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The five least stressful jobs, as ranked by Japanese working people

Does your job make the list?

All jobs have some element of stress, and depending on your personality and your skills, some could be more stressful than others. But if you’re going to be spending your precious time at work, you’d want it to be as stress-free as possible, wouldn’t you? That’s why Japanese business consulting company Biz Hits decided to conduct a survey to find out which jobs are low-stress.

The survey polled 532 working men and women of all ages throughout Japan from October 17 to 29 about the jobs that they’ve worked in, asking them about their levels and sources of stress. First, the survey asked what kinds of jobs were stressful, and a majority of people either answered with jobs that involved working with people or high-pressure jobs.

Meeting quotas and producing results (136 respondents), maintaining deadlines and managing time (69 respondents), and having a lot of work responsibilities (23 respondents) were some top reasons that jobs were high-pressure, and thus, high-stress. Specifically, respondents said things like, “I felt like I could never relax because every month started from zero,” and, “If I didn’t get results, my boss would be nasty to me.”

Another said that their coworkers were rivals, so the company atmosphere was too stiff and cold. This could probably double as a problem with interpersonal relations, because while a good 118 respondents said that customer service and customer relations were very stressful and an additional 26 said resolving customer complaints was stressful, 84 said that relationships within the company itself were bad. On the flip side, 52 said that they were working too closely with their coworkers. For some people that might be a good thing, but …continue reading


2020 Top Jobs in Japan Week 46

Source: Gaijin Pot

If you’re looking to work in Japan, check back here each week as we look through our database of top jobs in Japan posted to GaijinPot and showcase some of the most interesting ones. You can apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs!


Kids IT English Teacher

  • Company: I-hearts
  • Salary: ¥1,200 ~ ¥1,400 / Hour, Negotiable
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

I-hearts is looking for an IT Instructor to take care of its English programming classes.

In addition to teaching duties, in-house systems or assistance in the creation of teaching materials will also be required.

You must have basic IT knowledge.

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Freelance Academic J-E Translator

  • Company: Uni-edit
  • Salary: Project Based
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • English: Fluent
  • Japanese: Fluent
  • Application: Overseas applications OK

Uni-edit, specializing in academic research paper translation, is looking for Japanese-to-English translators to work on various projects.

The range of subjects will vary but there is particular demand for medical, food science, agro-chemistry, life sciences, biology and forestry topics.

You must have excellent Japanese reading skills and be fluent or native in English.

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Sales Representative for International Schools Educational Materials

  • Company: SmartEd
  • Salary: ¥3.3M ~ ¥5.0M / Year, Negotiable
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Business level
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

SmartEd, a distributor for educational materials in Japan and Asia, is looking for full-time sales representatives to promote its textbooks, online resources and other educational material.

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Tweet of the Week #105: Japanese Company Creates Business-card Face Mask

Source: Gaijin Pot
Tweet of the week

Several months after the pandemic, surgical face masks have become part of our everyday lives. Whether we like it or not, stepping outside without a mask is not only dangerous but socially irresponsible, too (unless you’re lucky and living in the middle of nowhere).

So, instead of fighting it, why not adopt what has become 2020’s hottest fashion accessory.

Masks become fashionable, but there’s a catch

Earlier this year, masks were scarce in most countries. Even if you could find one, they were limited to basic white or blue. Now, we have all kinds of styles to choose from, and some are way more expensive than others. Whether it’s a cool home-made design from Etsy or something simple from a 30-piece value pack, masks are now an excellent tool for expressing ourselves.

You gotta’ complete the look.

However, the fashion industry has been tiptoeing around how to treat face masks. Will embracing masks beyond medical necessity stick? Burberry, the first big-fashion house to launch its masks collection, seems to think so.

Unfortunately, due to masks becoming vogue, there could be an awkward downside. We’re slowly becoming unable to recognize each other due to something called “face blindness.” Oops!

Even in Japan, where masks were a cultural norm even before the coronavirus, people have growing concerns about remembering faces and being remembered.

The Japanese ‘business-card mask’

The face blindness scare inspired 101-year-old Japanese printing company Nagaya to develop a possible solution: the business-card mask.

In Japan, business cards are so culturally significant that they’re considered an extension of the individual.

