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Junior in Japan
Things Needed to Know Before Rent a House in Japan
Living is important so that you can enjoy a new life in Japan. Therefore, before coming to Japan, many people are working hard to find out the average rent in the area they want to live in, and make savings in their home country. However, do you know that if you rent a house in Japan, you have to pay the rent in addition to the rent. This time, I would like to introduce the points to note when renting in Japan. 【敷金】 敷金 is the money that the resident keeps with the landlord in case of problems such as delinquency or damage to the room. This cost is basically two months rent. If the room gets dirty or the equipment is destroyed when the contract ends, the cost of repair will be subtracted from the security deposit and the remaining money will be paid to the resident. I will return it. In addition, if you have a pet, please be careful as you may have to pay extra money for it. 【礼金】 礼金 is mainly paid as "thank you money". It is said that the key money custom in Japan began with the "Rental Rent Control Ordinance" established before the war. Since it became difficult to raise the rent, it seems that the beginning is to set up a key money and get it in advance. 礼金 is about one month's rent, and unlike the deposit, it does not return even after the contract ends. 【保証人・保証会社・保証料】 Finding 保証人 is a difficult task for foreigners. In Japan, a Japanese guarantor is required when a foreigner signs a rental property in Japan. This seems to be the most difficult hurdle for everyone who has just arrived in Japan. There are few guarantors overseas, and in most cases it is okay to contact a friend or family member as an emergency contact, but in Japan, you must have a guarantor regardless of whether you are a Japanese or a foreigner. If you are working in Japan, ask your boss or colleagues for help. If you are an international student, ask your school teacher. If you cannot find a guarantor, you may be able to make a contract by using a guarantor company. A guarantor is a system that receives a guarantee fee from the borrower and pays the landlord on behalf of the rent when the rent is delinquent. The guarantee fee is 50% to 100% for one month. With the increase in the number of foreigners living in Japan in recent years, the number of real estate agents for foreigners, such as Leopalace 21, Oakhouse, and various share houses, who do not need a guarantor, has increased. So, when you are looking for a home, contact as many real estate agents as possible and find the best home.
Tips for Taking Trains in Japan!
As a foreigner, no matter which country you live in, you will more or less suffer from culture shock. What do you remember about the cultural differences you have encountered in Japan? As for my experiences, as soon as I returned to Japan from abroad and got on a train to my home, I felt that I was in Japan. Why is that? Have you ever taken a train in Japan? At 8am-9pm and 6pm-7pm, the so called “commuting period”, the trains on all lines are so crowded that passengers can barely move. I have two bento boxes broken due to being overcrowded on the train in two years. However, for newcomers in Japan, the quietness on a crowded train might be more impressive than the crowded situation! Even though there are many people in the car, but no one is talking. The car is so quiet that you can even hear the sound of needles falling to the ground. And of course, the situation happened in not only commuting period but also ordinary period. Thus, once I get on the train and don’t hear any voice of talking or laughing, I know I AM BACK TO JAPAN. Is there any other way to get on a train like a Japanese other than being quiet in the train? Here, please allow me to introduce some tips of taking a train in Japan! <Turn your smartphone into silent mode> If you have ever taken a train in Japan, you must heard the broadcast saying “Please turn your cellphone into silent mode!” When talking about the culture of being quiet in the train, it refers to not only refrain from talking in the car, but also avoid any voice that can be heard from smartphones. <Turn off the mobile phone near the priority seats> A few weeks before, I heard that a friend living in Japan was scolded by an elder when taking a train. I was a little bit surprised and asked for more information. When my friend was replying to an email on her smartphone near the priority seat during commuting, she was scolded by an elder sitting in the priority seat, “Don’t you have any common sense? Turn your cellphone off!” the elder said. The reason why cell phones have to be turned off when we are near the priority seats is that the radio waves of the mobile phone may cause the malfunction of the medical equipment put inside the body of anyone sitting in the priority seats. And, this may lead to death of that person. In fact, with the progress of science, the influence of radio waves from mobile phones on medical devices has almost disappeared, however, the rule still remains as before. By the way, when talking about the priority seats, there are some differences between Japan and other countries. In Taiwan, for example, the conditions for priority seating are well defined and checked. Thus, even if the train or bus is crowded, the priority seats may still be available. On the other hand, in Japan, since the use of priority seats is not that strict, anyone can sit if the priority seats are available. <Manners of boarding and disembark> In Japan, before the train arrives, people usually automatically wait in two lines for the train. When the train arrives, wait until passengers getting off the train to board. Besides, if you want to get off the train but the car is too crowded and you cannot move, you can say “すみません、おります。(su mi ma sen, orimasu.)”in the volume that everyone around you can hear. The manners introduced this time are not official laws, however, if you do not follow them properly, you may feel the cold eyes from the surroundings. If you face any situation and have no idea how to interact properly, one tip is to think in accordance with the “DO NOT DISTURB OTHERS” culture.
