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Friday, October 12, 2018

Job Offer: English Teacher In Japan

Wanna work in Japan but are too lazy to check out want ads? Let me help! Here's one I had sent to me. Yes, I see the irony.

English Teachers Wanted (Spring 2019 Start, Overseas Applicants Welcome)
Company: Borderlink (株式会社ボーダーリンク)
Job ID: 129215
Location: Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Tokyo
Post date: Sep 18, 2018
Industry: Education / Teaching
Function: Teacher, Instructor (ELT, Conversational English)
Work Type: Full Time / Entry Level
Salary: ¥215,000 ~ ¥250,000 / Month

Requirements

  • English: Native level; 
  • 12 years of education in where English was the medium of instruction; 
  • University graduate with bachelor’s degree or higher (any field); 
  • Visa sponsorship available

Description
Borderlink, Inc. is looking for flexible and adventurous individuals to join us next spring as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) across eastern Japan.

Since 2000, Borderlink, Inc. has been one of the leading recruiters of highly-skilled, dedicated English teachers at elementary and junior high school levels. Our ALTs work in public schools during regular school hours, sharing their knowledge and insight with students and fellow Japanese teachers.

ALTs generally teach between 3 to 5 classes a day, depending on the school schedule and frequency of the ALT's visit. Working alongside a Japanese teacher, ALTs follow a practice known as "Team Teaching" where responsibilities are shared. ALTs also eat lunch with their students, play with them at recess and help out during school cleaning time. This makes the ALT's role in the school, one that is not only enriching for the students and staff, but beneficial to you as well. You'll learn as much about yourself as a person as what you pass on to your students as a teacher.

With the increased focus the Japanese education system has placed on English during the run-up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the need for high-quality ALTs has risen. Although prior teaching experience and Japanese ability are not required, they are greatly sought after. Cities want the best. Here at Borderlink, we'll work to help you be the best. Our extensive support system includes:

-Training: We provide an orientation & training session for new employees to get them acclimated to Japan and the Borderlink teaching system. This training continues with seasonal sessions hosted by our team of veteran trainers and even specialized 1-on-1 training when required.

-24/7 Help & Support Line: We're here to assist you- however we can, whenever we can. We also provide help with Japanese translation on request.

-Immigration & Visa Support: We will help facilitate your entry to Japan and support your ability to work with us here.

-Banking & Accommodations: Moving from overseas is a big commitment. If you need help finding an apartment, we can connect you with the help you need. We will also help you open a Japanese Bank account and give you guidance in handling other essentials.

Lastly, we want all applicants to know that at Borderlink, we work to constantly improve ourselves and how we handle relations with our ALTs, the schools, and cities. We value our teachers' input and opinions, and do our best to recognize creativity and talent wherever we can. Just was we strive to better ourselves and how we conduct business, we hope that you are ready to do the same. Above all else, teaching needs an open mind and an open heart, as it's more than just a job- it's a life experience that will stay with you forever.

So are you ready to start the road towards that experience and come to Japan? We're waiting to hear from you! Please apply today, and thank you!

*Already in Japan? You're welcome to apply! Part-time positions are also available for domestic candidates; please see the application form on our website.

*Only those who pass the initial screening will be contacted for an interview.

See the ad HERE at GaijinPotJobs.

Thanks to my friend Vinnie who keeps sending me such things suggesting I get a real job.

Oh... and for reference, back in 1990 - 28 years ago - when I joined the JET Programme, my monthly salary was ¥300,000.

Keep in mind I didn't have key money to pay (up to 5 months of rent) paid up front, had my Board of Education office pay MOST of my rent,  had a three-bedroom place with two balconies, all the appliances, Heating and A/C... well, I lived like a king and always had plenty of money left over to blow on such things as condoms that were too small, vacations to other countries, REAL jewelry for women, oh, and plenty of booze to kill off any infection that thought it could survive in my body.

I'm just saying that the salary offered is okay... but the cost of living has increased in the course of 28 years, and there are other things to consider, such as key money, stupidly high Tokyo rents for teeny-tiny apartments that you will have to share, possible evening curfews (if you work for a company that  has helped find you living quarters), and much more.

If you take this job, do not do it for the money. You do it because you want the experience of a) living  and experiencing Japan; 2) you think you might like to be paid to speak English; 3) you are looking for a way to lay low until the heat fades.

Re: 3) I had to get fingerprinted to gain access to the country... fingerprints which went to Interpol. So, the heat, in this case, may not fade.      

Banzai,
Andrew Joseph

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Some Japanese Workers Work From Home On July 24

WTF?

That has to be the most boring headline I've ever written. But still... WTF? 

Japanese companies wanted workers to stay home on Monday giving them a so-called long-weekend… and it was accepted by 100% of the people?

Okay… I know and you know that not since religion became formalized and farming became a thing and prostitution… well… you know… I suppose religious, what with the missionary position…  rare is the day when there’s a day when everybody can take a day off from work.