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Doing Better Online Interviews

Before the current pandemic, I only did face-to-face interviews. By doing so, I had a very good feeling for who the person was. I knew what they looked like, how they would be in front of one of my students (i.e. customers), how they looked when they answered my questions – were they lying, faking, stretching for answers. The body language told me so much. Then COVID-19 came.

Like the other schools in my area, I was struggling to find enough lessons for my teachers because students (kids, adults, offsite) weren’t booking lessons. What should I do? But then something happened that I didn’t anticipate; two of my teachers left and tried to make their way back to their home country. This usually wouldn’t have been a problem but in my case, I only had three teachers. Even though the lesson volume had dropped dramatically, after three months the demand for lessons started to pick up but I didn’t have enough teachers to teach the lessons.

I have to be honest and say that I was not looking forward to engaging in a bunch of face-to-face interviews with foreign teachers in the midst of a pandemic. While most of my fellow foreigners are just as careful and taking the same precautions as everyone else in Japan, having potential job applicants travel to our school seemed like an unnecessary risk for all. While nothing to do with our curriculum or quality of instruction, the risk of a school owner catching COVID-19 would damage our reputation and trust with our students / parents. As much as I tried to put it off, I knew there was only one option – online interviews.

I eventually found the right candidate but it did take me longer than I thought and the main reason was that I …continue reading


Top Jobs in Japan with No Japanese Required Week 45, 2020

Source: Gaijin Pot

Don’t speak Japanese but want to work in Japan? Each week we look through our database of jobs in Japan to showcase the top positions that don’t require any Japanese language ability. By creating a GaijinPot Jobs account, you can apply directly to these companies in English (or the language specified in the job listing).


English Kindergarten Teacher

  • Company: Kohgakusha
  • Salary: ¥250,000 ~ ¥270,000 / Month
  • Location: Toyonaka, Osaka
  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Basic
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Kohgakusha, located in Osaka, is looking for new English teachers in the area.

Benefits include a contract completion bonus and a Japanese language learning allowance.

You must have a valid working visa for Japan.

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Kansai International Academy

International School Teacher

  • Company: Kansai International Academy
  • Salary: ¥265,000 / Month
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Basic
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Kansai International Academy is currently seeking experienced teachers for one of nine schools in Higashi Osaka, Ashiya, Hirakata, Akashi, Kyoto, Himeji, Tennoji, Kobe, Yokohama, Bunkyo, Chiyoda and Azabu.

Unlike regular schools, all subjects are taught in English, and not just during English class. Applicants must have ESL teaching experience as well as ESL curriculum knowledge.

A teaching certification or teaching experience in early childhood is strongly preferred.

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Restaurant staff (Service, Bartender) at Spanish Italian Restaurant in Kyoto

  • Company: Huge.
  • Salary: ¥1,100 / Hour, Negotiable
  • Location: Gion, Kyoto
  • English: Business level
  • Japanese: Basic
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Work in the center of the most iconic district in Kyoto: Gion.

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Apartments to Rent for Less Than ¥80,000 in Hokkaido, November 2020

Source: Gaijin Pot
  • Monthly Cost: ¥22,000
  • Layout: 1LDK
  • Size: 34.34m²
  • Location: Fukuzumi 2-jo, Sapporo-shi Toyohira-ku, Hokkaido
  • Nearest Sation: Fukusumi Station (18 min. walk) – Sapporo Municipal Subway Tōhō Line

Description: A heating system plus air conditioning is provided for this budget apartment located south of Sapporo.

No Key Money No Deposit No Agency Fee

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The cost of living in Japan can be quite high and if you want to live in Hokkaido, you can expect to pay around ¥100,000 a month. We know you want to save as much yen as possible for ramen and karaoke, so let us help you out. Check out these foreigner friendly apartments for rent in Hokkaido.

Each month we select the best apartments to rent in Japan at an affordable price from our database of properties.

2020 Top Jobs in Japan Week 45

Source: Gaijin Pot

If you’re looking to work in Japan, check back here each week as we look through our database of top jobs in Japan posted to GaijinPot and showcase some of the most interesting ones. You can apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs!

Qualitex Trading Japan

Full Stack Developer

  • Company: Qualitex Trading Japan
  • Salary: ¥220,000 ~ ¥300,000 / Month
  • Location: Kanagawa, Japan
  • English: Fluent
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Qualitex Trading Japan is looking for full stack developers who will be responsible for developing and designing front-end web architecture, ensuring the responsiveness of applications and working alongside graphic designers for web design features.

