make big $$$ in Japan
probably already aware, Japan is a very unique place. No where else in
the world will you find the same outrageous opportunities to make money
that are open to just about anyone.
most common job for new foreigners is teaching English. Despite the thousands
of English schools and 12 years of study at school, the English level in
Japan remains at lower intermediate, ensuring strong demand for teachers.
Every type of class and situation exists from Elementary schools right
through to Flight Attendant Colleges. It can also be a great way into a
previously non-existent position. I know of one teacher at a top Advertising
agency who later became an English copywriter. He had no experience whatsoever
in copywriting, they just liked him and enjoyed his lessons.
overs. Without a doubt, the epicenter for entertainment work is Tokyo.
There are around 60 major freelance agencies that offer all kinds of work
to foreigners living in the area. It is not uncommon for first timers to
walk into $1000 plus jobs, while their friends back home fight over $120
extras work. Experience is not expected - simply being foreign and having
the right look is enough. In fact, most highly skilled dancers and actors
would be appalled at how easy it is to get work and how the jobs are selected.
Actual talent is very rarely considered - it is all about the look.
In many ways,
the entertainment scene in Tokyo is a big break and a way to escape the
comfort zone and limitations of home. Many foreigners living in Japan,
doing the work, return home to find their friends are just as broke as
they were 5 years ago, fighting over the same tiny piece of the entertainment
pie, hoping desperately for a break. They are not seeing that Tokyo is
that break! Ewan McGregor, Edward Norton, Ashley Judd and Cameron Diaz
are among some of the current stars to have worked in Japan.
Japan was long considered one of the best places for working Dancer/hostess
types in the world. Whilst it still can be very lucrative, the rules have
changed regarding visas.
a 90 tourist visa was adequate, immigration crackdowns have led to the
introduction of entertainment visas for all women employed in the industry.
The Japanese culture remains one of meetings and drinking, and corporate
types still prefer to do both in the company of attractive, polite, western
women. In the past, women simply had to be attractive and turn up, now
they need to be just as adept at being charming in order to make the big
minister. The white wedding business is huge in Japan. It is the most
popular type of ceremony from Sapporo to Okinawa and all those weddings
create a demand for clean cut pastors to conduct the 20 minute ceremonies.
In some cases, 20,000 yen for the 20 minute ceremony and performing 20-30
per month on the weekends is normal, making this one of the best ways to
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some properly ordained ministers out there, but for the most part, basic
Japanese and rudimentary training is all it takes to move one man from
the classroom to the pulpit.
The Headhunting industry in Tokyo continues to flourish unabated. New
companies emerge quarterly and are still able to bill fees of 30 - even
35% in some cases. Most of the "recruiters" start out teaching English
and usually have very little in the way of professional experience. As
English speakers though, they are considered to be experts in dealing with
foreign companies, which is more than enough to qualify them for the job.
Here you will find recruiters - both male and female making 6 figures when
many would struggle to hold down simple jobs back home.
is an extraordinary opportunity open to anyone with some professionalism
and knowledge of Japan.
language skills. For teaching English and Headhunting, Japanese
is almost not required at all.
the students in Japanese is strongly discouraged - they are there to learn
English after all, and in Headhunting, 95% of the candidates need to be
effective communicators in English.
Wedding Ministers - the ceremony is read in Japanese, dancing/hostessing
- where some basic Japanese will be looked upon favorably and Acting/modeling/voice
overs, where in most cases there will already be a translator and the pronunciation
of 10 words in Japanese is more important that speaking ability.
An active interest
in Japanese culture and the language will assist in daily life, but for
the people simply interested in Japan as a way to make as much money as
possible, it is simply not required.
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