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    Re: Health Checks

    Do you have medical training or something? That is an amazingly ignorant statement.

    Do you think there is some kind of medical conspiracy out there where the vast majority of medical...
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    Re: Health Checks

    Took my health check every year and had no problems with anything. The stomach check where you have to drink the nasty gunk is not the most pleasant thing in the world but I value my health over 5...
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    Re: Asking for holidays at work! - Need advice

    Ugh, don't do it on the first day.

    If you are just taking small one day holidays here and there, you probably just need to give a month's heads up. For longer holidays, talk to your supervisor as...
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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    The last two posts are great advice. Basically take everything your supervisor says with a grain of salt. Most likely they will always default to the "easiest" solution whenever something comes up...
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    Re: Tokyo JET - Living and Expenses

    I would rock a place like this if I were a single JET again.

    【SUUMO】東京都新宿区原町3/若松河田駅の賃貸・部屋探し情報(100028986565) | 賃貸マンション・賃貸アパート
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    Re: Tokyo JET - Living and Expenses

    There should be plenty of affordable places around Waseda University. You could easily bike to work in 10-15 minutes.

    Even the immediate neighborhood should be cheapish by Shinjuku standards.
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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    Here is the hikari service map for Ehime. As you can see, ALL of your town is good to go.

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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    No land line might be a complication. You might want to check out something like SoftBank Air.
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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    Where in Ehime are you headed?

    I can't believe I managed 3 years of that place with the slowest ADSL ever. (shudder)
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    Re: Tokyo JET - Living and Expenses

    Where in Shinjuku is your school? Minami-Shinjuku? Main Shinjuku? Other?

    What kind of budget are you planning for? For reference, a 1 room apt (studio type) within 30m of Shinjuku is probably...
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    Re: Life after JET?

    The oral assessment is three exercises designed to measure your skills against 13 core competencies identified by State. One of those competencies happens to be "composure". I don't think there is a...
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    Re: Life after JET?

    On a whole, I don't think it is that difficult but I can see how some people get left behind. It's broken down into four sections: general job knowledge (math, history, etc), English grammar,...
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    Re: Life after JET?

    Yes of course but I had to sign a paper on Friday that confirmed that I am okay with "worldwide availability".

    I'm hoping to develop my career as a regional East Asia expert and based on my...
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    Re: Life after JET?

    You can take the written exam in Tokyo. I actually took it last October at the US Embassy in Korea because I wanted to take advantage of a 3 day weekend and double up with some tourism.

    Everyone...
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    Re: Life after JET?

    JET 2008-2011

    2011-2013 = MBA in USA
    2012 = Married Japanese girl I met on JET
    Early 2013 = Internship at Japanese company
    Mid 2013 = Convert internship to FT job at same company
    2013-Present...
  16. Re: Who is the most "successful" JET alum you can think of?

    I have successes.
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    Re: Shikoku & Kyushu

    All of the prefectural capitals on Shikoku are in the "easily livable" category IMO. They are all big enough, have their own unique charms, and have plenty of entertainment to keep a JET occupied...
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    Re: Actual Career-oriented jobs for Gaijin

    It's just like JET where every situation is different.


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    I guess I mean by Japanese standards. So basically limiting overtime to less than 15 hours a month. I don't actually mean a...
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    Re: Actual Career-oriented jobs for Gaijin

    If they are local hires, they will be expected to work the same as any other Japanese staff.

    Of course, foreigners can usually do the whole gaijin smash thing and get away with going home early...
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    Re: Actual Career-oriented jobs for Gaijin

    It aint any better at American companies in Japan. Wherever you have a large group of Japanese people you will have all the BS that comes with Japanese business culture. There are very few exceptions...
  21. Thread: Worth it?

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    Re: Worth it?

    I really don't think it will be too difficult for you to spend 2 years in Japan and go back to a nice job. Your skill set is still going to be in high demand in the near future.

    Hell, I bet you...
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    Re: Home-stay in Tokyo.

    I gota get back to work but the moral of the story is that 6 months worth of deposits is absolutely not the norm in Tokyo for the low middle-class type of bachelor housing you will be moving into. ...
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    Re: Home-stay in Tokyo.

    If they can't bring the deposits down to at least 2 months rent, I would highly recommend finding your own accommodation.

    Which agency is the city using?

    My company refers our gaijins to Able...
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    Re: Home-stay in Tokyo.

    Seriously just tell the agents to fuck off and find you a place without key money and whatnot. Seriously, there are TONS of foreigner-friendly options in Tokyo with reasonable deposits.

    Also, why...
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    Re: Phone in Japan

    Don't forget Softbank and Emobile
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