• Japanese for your job interview
    August 3rd, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    Job interviews anywhere can certainly be stressful endeavors. Even when you know that you’re qualified for the job, the pressure to make the best first impression possible can always throw you off guard. As if all of that weren’t enough stress, tensions fly off the ch ... » Continue Reading
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    Working in the Japanese Games Industry
    August 2nd, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    Facebook game maker and hot US start-up Zynga recently announced a joint venture deal with Softbank, setting up a Japanese subsidiary to start bringing popular online social games from the west over to Japan for use on Softbank mobiles and Japanese web services. With ... » Continue Reading
  • Japanese companies building growth on deals with foreigners
    July 29th, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    With the recent announcement of a tie-up between Japan's number Internet one portal Yahoo! Japan and world leader Google, a leading Japanese company has stacked up another deal with a US company that sees technology and expertise brought into Japan and new opportunities ... » Continue Reading
  • Getting what you want out of Japan
    July 29th, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    As the Japan Real Time blogs report,knowing what customers want is a good business practice, and as Japan prepares to welcome hundreds of thousands more visitors from overseas — particularly from Asia — travel-related businesses here should note that what one group of ... » Continue Reading
  • In Japan, the best bosses are from Aomori
    July 27th, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    Hokkaido people are outgoing and hospitable; Niigata folk may not say much but they’ll stand by you in a crisis. Iwate breeds patience and endurance; Nara, pessimism and conservatism; Hiroshima, cheery optimism. Tokyo? Full of country bumpkins giving themselves big-ci ... » Continue Reading
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    Japan’s Youngest Billionaire
    July 13th, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    If you ever spend time watching Japanese TV you can't fail to of come across ads by Gree, DENA or Mobage-town. The two companies are rivals in Japan's booming mobile content market – producing games and social networks that folks of all ages are happy to spend money ... » Continue Reading
  • Tips for Sales Jobs in Japan Part III
    July 8th, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    Bobby / Flikr In this part, we will finish off about the all-important idea of the salesperson’s skills that we covered previously in part I and part II. Thanks to David Sweet, Senior Manager at Specialized Group K.K. for working with GP to put these pointers togeth ... » Continue Reading
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    Tips for Sales Jobs in Japan Part II
    June 28th, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    Last time we spoke of many attributes of a salesperson’s mindset, knowing that before a salesperson goes out to meet a customer or prospect, they need to be in top-state. These tips are universal, but were added here to help those interested in working in sales positi ... » Continue Reading
  • Your Resume in Japan
    June 4th, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    Upon identifying the teaching job you wish to apply for, the process of creating a resume tailored for that position begins. Whether simply remodeling your existing resume or starting from scratch, a useful exercise is to write a list of the specific primary skills or a ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese Company Meetings
    June 2nd, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    Japanese meetings are an entirely different beast to what goes on in an American-style office.  Not too long ago, I worked for a Japanese  IT company in Tokyo.  My department was divided into a wide assortment of sub-sections, but we all had a weekly meeting to discus ... » Continue Reading