Don't Forget this before Heading to Japan
If you want to go to Japan, what kind of things should you bring? Japan is known for its convenience in life, so if you go to Japan as a tourist, you only need to bring a suitcase. However, if you are going to live in Japan for a long time, there are always things that you have to bring from your home country to Japan. This time, I will introduce what you should bring when you travel from Taiwan to Japan, taking Taiwanese as an example. 【Seal/Hanko】 There is a Hanko culture in Japan, and Hanko is used to do anything to do anything. Therefore, there are various kinds of Japanese stamps. Why should I buy stamps in Taiwan after I go to Japan in this situation? That's the idea of the cost. You can buy a stamp for around 300 yen in Taiwan, but in Japan, a stamp costs at least 2000 yen. Besides, it takes less time to make stamps in Taiwan than in Japan. I think it is smarter to buy stamps in Taiwan from the perspective of cost and convenience. However, you may not be able to use Japanese hanko depending on the type, so you must be careful when buying Japanese hanko in Taiwan. The two basic rules are to write a round stamp and a full name. For reference, the following three types of stamp are commonly used in Japan. ● 実印Registered seal: Registered seal is the most important seal stamp in the stamp, and is accompanied by legal and social rights and obligations. Used for important contracts such as contracts, inheritance and real estate transactions. ● 銀行印 Bank seal: Stamps used by financial institutions. Since the bank seal is registered in the bankbook, it is best to use different stamps for each financial institution and account. ● 認印 Seal: A common stamp used in daily life. Usually, it is a stamp that engraves only the family name. 【Certificate Photo】 In Japan, there are photo studios and other certification photo machines installed everywhere, but why should you bring it from Taiwan? Or? First of all, the Taiwanese photo studio sells everything from taking pictures to processing beautiful skin as a package service. What's more, when handing a photo to a customer, not only the photo, but also the data of the photo that has been treated to make the skin beautiful. Thanks to that, you don't have to take another photo even if you use all the photos I got at the time. On the other hand, if you want to get a beautiful skin treatment service at a photo studio in Japan, you will get an additional fee and you will not receive photo data. If a foreigner lives in Japan, there is always a place to use an ID photo for visa changes and job hunting. If you have the time, I would recommend taking an ID photo in your home country. Reference: https://livesjapan.blogspot.com/2017/06/blog-post_21.html
Checklist before Moving in Japan!
Have you ever moved in your home country? If yes, What should be done before moving? In Japan, before you start a new life in a new home, you must complete the contract (cancellation/start) procedure for gas, electricity, and water. This time, we will introduce gas, electricity, water, and the procedures for each method in detail. 【Gas】 A gas company can be contracted for each house where you plan to live. Basically, the real estate agent who introduced you to your house can get information about the gas company. First, let's make a phone call to the gas company and make a reservation to open the gas tap. At this time, you and someone from the gas company must be together, so check your schedule in advance. Also, when you decide to come to Japan, check with the sending agency or the person of the company you are going to work for beforehand. Depending on the company, a temporary deposit may be required, and it may be necessary to pay about 10,000 yen. Basically you can get it back at the end. Gas fees can be paid at convenience stores or automatically deducted from your bank account. []Electricity】 Unlike gas, electricity can be used by telling the first day you live in your house. This is also the same as for gas, and a real estate agent who introduced you to your house can get information about an electric company. First, make a phone call to the company. However, in Japanese houses, there is a breaker. This is to prevent electricity from being automatically used in the event of a disaster or if the capacity of electricity that can be used at home at the same time is temporarily exceeded to prevent a fire. When you get into the house for the first time, this breaker remains off. First of all, turn on this breaker when you enter the house. As with electricity and gas, you can pay at convenience stores or automatically withdraw from your bank account. 【Water】 The water supply is the same as gas, so the real estate agent who introduced you to your house can ask you for the number of the Water Bureau in charge of your area. First, let's call the company. In your new home, you will be able to use the water as soon as you turn the tap, but call the first day you start using it. On rare occasions, the mains of the water supply may be tight. When using the tap water for the first time, let it out for 1-2 minutes so that clean water comes out. In terms of paying the water fee, you can pay at convenience stores or automatically withdraw from your bank account. The procedures for gas, electricity, and water are different, but there are common points. It is usually to contact by phone. If you are Japanese, it is not a big deal to contact by phone, but if you are a foreigner who has just moved to Japan and is moving to Japan for the first time, it feels so difficult that you want to shout &quot;Please help&quot;. Therefore, I would like to introduce three sentences that I often use when contacting me to proceed with the contract procedure by telephone. 【Water】 日本語:すみませんが、XX日お引越ししますので、水を使えるようにお願いします。 ふりかな:すみませんが、XXにちおひっこししますので、みずをつかえるようにおねがい します。 【Electricity】 日本語:すみませんが、XX日お引越ししますので、電気を使えるようにお願いします。 ふりかな:すみませんが、XXにちおひっこししますので、でんきをつかえるようにおねが いします。 【Gas】 日本語:すみませんが、XX日お引越ししますので、ガスを開栓お願いします。 ふりかな:すみませんが、XXにちおひっこししますので、ガスをかいせんおねがいします。
Senior in Japan
Those Days of Job Searching in Japan(1) - Preparation before Interview
Summer of 2018, I finally received a diploma and officially participated in &quot;Job Hunting&quot; in Japan. What do you think of when you first ask for a job in Japan? Do you immediately have an image of black suits, black leather shoes, black bags, etc.? In Japan, such clothes are supposed to be the basic style of job interviews. Every time when I take a train, walk a campus or a city and see people wearing such clothes, I recalls the season of job searching. As a foreigner looking for a job in Japan, I would like to introduce the job hunting coordination points that give a good image to the interviewer. 【Men】 Hairstyle ●Black and short hairstyles are the best. ● Carefully shave your beard on your face for a clean look. Clothing ●Black solid suit ●Choose a dark tie for your tie ●Make sure to wear a blazer ●Tighten your belt shoes and socks ●Wear black business leather shoes. ● Choose a dark sock color, and be careful not to let your ankles protrude when you sit down. Bag ●Black and dark briefcase ●A good size for A4 documents. 【Women】 Hairstyle and makeup ●Black hair is the best. ● The point is to give a bright and clean impression. For short hair, it is better to put the hair over your ears, and for long hair, arrange the hair in the form of a ponytail. Be careful not to get your bangs on your face. ●Natural makeup that looks clean and intelligent is good. Makeup in Japan is considered to be a basic etiquette, so please be careful not to go to the interview with your bare face. Clothes ●Black plain suit ●A good combination of a blouse and a suit skirt in a suit ●Always wear a blazer Shoes and socks ●Black high heels and a heel height of 5 cm or less. It is important to note that no loud noise is produced when walking. ● The socks are best stockings with a feeling of bare skin. Bag ●Black and dark briefcase ●A good size for A4 documents. Once you know the key points for job hunting, the next question is, where do you buy all these things? In fact, suit company clothing stores like Aoyama offer you a style that fits your budget so that job seekers can buy everything they need. If you only want to buy briefcases and shoes for interviews, you may be able to find cheap, high-quality items at online stores such as Rakuten and shopping streets. As a reference for everyone, there is a very kind shoe store in the shopping mall, and I have received various advices such as which shoes should be worn, not to mention the price and quality.
