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How to Get a Job in Japan

The way I figure it, jobs in Japan fall into seven categories: 1. High-level corporate 2. Technology 3. Sales and Recruiting 4. Teaching English 5. Washing dishes Actually, I had seven in mind, but it was late at night when I started this and then I fell asleep on the floor with a glass of...
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Who Wears the Pants in Japan?

“Ken? Ken! Wake the hell up! Meet me at the station.” I sat up in bed, and realized it was not my bed. Words like this are why Ken Seeroi does not answer his iPhone after 11 p.m. The dreaded Yoko was on the line, and I was in her bed. Well, at least she...
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What Do You Think of Japan?

I used to think there were three possible answers to any question: yes, no, and whatever’s not covered by yes and no.  Like, when the waitress asks, Do you want another beer?  That’s a yes.  Isn’t it about time you thought about going home?  That would be a No, not until I get that beer...
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Two Japanese Life Skills You Must Master

If you want to be a success in Japan, there are only two things you really need to nail.  The unfortunate small problem is, they’re opposites.  But perhaps a colorful story will help to illustrate. So I was in a “standing bar” a couple of weeks ago, which is like a normal bar, or really...
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