Transit operators, taxi drivers, convenience store workers, food providers, spiritual guidance folk (includes priests and prostitutes)… someone is always working when everyone else isn’t.

On Monday, June 24, 2017, the Japanese government “encouraged” companies to allow employees to work from home for the day.

I get why it’s not popular: Some jobs can’t be done from home… such as those who work in an automobile manufacturing facility; or as an elevator in a high-end department store, or as a prostitute that only does outcalls (to your house)…. heck, even I’m not allowed to work from home as a writer—possibly for fear that I would just sit on my butt and play Skyrim V or watch TV all day long.

That would never happen, of course, as I’m sure I would have to get up to make lunch or go to the
bathroom.    

Japan’s plan was to prepare companies for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo by gently insisting companies provide its workers with the opportunity to work from home on July 24 of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The idea behind this is to help avoid/reduce population congestion… in a bid to ensure the expected 920,000 visitors to the Tokyo area will be able to get to the assorted sports venues in a less-crowded manner… meaning they might actually be able to get to the event in time… provided they get some help from the new train station robot system currently being worked on by JR East (see HERE). 

Apparently 900+ companies participated in the event—which must have sucked for every other employee of a non-participating company… but apparently, while many employees did stay home, it was still a guesstimated less than 20% number.

Since it was just 900+ companies… and only in Tokyo… and not everyone was willing to work from home, needless to say the impact it had on those still commuting was… well… negligible.  



Hmm… the image above is from www.qz.com and its take on the story. What’s wrong with the photo? It implies to show that the Tokyo subways station is busy on July 24, 2017. BUT… It’s July… and everyone is wearing coats that are far too warm for July in Tokyo.

I’ll assume it’s a stock image.

Here’s one from Bloomberg correctly showing men in short sleeved dress shirts… you keep those rocking until Labor day… then you are supposed to switch to long-sleeved shirts.

I never did, because it’s not a rule… just an accepted practice. I dressed in a respectful manner (IE a dress shirt, pants and tie), but I saw no need to follow the sheeple re: sleeve length or shirt color.

I believe I re-introduced Japan to teal back in 1992 (same with Toronto… though Montreal was again ahead of the Canadian curve.) 

Anyhow… Bloomberg has a proper photo:

Passengers board a train at Tokyu Toyoko Line’s Shibuya Station. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg
Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs says it may take approximately one month before results can be fashioned from the collected data on how many people took part

According to Twitter chatter, some people say the trains were less crowded, others saying meh, couldn’t tell… which again is based on, I believe, just which 900+ businesses took part in the event, and how many people in total from each company stayed away… depending on where and when they boarded and exited a train, different train density results could be observed. 

According to a report from the Ministry of International Affairs and Communications (a second Ministry is involved? That’s a bureaucracy. I suppose this one is because the program was initially set up for the Olympics?)…  in 2015, about 16 per cent of Japanese companies allowed its employees to work from home at least some of the time (not just on July 24).

Apparently 4 percent of workers telecommuted once a week.

Not bad… but does it say how many of them worked MORE than five days a week? Right. I wish I had an answer. I wonder if the Ministry (take your pick) has an answer.

Japan prime minister Abe Shinzo (surname first) has gone on record as saying he would like to raise the number of workers in Japan who telecommute one day a week to 10% by 2020.

Hmmm… according to a recent Gallup poll, 43% of employed Americans said they already spend at least some time working remotely.

I’m calling bullshirt on using that data… it says they spend some time working remotely… it  does NOT say they work remotely RATHER than working at the office.

I’m saying of those 43% of employed Americans who said in the Gallup Poll that they spend at least some time working remotely… MOST are doing work they couldn’t finish at the office.

There’s NO WAY IN HELL 43% of American workers get to spend time working at home INSTEAD of working at the office. NO FRICKIN’ WAY!

Anyhow… I’m unsure how one day a year with a voluntary base of companies offering its employees to voluntarily work from home is preparing anyone for the expected crowds of the Tokyo Olympics… but if it affords workers to work from home every now and again, I applaud the initiative.

Kanpai,
Andrew Joseph

Sunday, November 9, 2014

American Male Whore In Tokyo - Book Review

At first glance, you might be looking at the title above and wondering when I became an American citizen, but in truth, that headline is NOT about me. I remain steadfast in my Canadianism... if that is a word.

An American Male Whore In Tokyo is a book. It's about the real life experiences of a gaijin (foreigner) who goes to work at a Japanese sex club for women.

Quoting the author's very apt description:
"It's a juvenile/explicit comedy that sheds light on Japan and its culture in general as well as the dazzling yet seedy culture of host clubs. The job duties of hosts include getting paid by women to party, flirt, and quite often sleep with them. And as we've seen, some of these guys make astounding amounts of money while doing astounding amounts of damage to their livers."

