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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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Teach in Japan! Teach Away is now hiring ESL teachers for English teaching jobs in Tokyo and other areas in Japan. One of the most popular destinations for ESL teachers, Japan is a fascinating mix of ancient culture and futuristic technology.
thedean replied to the thread Teaching English on the Japan forum:
Hossein initially posted:
I am an Iranian MA student of English ,have been teaching for 15 years,besides being a headteacher,I was managing a lg Institute.I love Japanese lg &culture.Is it possible for me to teach there?
thedean replied most recently with:
Damnit, my computer messed up. Wrong thread. Sorry.
thedean replied most recently with:
You don't need a converter. Just go into your language settings on your computer and change the input language. You'll have to add the Japanese pack and once you download it "ENG" will appear at the bottom of your screen right next to the clock. You click on this to change between English keyboard and Japanese keyboard. Word to the wise, make sure you have it set to QWERTY, otherwise your guess is as good as mine as to which key is what character. Anyway, if you have English set as your default you will find an A at the right side of the task bar. This means you're still typing in english alphabed. Click the A and it changes to ?. which indicates you're typing in Hiragana. Kanji is automatically created based on what you type in hiragana, but you may have to change to the correct kanji via dropdown menu by hitting the space bar. I know, this all sounds complicated, but it's pretty simple once you do it. If you need help changing these settings just do a google search for "how to type in japanese on english keyboard" and specify which windows version you're using.
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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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thedean replied to the thread Could someone please help in kanji on the Japan forum:
pauro09 initially posted:
I need a kanji converter because my keyboard is US, please help! arigatou!
thedean replied most recently with:
You don't need a converter. Just go into your language settings on your computer and change the input language. You'll have to add the Japanese pack and once you download it "ENG" will appear at the bottom of your screen right next to the clock. You click on this to change between English keyboard and Japanese keyboard. Word to the wise, make sure you have it set to QWERTY, otherwise your guess is as good as mine as to which key is what character. Anyway, if you have English set as your default you will find an A at the right side of the task bar. This means you're still typing in english alphabed. Click the A and it changes to ?. which indicates you're typing in Hiragana. Kanji is automatically created based on what you type in hiragana, but you may have to change to the correct kanji via dropdown menu by hitting the space bar. I know, this all sounds complicated, but it's pretty simple once you do it. If you need help changing these settings just do a google search for "how to type in japanese on english keyboard" and specify which windows version you're using.
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Newcomers to Japan should consider these 4 tips for conducting business in Japan. (Continue)

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