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iamrich posted Need help in how to collect money from a Osaka company on the Japan forum on March 23, 2015:
Can anyone in the forum please tell me any methods for collecting on a debt owed by a Japanese Company who offered to refund money on an item purchased, but after being returned has kept the item and all the money paid. I know in the U.S. we have a few ways to pursue this. We have the Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Small Claims Court, Lawyers, and a lot of social media groups that can spread the word. I have always dealt with very honorable Japanese business people and I am very upset that this company has betrayed that trust. All suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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property in JapanPrime location residence for expats in Tokyo
My family will be moving to Hokkaido this spring for 5 months and I am looking to enroll my 7 year old daughter in school while we are there. I don't know much about how the elementary schools work in Japan and could really use some tips about going through the process. Also, though my daughter knows a little Japanese she is no where near fluent. I'm considering an international school, but I want her Japanese to improve while we are there. I could really use some advice from people with experience.
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Tokyo has many international schools and bi-lingual schools for expat students. Here are several of the more popular options. (Continue)
oreste92 replied to the thread Average living cost in Osaka/Kobe on the Japan forum:
oreste92 initially posted:
It would be great if someone could write something some sort of a living expenses plan on Osaka or Kobe! What type of life can a single person live (who is happy to share an apartment, provided they have their own room) for ¥200,000 a month.
oreste92 replied most recently with:
Hi thank you for answering. What I mean was how I could budget my life there on that much (not spend all of it on rent! :)) I was hoping to maybe spend more like 70000 on rent. Would that be feasible?
thedean replied most recently with:
Why live in a place that costs $200,000 if most people are only making around $260,000? There are plenty of apartment in Osaka that I found in my last search going for around $100,000. It doesn't make any sense to throw away most of your income on rent and have practically nothing left after taxes for utilities, food, fun and emergencies.
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Expat Report Review of Okinawa Christian School International in Yomitan, Japan was published
Review-of-Okinawa Christian School International
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
They do have sports such as track, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and tennis. They play against both local Japanese schools and the American DoD schools. They do a great job with their annual Christmas program and walk-a-thon. (Continue)
Expat Report Review of St. Mary's International School in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan was published
Review-of-St. Mary's International School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facilities are new and fairly big. They have cleaners everyday. The extra-curricular activities aren't very diverse however the school wins a lot of competitions through it. (Continue)
I work for a relatively new eikaiwa in Osaka, the owners of which are the ex-owners of GEOS, that big eikaiwa that went bankrupt in 2010 (which I didn't learn until after I was hired). I have several problems that I need help with, but don't know where to go now that GaijinPot Forums are closed. So if anyone has any advice it will be warmly welcomed. My first problem. I signed a 2 year contract, which is filled with barely competent English, but at the start of my 3rd year, they never asked me to sign a new one. Written into my 2 year contract, from Feb. 2012-Feb 2014, word for word is -The employee shall either proved the employer with written notice of termination (the "Notice of Termination) or a written request for an extension of the agreement (the "Extension Request") for an additional period of 2 years to commence after the expiration of the "Initial Term" (the "Second Term") at least four (4) months prior to the expiration of the Initial Term. "Second Term" is never mentioned or explained anywhere in the contract. "Initial Term" is only mentioned in earlier parts of the contract as the 3 month probationary period, which doesn't make sense, so I'm assuming is means the contract as a whole. Since I've never signed anything despite going into my 3rd year, that means I am technically not under contract, correct? Which means I don't need to give 4 whole freaking months notice before quitting, correct? I want to get out of this school as quickly as possible, without the threat of any legal or financial problems. My second problem and third problem are combined. When I first started working here, I asked about paying taxes in Japan and for a slip of paper or something like a W-2 showing my income and such for the first year so as to file my taxes back in the US. I was told not to worry about my Japanese taxes, but I was also never given any papers and they seemed to have no clue what I was asking about when talking about income papers. I did a little research on my own, and realized they were probably doing income withholding for taxes purposes, which, based on my research, means I didn't need to file anything with a tax office; they were doing it for me. My base pay was 250000 yen each month, and I was also supposed to be getting paid 500 for each new student that signed up for my class and 300 yen for each student that renewed each month. I got my pay of 250000, but never the extra money, so I assumed (stupidly) that that was what was going towards my taxes. Then this week, after I had been working here for almost 3 years, my boss came and told me that either a)he hadn't been paying my taxes or b) he had been paying from company funds and [I]not[/I] withholding any money from my paycheck I don't actually know which. He then said that now I would need to pay a years worth of taxes out of this months paycheck. Well, my husband is currently on sick leave, and we're living off of [I]my[/I] paycheck, so pulling almost $700 would be impossible. I told him not to bother and to pay me in full, and that I would go to the tax office myself. When I asked him about the extra money, which I thought was going to my taxes, he said that since the school has been in the red for so long, they are unable to honor the contract and wont be paying me the extra money. Technically if I'm not under contract right now there is nothing I can do, but for the two years I [I]was[/I] under contract, I'd like my money... And if he hasn't been paying my taxes for me, then that means I haven't payed Japanese taxes in over three years. I couldn't really understand whether he has been or not because he was trying his hardest not to claim any guilt while still explaining I would need to pay up. I'm hoping to go to the tax office on Monday with my Japanese husband to figure out what I need to do, but any advice from anyone else would be greatly appreciated. The extra money clause is as follows: (1) BASE SALARY A base salary if 250,000 yen per month During the probationary period (Initial term) A base salary is 200,000 yen per month. (2) EXTRA PAYMENT An extra payment, earned during the prior month, starting from the first date till the last date, base on calculation as JPY500 per fresh student and JPY 300 per renewal student every month, will be paid on the date of paying date of the posterior monthly salary.
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thedean replied to the thread I wish to teach english in Japan without a degree on the Japan forum:
Hayamizu initially posted:
I was wondering if any one has any comments, can share any experiences with myself on the above subject. I specifically would like to find out How to find work out in Japan as a english teacher at non degree level standard and What courses are best to prepare myself, i.e TEFL, CELTA TOSEL.. so on, so forth. I am married to my wife who is Japanese, we are currently living in the UK. I know on this basis i can obtain a spousal visa, however i am nervous about giving up everything and moving to Japan as i am aware that on the above subject having read many posts that it is very difficult but not impossible. So i am unclear on the matter. Would appreciate responses and experiences.
thedean replied most recently with:
I hate to tell you this but your desire to teach English in Japan without a degree is going to be extremely difficult if not impossible. You see, Japan is really big on education, and to be looking for a job in the education field without having an education yourself... they're more likely to laugh hysterically while tossing your resume in the shredder than to contact you for an interview. The good thing is you're married to a Japanese national. This means that you get the wonderful option to apply for a spouse visa rather than a work visa, which also means that you are not limited to which types of jobs you apply to. I would, however, strongly suggest learning at least conversational Japanese and memorize hiragana and katakana characters (all of them) and about 500 Kanji before applying for these jobs. Why? because you'll need it. Employers outside of english teaching schools won't even bat an eye at someone who doesn't speak or read enough Japanese to do the job properly. Here are some good resources for learning Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji, in case you want them. http://quizlet.com/48773547/harigana-alphabet-flash-cards/ http://quizlet.com/45592000/katakana-flash-cards/ http://www.learn-japanese.info/firstgradekanji.html
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