It is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most entertaining book I have ever read about Japan.

I have read quite a few books on Japan. Most are pretty damn good - such as Jake Adelstein's Tokyo Vice, and everyone should go out and buy a copy of his book. Jake is an American living and working in Japan for various publications - specifically the crime beat, covering and exposing yakuza activities with the type of ice water in the veins that you might expect Batman to possess if he were real. Jake is real, however. Jake is Batman.

Other books I read are specific interest books on a given Japanese topic - such as the history of the Japanese circus - pretty good; Japanese taiko drums - meh; and Japanese sake - very informative.

All three of those books are part of the Stone Bridge Press publishers… and while I have two book reviews under my belt, I still have to write one up for them on a topic I find dear to my own heart and liver - sake. Give me a day or two.

The other books I read are usually books written by foreigners who had gone to live and work in Japan as an English teacher - like what I did for three years.

I did not choose to write such a book - but probably should have. But I didn't want to do just another book on teaching - Hoo-hum.

To be honest, even my blog isn't chock full of feel good stories about the kids I taught, nor is it a learning experience about the places I visited… at least not in the same manner that every one else seems to write their stuff.

I had adventures. I had fun.  I often had no idea where I was or with whom I was with. But… I did keep copious notes - and certainly recall how to expand on those notes.

Now… meet the American Male Whore In Tokyo. This is the book I wish I had written - for a number of reasons.

Written, at least according to the cover, by Rowen Boozewell, the book is about man named John Box… and while I know who it is really about and who really wrote it (same guy), let's just say that he would like to keep his day job and doesn't want the world to know how depraved his life was in Japan.

The guy worked in a Japanese sex club for women. He got paid to have sex with women. A dream job? It depends on whom you ask.

The character of John Box is charming, witty, slutty and a drunk.

Despite the obvious similarities, no, it's not about me. I would use my real name. Maybe.

Anyhow… when I was contacted by the author and asked to provide a review for American Male Whore In Tokyo, I was about 100-pages into it and found myself laughing my butt off - out loud.

I will laugh out loud at things people say or do… but I will never actually LOL when I read anything. Now… almost never.

There are a couple of running jokes in the story that might have a semblance of truth - and 'Rowen Boozewell' and I did discuss that it would have been funnier if it actually occurred three times - but dammit, the book is a poignant look inside a part of Japan most of us will never see or didn't even know existed.

You people on the JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Programme - stick to teaching. You are an ambassador for your country of origin.

Armed with that knowledge, despite being a male whore - non-professional - I stayed out of any club or situation that had or could have any sort of negative impact on my stay in Japan. No yakuza. No police. No violence. No media. No trouble.

I mean, I went out and enjoyed the nightlife of Japan. I just avoided trouble.

But... John Box… the hero of American Male Whore In Tokyo… he sort of took my advice and enjoyed the nightlife of Japan - only his sexual escapades were profitable. I think.

However... his sordid tale did catch up with him by the end of the book. I think.

Basically, I don't want to give away much of the story. It's not mine to give, and I wouldn't want to ruin anyone's reading experience.

So... if you are tired of reading lily-white books about how someone's day went when they visited a Japanese classroom for the first time, then get ready to be schooled by John Box, as the book takes you down the rabbit hole into the Wonderland that is Tokyo's very visible, but very invisible and bizarre underground sex club scene. For women.

Hunh. Who knew? It makes me want to go back to Japan again - just for a peek.

Despite it's adult content, there is not a hard-core feel to the book. That alone keeps it readable because you aren't always popping a boner and trying to turn the pages with one hand. At least I wasn't. Different strokes for different folks et al.

It is descriptive, but in a good way, without being disgusting. The character of John Box - love him or hate him - is still a very real person.

I probably would have enjoyed having him as a friend in Japan. I think.

He probably would have hated my lily white portrayal of myself in Japan. I think.

When the author contacted me, he initially commented after reading some of my blogs, that "it appears as though you and I shared quite a similar time in Japan." I assume he means with wild sexual escapades.

Hardly, my friend, hardly.

While I'm pretty sure I slept with more women than you did, I think you were better compensated for it.

So… American Male Whore in Tokyo: I give it 5 Tongues up out of 5.
You should get a copy.

Where can you get a copy?

Amazon in Kindle & paperback version, and on CreateSpace, but to be honest, I did not find it there.

Oh yeah... the author - having already convinced me to read the book - provided me with a nice compliment:
"After searching the Internet for humorous and/or Japan-related blogs, I'd like to award you first prize for Best Name. That's one I certainly wish that I had thought of first."

Kanpai,
Andrew Joseph
PS: By the way… I used to say 'Cheers' here, but recently changed it to the Japanese word 'kanpai'. That's because of the author of this book, who used it as I used 'cheers'. That's how much I respect the author and the book.