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TimSean
10/18/2010 22:20 EST

Hello all, I am currently contemplating moving out of my home country of Canada. I am considering multiple places, one being Japan.

I am curious as to a few things.

1.) How hard is it to obtain a working visa?

2.) I work as a cook proffesionally, are these jobs available without speaking japanese, in a expat pub / resto perhaps? Also what is the average wage (and is it deemed 'liveable')? Would it alternativly be better to teach English?

3.) How much is standard for a 1 bdrm apt in, Osaka (considering elsewhere as well, maybe tokyo)? How hard are these apartments to come by?

4.) I currently breed Royal (ball) Pythons, if I were to be travelling with them, (I have 4) are there any special permits needed to keep these animals?

Other helpful information is appreciated and welcomed aswell. Thanks all.

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geqo
1/13/2011 20:56 EST

Hi TimSean! Unfortunately I can't answer all of your questions (and may also be too late!), but here's what I can tell you:

1. As I came to Japan through the JET program, I don't know the process intimately, as the embassy did all of the work for me, but I do know that you need to have a job lined up before you come, as that company has to be willing to "sponsor" your visa (i.e. guarantee you a job)

2. I've had a few friends that have worked as cooks in Japan, but they did have previous Japanese experience and/or contacts in Japan. That said, they have mentioned other people that worked with them that didn't speak any Japanese, and a few of them only learnt the language after arriving.

3. Apartments in Osaka and Tokyo are amongst the most expensive in the world. Osaka - expect to start from 50000 or 60000 Yen per month for a very small apartment. I live in Kobe in a nice area, and I share a flat with a friend. We each pay 50000 a month for a 2 bedroom place.

4. I can't imagine it will be easy to get permits for your animals, although I have no knowledge to base this on besides that they tend to be fairly strict in regards to customs. I would advise you to contact the embassy to ask about that.

Hope that helps!

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