Those Days of Job Searching in Japan(2) - the Japanese Style Interview
Last time, we have introduced preparations for job interviews in Japan, so this time, I would like to share some interesting episode I have encountered when interviewing in Japan. 【There is no reception counter at the entrance of the company! 】 Speaking of job hunting last year, what impressed me most was that some companies have no reception counter at the entrance to the company. When I went to the company for an interview in my home country, I first told the staff at the reception counter at the entrance about my name, the person in charge of the interview, the time of the interview, etc., and then I was asked to show me the interview location. Thus, when I first went to work for an interview in Japan, I expected this kind of flow, but I was a little shocked by the fact that there was only one phone at the entrance. In recent years, in order to reduce costs, many Japanese small and medium-sized enterprises have changed their company entrance counters to phones and tablets. If there is a telephone at the entrance, there should be a note next to the telephone that tells you what number to press. If there is a tablet at the entrance, enter your name and person in charge on the tablet, and someone will surely come to pick you up at the entrance. Even so, it totally gets my nerve if I had to make a phone call in Japanese without preparation. 【Write personal information before the test starts?】 By any route, the interviewer should have already received a resume with our personal information written before the interview begins, but in almost all companies the personal information document that the company created earlier After writing, the interview will begin. You may take this as a waste of time, however, If you try to think this as one of Japanese culture, it is actually not that bad, right? 【Questions asked by interviewers】 Before asking questions that interviewers always ask, let's first consider what kind of problems Japanese interviewers prefer. From my experience in my home country, the question that an interviewer usually asks is "what did you do before?" For example,"what did you achieve?" "What difficulties did you have to do?" "How did you solve it?" On the other hand, in Japan, interviewers tend to ask the "WHY"questions such as "Why do you want to do that?" "Why do you want to achieve this?" "Why do you have such difficulties?" "Why did you choose this solution?" Thus, when I had an interview in Japan, I was always asked, "Why did you come to Japan?" "Why did you choose a Japanese program at a university instead of a Japanese language school?" "Why did you choose?" "Why do you want to work in Japan?" "Why do you want to enter this industry?" "Why do you want to join this company?" And if the answer is not persuasive enough, the interviewer often changes words and asks a similar question again. At first, you may find it difficult to have an interview like this, but as you gain experience in interviews, you will be able to grasp the contents of a Japanese-style interview and make predictions before the interview. In addition, since the interviewer asks more or less the idea of Japanese companies, it is possible to think about whether or not you will get used to Japanese companies while thinking about the answers to these questions. Of course, it is definitely much more difficult to get a job interview overseas, but with that experience, you can find yourself developed faster than you can imagine. So, WHY NOT GIVE IT A TRY?
What if You Wanted to Buy a Bicycle in Japan?
It was a great time to inform me that my friend A was there last winter. She finally found her favorite house and moved to Meguro Ward, Tokyo. The new house has a large space and low rent, and the water and electricity bills are already included in the rent. However, it is far from the station and it takes about 30 minutes to walk to the nearest station. If you add the time to board the train, it will take more than 2 hours just to commute to work. More difficult than that is to run to the station on a sleep-deprived morning so you will not be late. So, at the end, A decided to buy a bicycle one week after moving. Bicycle riding is quite common in Japan. but as a new comer, what are the things we should be careful about when purchasing and riding bike in Japan? 【Be sure to check the lights and crime prevention registration when buying a bicycle】 As the number of users increases, the Japanese government has also established various rules and penalties for driving bicycles. The rule that lights up at night is the most violated rule. I have this kind of experience when I was in my home country. At night, I rode a motorcycle and stopped at a red light at an intersection. I wanted to get home early, looked around, decided that there was no police, and started going through the intersection before the traffic light changed. At that moment, police came out somewhere and cracked down on a traffic violation. I have seen this kind of so-called hidden crackdown experience in Japan. However, what I was driving was not a motorcycle, but a bicycle, and what I was in violation was not to start running at a red light, but to run on the road without turning on the lights at night. So when you buy a bicycle, be sure to ask the bicycle shop to install the light so that you will not be penalized. In addition to installing lights, if you own a bicycle in Japan, you must be registered for crime prevention. A crime prevention registration is a registration that is not stolen and can be recovered even if it is stolen. Conversely, if you do not register, you may be suspected of stealing your bicycle. A friend of mine used to give me a bicycle, but I forgot to register for crime prevention. As a result, the police thought that someone had stolen the bicycle and returned it to my friend. Thus, when you buy a bicycle, be careful not to forget the crime prevention registration. Then, how to process the crime prevention registration? If you buy a bicycle at the store, you can fill out the documents prepared by the store and complete the application for crime prevention registration. The fee is 500 yen. If you buy it online, you may be able to apply for crime prevention registration at a retail store or a home center near your house. If you cannot find a store where you can apply, ask a bicycle shop run by an individual near your house and you may be able to do so. However, depending on the store, you may be refused, so it is better to ask by phone before going to the bicycle shop. If you want to apply for crime prevention registration after buying a bicycle, please prepare the following items: ● Bicycle ● Proof of purchase or manufacturer's warranty certificate ● Car license or health insurance card ● Residence card ● If used bicycle , Certificate of bicycle transfer from the previous owner 【Earphones are prohibited while driving】 Before I came to Japan, one of my favorite sports was riding a bicycle while listening to music with earphones. However, since I came to Japan, I can no longer ride my bicycle and wear earphones. Unfortunately, in Japan, where bicycles are widespread, by prohibiting the use of earphones while driving, drivers can pay attention to road conditions and reduce the number of traffic accidents. 【Double carries not allowed】 Bicycles are basically for one person. Double carries are prohibited in many prefectures with the following exceptions: If you violate it, you will be fined about 20,000 yen. (Exception: When a child under the age of 6 is put on an infant seat.) 【Bicycles must be parked in bicycle parking lots】 Due to the widespread use of bicycles, bicycle parking lots can be found everywhere in Japan. So if you want to stop your bicycle, be sure to park it at the bicycle parking lot. If you don't, you will still be lucky to get a warning and you may even be moved to a wrecker. It is common to commute to school or commute to school in Japan, but according to the data, bicycle drivers have one traffic accident every six months. Everyone should follow the rules and drive a bicycle correctly.