You must have a degree in computer science and be proficient in PHP, HTML/CSS and JavaScript.

Benefits include rent and transportation allowances.

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Accretive Talent for Japan


  • Company: Accretive Talent for Japan
  • Salary: ¥300,000 / Month, commission and bonus based system
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • English: Fluent
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

This is an entry-level job in the recruiting industry. As a recruiter, you’ll find jobs for high-competence professionals in foreign-capital companies in Japan, mostly Tokyo.

Transportation and communications allowances will be provided.

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TFC Hall & Bar Staff

  • Company: RSK
  • Salary: ¥1,100 ~ ¥1,500 / Hour
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • English: Business level
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Tokyo TFC, a bar that hosts music performances and events, is looking for staff to welcome, assist and serve foreign customers.

Shifts are negotiable and work locations available in Shinjuku, Roppongi, Shibuya and Shin-Okubo from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Top Remote Jobs in Japan – Week 44, 2020

Source: Gaijin Pot

Working remotely from home, coworking spaces or coffee shops is not reserved for freelancers anymore. The global trend of rethinking the way we work and our relationship with physical offices has finally hit Japan. Hallelujah.

GaijinPot Jobs has a new feature that allows you to filter your job search by companies that offer remote work options. Apply directly by registering and creating your resume!

Work, work, work, work, work (from home).

Embarc K.K.

Bilingual Office Administrator

  • Company: Embarc K.K.
  • Salary: ¥250,000 ~ ¥300,000 / Month
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Fluent
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Embarc is looking for a bilingual office administrator in English and Japanese (JLPT N1 or similar).

Your primary duty will be supporting events and meetings, including Japanese language customer seminars, webinars, business meetings, and client interviews.

Some basic translation work (of resumes, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) will also be necessary.

Ability in any other East Asian languages, such as Korean, Mandarin, etc. is a plus.

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Metro Engines Inc. / メトロエンジン株式会社

IT Project Manager

  • Company: Metro Engines Inc. / メトロエンジン株式会社
  • Salary: ¥230,000 ~ ¥400,000 / Month, Negotiable
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • English: Business level
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Metro Engines, an IT start-up providing innovative services mainly for the hotel industry, is looking for a project manager who will manage the development of its web services.

Major existing projects include a property management tool for vacation rentals, competitor research tool, review analysis tool, SEO tool and revenue management tool (all for hotels).

Russian language speakers are welcome.

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Getting a U.S. Visa, from a Japanese perspective

This week we continue the 10-week leaving Japan special with a special appearance from Mrs. ALTInsider. We talk a lot about her odyssey of getting a VISA to live in America and more random topics.

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Kanji Cheat Sheet: Applying for Part-Time Jobs

Source: Gaijin Pot
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In 2019, of the 56.6 million active workers in Japan, 38% were categorized as part-time, self-employed or freelance irregular employees. When I first came to Japan and looked for part-time jobs, I was amazed at the offers I found. It seemed like I could get a job doing anything I wanted: from a fashion store or hair salon staff to a fitness instructor assistant or even an animal caregiver at the zoo.

However, just like an English newspaper’s “Help Wanted” section, I’ve encountered several keywords made of only two or three kanji that hardly translate well using Google.

If you’re struggling to read a part-time job offer in Japan, our new kanji cheat sheet can be your Rosetta Stone to deciphering the lingo.

What is an arubaito?

The Japanese word アルバイト (arbaito), for a part-time job, comes from the German word “arbeit” and simply means “job” or “work.” The shortened version, バイト (baito), is more commonly used nowadays.

On average, 65% of Japanese teenagers work part-time jobs, whether for the experience or to earn money for university. They have to be careful, though: those under the age of 18 are not allowed to work between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Another term, パート (paato), also means “part-time job.” However, it usually refers to jobs targeted at homemakers as they typically start mid-morning and end around noon or early afternoon so workers can take care of their kids after school.

Not sure what to do about the taxes with your new part-time job? Check our full guide on filing taxes in Japan.

English Japanese Romaji
Part-time job アルバイト/バイト/パート Arubaito / baito
Short term contract 短期 tanki
Flexible shift シフト自由 Shifuto jiyuu
Weekdays/weekends only OK 平日/週末のみOK Hei jitsu/ shuumatsu nomi OK

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