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WORKING IN JAPAN:
A MODERN GUIDE TO TEACHING & LIVING IN JAPAN.
Do you know anything of the "punishing" work conditions, in Japan? Did you know that there`s a way to avoid paying the majority of Citizens Tax? Do you know how to get your pension money back, after leaving Japan, and why you should never pay more than 36 months into Japan`s pension scheme, if living and working in Japan?
Do you know anything about the culture and why it demands absolute loyalty, and an anachronistic worship-to-servitude? Do you know what are the best employment conditions, and do you know how to secure them for yourself?
Do you know why 61% of Japanese men - up to the age of41 - are in no form of relationship? Do you know why almost 50% of girls - aged 16 to 25 - state that "...the thought of sex is disgusting", and why 21% of boys - in the same age-group - state the same? Do you know why women are choosing careers ahead of family, at staggering percentages?
Do you know that Japan`s birth rate has fallen for the 48th consecutive year, and that schools, universities, & entire towns are closing down?
Do you know that the Japanese Government are not telling their own people - let alone the people of the world - that the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant can "never" be repaired, and that the damage from that disaster IS FAR WORSE than most people know?
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The purpose of this book is advice and information for those considering going to Japan in the near future, for those already living in Japan, or for those who are just interested in Japan and the Japanese culture. As such, several elements have been included in this book by way of an investigation. The opening chapters are an examination of the cultural and social issues that are apparent in Japan, today, including the staggering numbers with regards to the declining birth rate; those who are choosing to remain, single due, seemingly, to anachronistic attitudes towards gender-roles within marriage, and a subjectively, incomprehensible attitude towards the most intimate forms of human connection. Any sensible author would never dare to even address such issues without citing supporting evidence from credible sources, and better yet, credible witnesses “from within the culture” being examined.
The chapters that are, essentially, the second section of this book, are for those specifically interested in teaching English, in Japan. Centrally, there is an examination of work conditions all the way from the international pre-school to the university. There is advice on how to get the most suitable employment for you, depending on your individual needs and desires. There is contained - in this section - an outline of some of the bureaucratic issues you`ll encounter and how best to respond to them. There is an illustration of the type of behaviour that is expected from you, by colleagues and students. This may seem like a ridiculously patronizing concept, but one may be surprised at just how different the cultural practices are to what one may be used to, and - in Japan, or perhaps any Asian culture - these small considerations can mean the difference between success, and an early flight “home”. Additionally this section contains links to materials and resources, and a step-by-step guide as to “how to teach an English language lesson”: links to teachers/workers unions, information for any employee in Japan, and links to the websites that advertise the best teaching positions, in the best institutions.
The final chapters of this work deal, initially, more with pragmatics, and the day to day living and surviving, as a foreigner, in Japan, regards renting accommodation, food, commuting. Advice is included, hereafter, regards how to avoid paying too much tax, how to have your pension returned after leaving Japan, and some advice regards socializing with the Japanese. This section, additionally, deals with some political type issues, by way of an attempt at understanding why, apparently, certain curriculum is “omitted” from schools and universities even though lip service is given to its importance. An essential element in this section is some evidence as to what we`re not being told regards the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, and its far reaching effects, not just within Japan, but for the whole planet.
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