Food Delivery App. in Japan!
Have you ever been hungry but don’t want to go out? This time, I would like to introduce food delivery services in Japan. Food delivery services have been provided in Japan since Edo period. With the rapid growth of the Japanese economy in the 1960s, delivery services became very popular. However, since the 1970s, various kind of restaurants appeared and people were gradually getting used to eat out. Thus, the food delivery service has been reduced to the extent that it can be used for special occasions only. The opportunity for food delivery to become popular again is 2016, the time that UBER EATS decided to run the business in Japan. According to a survey by NPD Japan, due to the influence of corona, sales in May 2020 will be more than three times that of the same month last year (up 205% from the same month last year)! (Reference: NPD Japan Co., Ltd. press release &lt;Restaurant/Half-meal survey report&gt;) Then, among all the food delivery apps, which is recommended? Below are three representative apps in Japan. ・UBER EATS UBER EATS provides delivery for various stores, from chain stores such as McDonald’s to local stores that usually do not provide delivery service. The UI is also easy to use and make orders. In addition, in terms of fees and delivery speed, UBER EATS is cheap and fast. For reference, UBER EATS is said to have an average delivery time of 10 to 20 minutes. On the other hand, other services can take over 40 minutes. However, when using UBER EATS, there are some points needed to be care of. It is necessary to register and write the address. <How to order> 1. Set the delivery receipt address, and search for restaurants available. 2. Select the restaurant that you would like to make order. 3. Select the product and tap Add to Cart. 4. Sign in (first time: create an account). 5. To confirm your order, select View Cart or Checkout. 6. Confirm the order details and tap [Order]. 7. Check the delivery status. ・Demaekan The number of stores currently listed in the app is about 20,000, which is quite a lot. In addition, the stores listed in the Demaekan are mainly chain stores. Demaekan offers delivery services all over the country, from chain stores that cannot usually deliver to standard chain stores. By the way, Demaekan is an app that can be used anywhere in Japan! However, as a weakness, since most of the restaurants in Demaekan provide meals, you may find few stores selling desserts, such as pancake. In addition, there are many stores where the minimum amount is set for orders. If you live alone, we recommend that you set the filter function to no minimum amount before starting the restaurant search. <How to order> 1. Type in zip code to search for restaurants available around. 2. Select the restaurant that you would like to make order. 3. Select the product and tap Add to Cart. 4. Sign in or press “order as a guest” to continue ordering without sign in 5. Select the method of delivery from “deliver now” and “schedule an appointment”. 6. Select a payment method and click “Confirm the order” to proceed the order confirmation. ・Rakuten Delivery Rakuten Delivery is a delivery application that is connected to Rakuten, which is famous for online shopping. If you are already a Rakuten member, you do not have to apply for membership registration for Rakuten Delivery, and you can also collect Rakuten points by using Rakuten Delivery. Rakuten Delivery provides delivery services centered on famous restaurant chain brands. According to the 2019 comprehensive ranking, the most popular were the curry house CoCo Ichibanya, Gusto, and Ginno Sara. In addition, the category of “luxury delivery lunch”, which is only available in Rakuten Delivery, is also attracting attention! If you want to eat good food at a fine restaurant but have no time to go or line up, why not order a “luxury delivery lunch” from Rakuten Delivery? However, one thing to be careful of is that the number of local stores provide in Rakuten Delivery is small. Once you leave cities, such as Tokyo, the number of stores available for taking orders decreases immediately. <How to order> 1. Type in zip code to search for restaurants available around. 2. Select the restaurant that you would like to make order. 3. Select the product and tap Add to Cart. (If there is a discount provided, it will be displayed on the screen at this time!) 4. Sign in or press “don’t register for Rakuten membership” to continue ordering without sign in Sign in. 5. Select the method of delivery from “deliver now” and “schedule an appointment”. 6. Select a payment method and proceed to confirm your order. 7. Once the order is placed successfully, you will receive an order confirmation email. This time, we introduced 3 representative delivery apps in Japan! What do you think? With the decreasing trend of eating out, we can foresee that the delivery service will become more active in the near future! We will continue our search for good app and keep you updated! ------ 1. https://www.npdjapan.com/press-releases/pr_20200707/ 2.https://naruhodo-wifi.com/delivery-apri/#Uber_Eats 3. https://www .nojima.co.jp/support/koneta/50001/ 4. https://delivery.rakuten.co.jp/special/lp.html
Wanna Make an International Transfer with Safe and Low Handling Charge?
