets that are life saving in terms of healthy packed food items and also in other daily life necessities like stationary, utensils, clothes and stuff. There you can find a lot more variety and cost effective goods compared to normal street shops and surprisingly their quality is almost the same to the branded ones. Provided you are a great cook by yourself, there is no problem at all maintaining a balance between your time, labor, job and food cost effectiveness. However for those who are not so good in cooking or have no experience of cooking, it may seem sometimes challenging in the initial phase of their living in Japan since the home food cooking may require some extra efforts of gathering the raw material etc. However, Japanese cooking is little different and is surprisingly very easy and less time consuming if you have developed the Japanese taste. There are plenty of ready to cook items which even Japanese people use quiet often to save cost, time and energy. So based upon all this information, my advice is to go slow and learn to adapt first. Go and watch various markets, your food of taste and then plan according to your interest, time availability and taste. You can now see various YouTube channels also training you how to cook tasty Japanese meals in very short time and with very few resources. Surely you can learn nutritionally balanced and tasty food cooking methods in a very short time. Also, the dormitories or the hostels provided by the companies in Japan usually come with short and compact kitchen facilities that can make your this difficult looking task much easy.
About Changing Job inside Japan
Before getting into it, let’s first understand Your Japanese working visa is valid until it expires, even if you change your job. If you change jobs, for whatever reason, your former employer cannot take your visa away, and you can work at a new company if the type of activities remains the same. However, the Immigration office has the authority to revoke your visa if you don't find a new job within 3 months after you leave your previous job. If you wish to change your job to a job outside the scope of activities defined by your status of residence, you must do your own “Application for Change of Status of Residence” by yourself before changing jobs. You can apply to that change at any time during the period of stay. As long as you have time left on your working visa, you can usually stay in Japan for up to three months without being employed. So, it's not a problem if you want to have a month or two off in Japan after quitting, but you are legally required to inform Immigration within 14 days of your last official workday. The process of serving a notice period before leaving a job depends on the company to company but in general it is almost same as any other country.
What about Transportation in Japan?
Japan has a robust transportation system, in-fact it is most robust in Asia and the world. Today Japan famous due to its technology and Bullet trains. Not only this, in Tokyo, Osaka, and some other large cities, buses and cars serve as a secondary means of public transportation, complementing the train and subway networks. Since it is present everywhere with its world famous punctuality, no-one even worries about the train coming or not even if it is raining heavily in monsoon because it is obvious to come on time. It is already written in the maps and apps that means it is going to arrive at that particular time so that you can plan your schedules with minute by minute precision and there is no haste about arriving in time for a meeting etc. Japanese people are always punctual and are on time is due to the fact that their transportation network is highly planned and precise. Transportation in Japan can be little expensive though as it has a high quality of hygiene and cleanliness maintained everywhere be it stations, Bus stops or airports etc. Moving by taxi is also considered a costly affair and used by many Japanese only in case of a sudden necessity like missing their last train at night. Shinkansen is another example of being the world-famous not just known for its speed, but also for its amazing safety record and punctuality. With careful design and precise Japanese system, there is almost no delay from schedule recorded in Japan till its beginning. Shinkansen runs on their dedicated train tracks, which contributes to the incredible departure and arrival schedule. Even after more than 50 years in operation and 10 billion travelers on Shinkansen, there are no passenger deaths due to train accidents. The total time consumed by a traveler using Shinkansen for example from Tokyo to Osaka can come even lesser than travelling in an airplane due to luggage and boarding nuisances. That can also be a reason why travelling from Shinkansen is a costly affair and it can be considered for those people who have the value of their time more than their money.
What about Accommodation in Japan?
Mainly those who go to Japan for first time on Job, shared apartments are very much popular to become the first accommodation place as they are less expensive and also the procedural formalities are less. Companies also prefer the same since they provide basic amenities with kitchen and other facilities like Refrigerator, Washing machine, Microwave, Kitchen utensils, TV, Bath-Tub, Heater, AC, Furniture, Iron etc. on shared basis, there is very less need to arrange things that a foreigner is still not aware and can be tricky for a first timer to Japan. Average expense per month can come down to as cheap as 30000 or 40000 yen a month which is considered a very satisfactory number because living in Japan can be expensive otherwise. And for those who are on travel purpose or for a short duration, Japan offers a wide range of accommodation types in both Japanese and Western styles, including some unconventional forms such as capsule hotels also. For temporary visitors, the day rates can range from 1,000 yen per person in a dormitory to over 50,000 yen per person in a first class hotel or ryokan. Obviously since here we are talking from the prospective of saving money on job, the shared apartments can be an excellent choice since they come handy, clean and well arranged as the overall Japanese system is. Now the main issue can arise when there is no company support while renting a house in Japan. So for that matter it is highly recommended to check and confirm the fact that your accommodation is pre-fixed or arranged beforehand by the company you are going in. Even if you wish to change after a month or so, that won’t be much of a trouble. Once you settle in most of the cases they are so convenient and luxurious, a foreigner quickly understands the fact that changing apartment is meaningless.
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