Prime location residence for expats in Tokyo
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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.
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?
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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.
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.
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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.