You want to send money back to your home country safely with less charges? When you work in Japan and finally save some money, will you send it to your family back home? There are several ways to send money overseas, which one should you choose? Will you send money in the same way as your friends do? Actually, there may be a cheaper and more convenient way! In this article, we are going to show you several money transfer methods and also our pick as one of the safest and most convenient ways with less charges <strong>■ Remittance methods and our recommended option</strong> ------- [×] Bank remittance: High fees! In Japan, it is quite common to send money from a local bank to a bank account in your hometown. However, this is expensive. To make an international money transfer via a bank in Japan, you may have to pay additional 2,000 yen or more for money transfer fees, including currency conversion fees, SWIFT tracing fees, and sending / receiving fees. [×] Underground bank: High Risk! Some people send money to their home country through methods found on SNS or introduced by friends. HOWEVER, this is illegal and dangerous! None of us would like to take the risk of being put in jail or losing money earned with all our efforts simply because we utilize an illegal way to send money back to our hometown! Thus, by any means, please avoid this kind of remittance method. [◎] SBI Remit: Our pick! By comparing the complexity of processing steps, the time needed to complete the transfer, the amount of processing fees, we recommend “SBI Remit” as the best international money transferring option. <strong>■ Reason why SBI Remit is recommended </strong> ------- The biggest advantage for you is that the handling charge starts from 460 yen, which is the lowest level in the industry! No matter which country you send money to, it will be considerably cheaper than sending from a Japanese bank. In addition, as a foreigner in Japan, when making an international money transfer through a bank, you might have experienced the difficulties of completing the international remittance procedures or the long waiting period for the money to arrive in the designated account. However, with SBI Remit, the procedure is simple and you can send money via the Internet, ATM, convenience store, etc. at any time. Moreover, the transferred money will become available to be withdrawn in 10 minutes in your home country! (Reminder: The fees and the time until receipt depends on the country, amount of money and method of receipt.) When reading to this paragraph, you may now be wondering what on earth “SBI Remit” is. Is it a safe company? “SBI Remit” is a Japanese company specializing in providing overseas remittance services. Also, it has passed strict examinations and been officially approved by the Japanese government. In addition, SBI Remit provides multi-language customer services so that customers can be helped in their own language. <strong>>><a href="https://www.remit.co.jp/en_landingpage/sion/" target="_blank">To learn more!</a></strong> <strong>■ Remittance Procedure of SBI Remit</strong> ------- First, please register for the free membership online! Once you have completed your membership registration, you will be able to send money to your home country at any time. <strong>>> <a href=" https://ires.remit.co.jp/IRESWeb/LandingDummy.jsf?campaignCode=hr_000_Sion&language=ja" target="_blank">Register NOW!(FREE)</a></strong> <Member registration procedure>; 1. Register for membership online (free of charge) 2. Receive a Welcome Pack via courier within a week 3. Use the temporary login and password contained in the Welcome Pack to log in to the members’ site 4. Membership registration completed! *If you cannot use the website or want to apply for the membership in languages other than Japanese, please contact Gaikokujin-Navi! In this article we have introduced “SBI Remit”, a safe and convenient method of remittance with less charges. If you have not heard about this company before, why not check it out!
Use the Right tool and Land your Dream Job in Japan!
Did you know that several people from Taiwan who live in Japan have disappeared since late May 2020? An investigation by the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan has revealed that these Taiwanese were arrested by the Japanese police for illegal employment. According to the announcement of the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan on September 10, 2020, those people are arrested because their actual job content differs from which they submitted to the government for visa application. Further, they did so under the guide of a recruitment agent. This is actually pretty scary! How can we, foreigners who have a dream of working in Japan, legally find a job in Japan? Here, let me introduce methods of job searching in Japan! <Through job-searching website> Most of the well-known job search websites in Japan, such as MYNAVI and Indeed, are for Japanese people, so many jobs are only recruited by Japanese people. Foreigners can also apply, but it is not uncommon if there is no reply or if there is an immediate notification of rejection. You should also note that it is mostly in Japanese. If your Japanese level does not reach N3, it may be difficult to use these websites. Is there a website that is easier for foreigners to use than a large job search website? The answer is Yes. However, although there are some websites particularly for foreigners, they have some weaknesses! First of all, the job openings are limited to one or two industries. Secondly, although it is not written on the website, but in fact, the website is offering job openings to foreigners of a specific nationality. With these two restrains, it is not unusual that the you may find no or only few job openings that match your specialty or skill after taking more than 1 hour to finish the registration! <Through recruitment agency> If you are looking for a job in Japan, recruitment agency is also a good method! What are the strengths of recruitment agency? First, you can manage your time efficiently. Through interviews with job seekers, agents will fully understand the level of Japanese language of job seekers, the type of industry and occupation they are interested in, their wishes for treatment and welfare, etc., and will compile and directly provide job openings suitable for the job seeker. Secondly, the job change agent will accompany the job seeker for an interview. As job seekers, we are at least in our twenties and should be able to go to the company for an interview by ourselves, however, everything becomes much more difficult when we go to the company for an interview alone overseas. Therefore, it would be a great advantage for foreigners to accompany a job change agent. On the other hand, there are some points to be aware of when looking for a job through a recruitment agent! It is the “legality” of the recruitment agent! If you want to do an employment placement business in Japan, you should get a permit number from the government. However, there are many agents who have already started business before getting the permission. Moreover, because of the tough competition between recruitment agencies, it is not uncommon that they force job seekers to apply for jobs that are relatively easy to match. Further, some of them even teach job seekers to illegally acquire the visa to work in Japan. We have introduced two methods so far and either has strengths and weaknesses! NOW, please allow me to introduce a method that overcomes all the weaknesses mentioned above 【Through Gaikokujin-Navi!】 What are the strengths of Gaikokujin-Navi? ● Gaikokujin-Navi is a legal recruitment agency that has not only the employment placement permit number, but also the worker dispatch permit number, and the registration support organization registration number. (https://sion-group.com/about) ● A job searching website with job openings of every industry has been launched for foreigners regardless of nationality (https://www.gaikokujin-navi.com/) ● Introduce jobs that match the skills, hopes, and visas of job seekers only Wanna find your dream job in japan? Don't miss "Gaikokujin-Navi", the website designed for you!
What if you want to go to a hospital in Japan?
