Author Archives: Florian



Florian
Florian

My love for ninjas and interest in Chinese characters (kanji) were what first made me come to Japan, as a high school student. Over ten years and many visits later, I’ve found a job here and have chosen it as my new home.

Finding a job at a multinational company in Japan
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Finding a job at a multinational company in Japan

Foreign-funded companies (called “gaishikei” in Japanese) offer the prospect of living in Japan without having to deal with all the downsides typically associated with Japanese companies. As such, they’re very popular with foreign and Japanese...

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November 17, 2020
Learning how to code while working in Japan
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Learning how to code while working in Japan

How does Japanese on-the-job training for programmers work? We talked to Linus, who started coding in his last few years at university and is now working at a Japanese IT company in his second year....

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November 10, 2020
Working in Japan as a Frontend Engineer
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Working in Japan as a Frontend Engineer

For our next entry in our interview series, we talked to Julaya, a front-end engineer from Thailand. Read on to find out about her way to Japan and the little victories and hardships of everyday...

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October 30, 2020
Working as a Manager in Japan
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Working as a Manager in Japan

Even as a foreigner at a Japanese company, it’s possible to climb the career ladder. However, doing so requires some extra investment. We talked to Juan about his experiences as both a developer and a...

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October 21, 2020
Analog Relics at the Japanese Office
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Analog Relics at the Japanese Office

Japan is often perceived as a high-tech culture, but this is not necessarily true for all aspects of everyday life. In this article, we look at some “relics” that have survived the ongoing worldwide digitalization...

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October 07, 2020
Working as a Video Creator in Japan
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Working as a Video Creator in Japan

How do you find work in Japan as a film and video creator? How you get through job interviews and communicate with your co-workers when you don’t know Japanese? We talked to Joshua about his...

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October 02, 2020
Working as a Web Marketer in Japan
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Working as a Web Marketer in Japan

Working in the Japanese marketing sector requires high language skills, among other things. In this interview, we talked to Viktoryia from Belarus about communicating with clients, editing, and coming up with strategies that work. (※This...

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September 18, 2020
Working in Japan: Adapt & Keep an Open Mind
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Working in Japan: Adapt & Keep an Open Mind

Work is both about adapting to your environment and challenging yourself. How do you make sure you keep doing both in the long term? We talked to Woojin, who has been working in Japan for...

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September 11, 2020
Japan, the Kingdom of Characters
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Japan, the Kingdom of Characters

There’s almost no way to interact with anything Japanese without running into cute, fictional characters of all kinds. What may look childish at first sight is one of Japan’s major sources of cultural influence and...

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September 09, 2020
Working as a Developer Without Speaking Japanese
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Working as a Developer Without Speaking Japanese

Is it possible to work in an all-Japanese environment when you’ve only started to learn Japanese? We talked to Mushtaq, a developer who only knew three Japanese phrases before starting to work here. Mushtaq’s Profile...

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September 02, 2020
Working as a Web Designer in Japan
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Working as a Web Designer in Japan

What is it like working as a designer in Japan? What are the similarities, where are the differences? And what about communication in Japanese? We talked to Tanya, a young designer working at a Japanese...

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August 25, 2020
Productivity at the Japanese Workplace
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Productivity at the Japanese Workplace

One of the more common preconceptions about Japan is that its workers are hard-working, but not very productive. Online, you can find plenty of complaints about meaningless, superfluous rules, and huge amounts of paperwork. But...

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August 04, 2020
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