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    Re: Questions about some Companies

    This is better than the company that hired me to work. I was told that I would be paid per lesson and that I "shouldn't worry" about the legal minimum requirement for sponsoring a visa or other labor...
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    Re: Money changing

    Most major banks in MURIKA will hit you with a pretty nasty charge, or at least Chase will. Chase was only going to give me 72 yen to the dollar. Everything I've read suggests that Japanese ATMs, the...
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    Re: Creepy Crawlies

    They kill other bugs. It's more agreeable than living with a bat. Or Superman. He's just a dick.
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    Re: Buying Computer Parts in Japan

    Not exactly.
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    Do the math on the rate they quote you at. You...

    Do the math on the rate they quote you at.

    You can look at xe.com to see the interbank rates. The narita rates are here

    Exchange Information

    There's also a currency exchange simulation that...
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    I've read this is the cheapest way to get yen in...

    I've read this is the cheapest way to get yen in Japan. I think it really depends on what your home nation's bank charges for international transactions. For some major American banks like Chase or...
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    Re: Buying Computer Parts in Japan

    IMO ship from overseas. I'd bet it's still cheaper when you consider how much computer you're getting for your money. If you don't need a high performance machine you might be better off buying...
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    Re: Cell Phone Plans/Brands in Japan

    K I better be able to get something other than a Windows Phone in Japan.
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    Seems my plan might not be feasible. Is it possible to open a bank account with US dollars in Tokyo? All the methods I've found for exchanging money (at the Japanese airport or in America) seem to...
  10. Seems like solid advice to bring all that you...

    Seems like solid advice to bring all that you can.

    I'm planning on bringing a small amount like 2000 USD in yen through wire transfer and taking the rest in US currency to try and start a bank...
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    Ok that was pretty funny

    Ok that was pretty funny
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    The bitterness is almost palpable on these forums...

    The bitterness is almost palpable on these forums lol
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    Re: Practical non-conversational study

    I'm not at a level where I could write a blog in Japanese about anything other than what my favorite foods are lol
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    Practical non-conversational study

    I've taken three years of Japanese at a university level, but haven't really kept up with it over the last year and a half or so. Have about 8 weeks left before I move to Tokyo to work eikaiwa. What...
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    Re: Gaba questions

    I'll have at least 80 万 after apartment setup (my friends in Tokyo say it's usually 4 months w/ key money, agency cost and deposit) so even if Gaba screws me on scheduling I'd probably be ok.
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    Oh well, if it sucks I'll just end up using them...

    Oh well, if it sucks I'll just end up using them for a Visa and find a better job. Not like they'd have any recourse against me
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    Re: Gaba questions

    Why do you say they are bottom of the barrel?
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    Re: Gaba questions

    Nope, they only do that once they get to know me a lot better. On average it takes people 30 to 60 business days (alcohol temporarily alleviates my condition) to realize that I have the kind of...
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    Re: Gaba questions

    Well I like sitting and talking with people, and I definitely look like a typical aryan gaijin. Maybe I will be alright at my eikaiwa job (:
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    Well I have tutoring and some volunteer teaching...

    Well I have tutoring and some volunteer teaching experience, so I think I'd suck slightly less than the average flunkie that is right off the boat. Although fingering is probably out of the question,...
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    Are you saying recruitment propaganda is lying to...

    Are you saying recruitment propaganda is lying to me? The nice advertisement with the dashing young man of an indiscernible race clearly states I will be making 34 万 a month after taxes.
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    Their website and recruiters say they give you a...

    Their website and recruiters say they give you a schedule. I don't think you're tasked with finding your own students, or at least their website doesn't advertise that fact.
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    Thanks for the link. The detractors of these...

    Thanks for the link. The detractors of these places seem to be mostly whining about the hours or "you have to teach to get paid". In what professional exactly can one do absolutely nothing and get...
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    Gaba questions

    Does anyone work for GABA or know someone that does? Have the opportunity to get to Tokyo or Osaka through them. Do they help you find clients or is it up to you to book your own? How does it compare...
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    I have teaching experience and two college...

    I have teaching experience and two college degrees and I've studied Japanese for three years. I've been to Japan before and lived elsewhere. So Im pretty sure JET was pissed I didn't send in a...
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