「If I feel sick and would like to go to the hospital, what should I do?」 「I was told that medical fee in Japan is expensive, is it true?」 This time, we would like to introduce the check points before going to a doctor in Japan, the process of visiting a doctor, and the possible medical expenses! <Check points before going to a doctor> ・Find the clinic or hospital where doctors can speak English or your mother language. The Japan National Tourism Organization has released a medical information site for foreigners. If you search there by region, language, or department, you will find a medical institutions that meet your needs! In addition to medical institutions, they also have a guidebook for using medical institutions in Japan. In case of any unknown accidents, it is recommended to download the pdf file of the guidebook before coming to Japan. → JNTO: https://www.jnto.go.jp/emergency/eng/mi_guide.html ・Check the reviews on specific clinic or hospital If several hospitals that meet our needs have been found, how could we decide which one is better to go? Let’s check the reviews of users who actually used the hospital! → Caloo: https://caloo.jp/ (Japanese) ・Make an appointment in advance For the first consultation, reservation is not required for many clinics in the area. However, many dental clinics require reservations. You may be able to receive a dental treatment without reservation in advance only if there is no appointment at that time. Large hospitals are likely to have to wait for a long time unless you have made a reservation. Further, to go to a large hospital, you need to have a “letter of referral” from another hospital or clinic. Without the letter of referral, the cost will be higher than usual or you will not be accepted in the first place. <Process of visiting a doctor> ① Hand in your health insurance card and medical examination ticket at the reception. ② If it is the first visit, fill out a simple questionnaire. ③ Hand in the completed questionnaire to the reception. ④ The reception staff will briefly ask about your symptoms. If you have a fever, the staff will measure your body temperature. ⑤ Wait until your name is called and get into the consulting room. It is recommended that you prepare a memo of your physical condition and symptoms in advance so that you can answer the questions from your doctor properly. [Reference] Frequently Asked Questions ・ What is going on? ・ Can you tell me what your symptoms are? ・ Do you have any ideas about the reason that may lead to these symtoms? ・ When did the symptom begin? ・ And then, did you do anything? ・ What happened as a result? ⑥ Depending on the symptom, treatment will be performed in the treatment room. ⑦ Get a prescription from the reception staff and make a payment. (If necessary, the staff will help you make the next appointment at the same time.) ⑧ Take your prescription to a nearby pharmacy to get your medicine. (In Japan, pharmacists explain in detail how to take medicine, its effects, and side effects, so listen carefully to the pharmacist’s explanation.) Waiting time and consultation time before consultation may be longer depending on the hospital and clinical department. However, the most important thing is to cure the illness, isn’t it? So, Let’s be patient and wait calmly! <Medical Expenses> Approximately 3,000 yen for the first visit and about 1,000 yen for the second visit (the next visit to the same medical institution for the same reason), and other fees calculated in accordance with the received treatments and tests. There are few medical institutions that can pay with electronic money, so bring cash and check in advance if you want to use a credit card. If a medicine is given, the cost of the medicine is required separately from the medical examination fee. When living abroad, we always try to live as healthy as we can! However, accidents cannot be foreseen. Thus, please make sure to have a list of the medicines you take most often and the list of medecines that you might be allergic to before you go abroad! Reference: https://www.cocokarada.jp/knowhow/before/nagare/index.html
Japanese Learning
Various Japanese (1)- New words related to Covid 19
I feel that the new coronavirus that occurred at the end of 2019 will finally calm down. Guys, how do you do? Do you have any new words you learned while watching the news about the new coronavirus every day? This time I would like to introduce the words related to the new coronavirus. Setouchi [Setogiwa] Definition “Seto” originally means “narrow gate (seto)”, which means that the land on both sides is approaching and the sea is narrowing. The &quot;edge&quot; represents the border. The combination of &quot;Seto&quot; and &quot;edge&quot; means &quot;the boundary between a narrow strait and land.&quot; In that sense, &quot;brink&quot; is used as a dividing line between important things such as competition and life. The following is an example of news about corona. Example ● The next 1 to 2 weeks will be seen by the expert meeting of the &quot;brink&quot; country ● Corona &quot;brink&quot; state will continue for a long time Prime Minister, even when avoiding an explosive increase ● Corona&#39;s influence on lending to companies on the brink or An iridescent color that requires prompt repayment and other assistance [Tamamuiro] Definition Originally, it is a dyed or woven color that changes to green or purple due to the rays of the rays, like the wing of a stink bug. Imagine the meaning of the iridescent color and use it for vague expressions that can be explained according to your viewpoint. The following is an example of news about corona. Example ● New Corona Expert Meeting with “Iridescent” Perspective – Should I Read It as Necessity of Tension? ● Fear of Re-epidemicity, Room for Iridescent Criteria for Canceling the Emergency Situation Recommended by the Expert Meeting on the 14th In addition to more difficult words such as iridescent, I would like to introduce a list of words that you should know in case you are planning to go to Japan. 【日本語】新型コロナウイルス【ふりかな】しんがたコロナウイルス【中国語】新型冠狀肺炎 【日本語】ウイルス【ふりかな】ウイルス【中国語】病毒 【日本語】インフルエンザ【ふりかな】インフルエンザ【中国語】流感 【日本語】風邪【ふりかな】かぜ【中国語】感冒 【日本語】濃厚接触者【ふりかな】のうこうせっしょくしゃ【中国語】親密接觸者 【日本語】感染確認【ふりかな】かんせんかくにん【中国語】確診 【日本語】感染者【ふりかな】かんせんしゃ【中国語】感忍者 【日本語】症状【ふりかな】しょうじょう【中国語】症狀 【日本語】発熱【ふりかな】はつねつ【中国語】發燒 【日本語】頭が痛い【ふりかな】あたまがいたい【中国語】頭痛 【日本語】体がだるい【ふりかな】からだがだるい【中国語】倦怠感 【日本語】筋肉が痛い【ふりかな】きんにくがいたい【中国語】肌肉痠痛 【日本語】喉が痛い【ふりかな】のどがいたい【中国語】喉嚨痛 【日本語】咳が出そう【ふりかな】せきがでそう【中国語】想咳嗽 【日本語】鼻水が出る【ふりかな】はなみずがでる【中国語】流鼻水 【日本語】鼻づまり【ふりかな】はなづまり【中国語】鼻塞 【日本語】ムカムカする【ふりかな】ムカムカする【中国語】想吐 【日本語】下痢をする【ふりかな】げりをする【中国語】拉肚子 【日本語】マスク【ふりかな】マスク【中国語】口罩 【日本語】消毒液【ふりかな】しょうどくえき【中国語】消毒水 【日本語】アルコール【ふりかな】アルコール【中国語】酒精 https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/%E7%80%AC%E6%88%B8%E9%9A%9B/ http://gogen-allguide.com/se/setogiwa.html https://news.goo.ne.jp/article/kyodo_nor/politics/kyodo_nor-2020040101002119.html https://kotobank.jp/word/%E7%8E%89%E8%99%AB%E8%89%B2-562903
Those Japanese Learning tools
"I want to pass JLPT N1, but I do not have time or money to go to a cram school" "I would like to improve my pronunciation even if I study Japanese for a long time" "I want to improve my listening skills by watching Japanese but I cannot help watching subtitles.” To eliminate these problems, I will introduce tools that are free and easy to use! 【日本語の森]】 日本語の森 is a YouTube channel for Japanese language education established in 2013, and currently has about 340,000 followers. The videos on this channel are roughly divided by JLPT level and introduce grammar and vocabulary. The length of the video is about 10 to -30 minutes, and you can study for JLPT no matter how busy you are by watching one video before going to bed every day. 【OJAD-Online Japanese Accent Dictionary】 http://www.gavo.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ojad/jpn/search/index OJAD-Online Japanese Accent Dictionary is an online Japanese pronunciation dictionary developed by the University of Tokyo. Just type a word, hiragana or katakana in the searching field and the system will automatically show you all relevant words and pronunciations! 【 TVer】 https://tver.jp/drama TVer is a compilation of the programs broadcast in Japan this week, and if you use TVer site and apps, you can watch as many programs as you want for this week. And it is free. TVer is really useful if you want to watch Japanese programs, train your listening skills, or find out what is going on right now! However, because TVer is only available in Japan, people not livin g in Japan can use it only through VPN.
Let's study Japanese in Japan(1) - 別科
"Did you graduate from Keio?" "What is your major?" "I used to study in the Japanese learning program called 別科." "What is it? A Japanese school?" "No....." The above dialogue has happened more than 10 times. What is 別科? What is the difference between 別科 and Japanese language school? The program is called the International Student Program or the Study Abroad Japanese Program, which is established for foreign students to efficiently improve their Japanese abilities before going to the graduate school in Japan. It is basically a one-year program, but the length of the program varies depending on the university. As an example of Keio University, you can apply for a postponement of half a year if the results in the first year reach a certain standard. However, even if you postpone, you can only extend it for up to one year, that is, you must graduate after the second year. Then, what are the advantages of studying another department? 1. You can use the hardware equipment in the university such as library, training gym, etc. 2. Because the purpose of the extracurricular course is for foreign students to use Japanese and to study and live in Japan, students can start teaching from adverbs and establish a solid foundation for grammar. 3. Freedom to take courses at other schools. 4. Opportunities to interact with Japanese students. Unlike Japanese language schools, classes in separate courses are held at the university, so by participating in various circles and cultural events, you will have more opportunities to interact with Japanese students. What is the procedure if I want to enter 別科? The procedure is quite similar applying for a university or graduate school. You need to prepare a lot of files, such as a study plan, for the school to review. The necessary documents are summarized as follows. ● Resume ● Self-introduction ● Research plan ● Recommendation ● Final academic diploma and transcripts Through a few months of review, the successful applicants list would be announced online. This program of Keio University and Waseda University is relatively famous in Tokyo. If you want to know how the two schools differ in different departments, don't miss our article!
Job Search
part time job
Duskin Fujimito Merry Maid
Housekeeping/Babysitter Hourly wage 1,200 yen-
Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Short-term OK / Start as of today OK / Weekdays only OK / Weekends only OK from 1 day a week / 4 hours a day OK / All academic background welcome/ Foreigners welcome / No experience OK /
part time job
Suholm
(hall staff) hourly wage 1,160 yen ~ (kitchen staff) hourly wage 1,160 yen ~
Tennozu Isle, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Short-term single-shot OK/weekdays only OK/shift system/more than 4 days per week/midnight/high school graduates and above OK/All educational background welcome/foreigners welcome/inexperienced OK/
part time job
Market Enterprise Co., Ltd./Tokyo Reuse Center Enter data for branded mail order site
clerical work/data entry (data entry staff) hourly wage ¥1,040~
Toyo-cho, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Work as of today OK/Weekdays only OK/Saturdays and Sundays only OK/Shift system/From 2-3 days a week/4 hours/day OK
part-time job
McDonald Akishima store
hourly wage 1,013 yen ~
8 minutes walk from Nakagami station, Akishima city, Tokyo 10 minutes walk from Akishima station
No educational background required / No experience OK / Experience welcome / Foreigner welcome / Uniform loan available / Social insurance system available / Training system available / meal subsidy / Employee discount system available / Student welcome /
part time job
Guards Chuo-ku Area Glow Value Yamato Sales Office
Security/Manufacturing/Light Work System (1) Security/Vehicle Guidance (Security Guard) Daily Salary 7,500 Yen ~
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Work as of Today OK / Weekdays only OK / Saturdays and Sundays only OK/ Shift system / High school graduates or above welcome / All academic background welcome / Foreigners welcome / Inexperienced OK / Overtime OK / University students welcome /
part time job
GRAHM'SCAFELosAngeles
(hall staff) hourly wage 1,100 yen ~ (kitchen staff) hourly wage 1,100 yen ~
Ginza 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Work as of today OK / Weekdays only OK / Saturdays and Sundays only OK / Shift system / 2-3 days a week OK / Late night / All academic background welcome / Foreigners welcome / Inexperienced OK / Overtime OK /
part time job
Suholm
(hall staff) hourly wage 1,160 yen ~ Food and beverage (kitchen staff) hourly wage 1,160 yen ~
Tennozu Isle, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Short-term single-shot OK/weekdays only OK/shift system/more than 4 days per week/midnight/high school graduates and above OK/All educational background welcome/foreigners welcome/inexperienced OK/
part-time job
Green Parkstopic Mitsui Outlet Park Tama Minami Osawa Store (Suntec Co., Ltd.)
Apparel/Fashion (1) Apparel sales staff Hourly wage 1,100 yen~
9 minutes walk from Minami-Osawa Station, Hachioji City, Tokyo
All educational background welcome/ High school students not accepted / Experienced persons preferred / Foreigners welcome / Social insurance system available / Training system available / Employee discount system available / Freeters welcome / People working on weekends welcome / Piercing OK /
Business consignment
Tenkou Repair Staff
Daily wage 8,000 yen ~
Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Work as of today OK / Weekdays only OK / Shift system / 2-3 days a week / high school students not allowed / students not allowed / All academic background welcome / Foreigners welcome / No experience welcome /
part time job
Security Officer Shinjuku Ward Area Glow Value Yamato Sales Office
Security/Manufacturing/Light Work System (1) Security/Vehicle Guidance (Security Guard) Daily Salary 7,500 Yen ~
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Work as of Today OK/Weekdays only OK/Saturdays and Sundays only OK/Shift system/High school graduates or above/All educational background welcome/Foreigners welcome/Inexperienced OK/University students welcome/
part time job
Grandex Okutama Base
Hourly wage 1,044 yen~
Kawai, Okutama-cho, Nishitama-gun, Tokyo
Short-term OK / Single-shot OK / 2-3 days a week OK / High school students not allowed / All educational background welcome / Foreigners welcome / Inexperienced OK / Students welcome / Freeters welcome / Weekend work welcome / Dormitory available/ company housing available
part time job
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza 7-chome
(Facility reception/Reception staff) Hourly wage 1,130 yen~
Shimbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Shift system / 2 or 3 days a week / Early morning / Midnight / High school students not accepted / All academic background welcome/ Foreigners welcome / Inexperienced OK / Owning OK / Freeter welcome /
part time job
Digital Circus Co., Ltd. Front Engineer
IT/Creative (1) System related (SE/Programmer) hourly wage 1,500 yen ~
Gaienmae, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Work as of Today OK / 2-3 days a week OK / No academic background OK/ Foreigners welcome / Certificate required / College students welcome / Student welcome / Freeter welcome / Experienced preferential / Dress free /
part time job
Security Officer Minato Ward Area Glow Value Yamato Sales Office
Security/Manufacturing/Light Work System (1) Security/Vehicle Guidance (Security Guard) Daily Salary 7,500 Yen ~
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Work as of Today OK / Weekdays only OK / Saturdays and Sundays only OK/ Shift system / High school graduates or above welcome / All academic background welcome / Foreigners welcome / Inexperienced OK / Overtime OK / University students welcome /
part time job
Sun Business Shinjuku City Area Apparel Sales Staff
Apparel/Fashion (1) Apparel sales (apparel sales staff) Hourly wage rate from 1,300 yen
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Work as of Today OK / 4 days a week / students not allowed / High school graduates and above OK / All academic background welcome / Foreigners welcome / Inexperienced OK / Freeter welcome / Housewife welcome / husband welcome / Weekend work welcome /
part time job
Guard Inagi City Area Glow Value Co., Ltd.
Security/Manufacturing/Light Work System (1) Security/Vehicle Guidance (Security Guard) Daily Salary 7,500 Yen ~
Inagi, Tokyo
Work as of Today OK/Weekdays only OK/Saturdays and Sundays only OK/Shift system/High school graduates or above/All educational background welcome/Foreigners welcome/Inexperienced OK/University students welcome
part time job
Sayaya Nozawa Central Kitchen
(kitchen staff) hourly wage 1,050 yen ~
Komazawa University, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Work as of Today OK/Weekdays only OK/Shift system/2 or 3 days a week/4 hours a day OK
part-time job
Kaguraya Akihabara store
Hall staff hourly wage 1,100 yen ~ Kitchen staff hourly wage 1,100 yen ~
9 minutes walk from Ochanomizu Station, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; 4 minutes walk from Akihabara Station; 4 minutes walk from Suehirocho Station
All education background welcome / No experience required / Preferential experience / Foreigners welcome / Uniform available / Social insurance system available / Meal subsidy available / Employee discount system available/ Freeter welcome / Student welcome /
part time job
Grandex Okutama Base
Leisure/Entertainment(1) Other(Other) Hourly wage 1,044 yen~ Leisure/Entertainment(2) Other(Other) Hourly wage 1,044 yen~ Leisure/Entertainment(3) Other(other) Hourly wage 1,044 yen~
Kawai, Okutama-cho, Nishitama-gun, Tokyo
Short-term OK / Single-shot OK / 2-3 days a week OK / High school students not allowed / All educational background welcome / Foreigners welcome / Inexperienced OK / Students welcome / Freeters welcome / Weekend work welcome / Dormitory available/ company housing available
part time job
Koiwa Care Center
Medical/nursing system (1) Nursing care (home helper) hourly wage 1,280 yen ~ Medical/nursing system (2) nursing care (care worker) hourly wage 1,280 yen ~
Koiwa, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Weekdays only OK / Saturdays and Sundays only OK/ Shift system / 1 day per week OK / within 4 hours a day OK / High school students not allowed / Students not allowed / All academic background welcome / Foreigners welcome / No experience required /