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Well, after all the initial stuff aside (sending paper works, passport, money ect..) I got a job teaching English in Japan and so I now get to visit the place I wanted to see for a while.

I have already done enough research to know what to expect (both the good and the bad points) I hope that while I am there I can improve my Japanese a bit. The only thing I am trouble finding (my kanji is still not even up to par) is where in Nagoya I can get more formal lessons (here where I am, it just sucks like crap getting decent lessons locally) but maybe just living in the country should be enough, but any advise would be good.
 

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Alcohol is plentiful and easy to come by. Sex is plentiful and easy to come by. Video games are plentiful, but expensive to come by ($65-$75 for new games).

Best way to learn the language is to just relax and try to relate normally with the "natives". Immersion is a far better and more efficient way of learning, especially when it comes to speaking, than any kind of lessons. While lack of kanji skills can be annoying, you don't need much to get by.
 

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And isn't alcohol and sex the only reasons to go to any country?! Sounds like you made a good choice there. Makes me wanna go too... ;)
 

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Sex, alchool and video games... what else does a man need!?
 

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LOL well this teaching English is not the usual method most people will go when going down there. If you wanted to know where I am stationed, it is in Atsumi a farming village. Its closest major city is Nagoya, I am pretty much being pampered as an English teacher since they need me there like NOW. So they are reinbursing my flight there, as well as provide me with a beach house + utlities (including Internet) - phone. I just needed to bring a laptop and materials for teaching and my PS2 of course.
 

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Toshiro said:
LOL well this teaching English is not the usual method most people will go when going down there. If you wanted to know where I am stationed, it is in Atsumi a farming village. It closest major city is Nagoya, I am pretty being pampered as an English teacher since they need me there like NOW. So they are reinbursing my flight there, as well as provide me with a beach house + utlities (including Internet) - phone. I just needed to bring a laptop and materials for teaching and my PS2 of course.
sounds sweet :thumb: , hope they will learn english the same way they prepare to welcome you :)
 

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Toshiro said:
LOL well this teaching English is not the usual method most people will go when going down there. If you wanted to know where I am stationed, it is in Atsumi a farming village. It closest major city is Nagoya, I am pretty being pampered as an English teacher since they need me there like NOW. So they are reinbursing my flight there, as well as provide me with a beach house + utlities (including Internet) - phone. I just needed to bring a laptop and materials for teaching and my PS2 of course.
sigh... good for you... I always want to go to japan too... good thing you got a way there as an english teacher and you get a lot of amenities too... enjoy your stay in japan!
 

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You are sooo lucky, I have been wanting to move there for years too fortunately I turned 18 a few months ago so as soon as I have enough cash I'll sort out the paperwork and be off (hopefully)

Just want to ask though - do you need a visa or work permit or anything in order to work in japan as a foreigner (sp?) and do you have to apply for perminant residance or is it OK to just stay there? When I was looking for a jpanese laungiage schol in japan before the site I looked at said you would need a visa to study there unless you were from certain countries, the UK was one of those countries, is that correct and is that just for study or is it work too?

the last question is not one you can answer if you havent been yet but maybe someone else can. How much of an understanding of the language is required to live there? I speak almost no japanses *yet* and there appears to be nowhere in the UK to learn it without going to university for four years. I have listen and repeat audio things (Pimsleur's Japanese 1, 2 and 3 -90 half hour lessons in total) though I havent done them yet though, but when I do would that be enough to get me by untill I pick up the language properly?

anyway, congratulations man and good luck with the sexy female teachers :evil:
 

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You are sooo lucky, I have been wanting to move there for years too fortunately I turned 18 a few months ago so as soon as I have enough cash I'll sort out the paperwork and be off (hopefully)

Just want to ask though - do you need a visa or work permit or anything in order to work in japan as a foreigner (sp?) and do you have to apply for perminant residance or is it OK to just stay there? When I was looking for a jpanese laungiage schol in japan before the site I looked at said you would need a visa to study there unless you were from certain countries, the UK was one of those countries, is that correct and is that just for study or is it work too?

the last question is not one you can answer if you havent been yet but maybe someone else can. How much of an understanding of the language is required to live there? I speak almost no japanses *yet* and there appears to be nowhere in the UK to learn it without going to university for four years. I have listen and repeat audio things (Pimsleur's Japanese 1, 2 and 3 -90 half hour lessons in total) though I havent done them yet though, but when I do would that be enough to get me by untill I pick up the language properly?

anyway, congratulations man and good luck with the sexy female teachers :evil:
Yes it is advisable do get your paper work done before leaving and the VISA is specific depending on the job you want (Teaching, Technical, Celeb), in my case though they said to come in as a tourist and they will process my papers in Japan (I already sent them all the necessary things). The only other thing besides a VISA that you will need if you are teaching English or even working in Japan is a degree and that is the only way to get a VISA unless you are a government official or a celeb.

They wanted me there ASAP and due to the short notice they gave me (they asked me litterally last month I guess this is the only way to go (this is not the ideal way btw). It takes about 2 months to process the VISA so I am going to stay and visit there place as a tourist. I dun have to work as of yet till they get that stuff done, so I am pretty much a tourist :D

You do not need to apply for permanent residence. Last I remembered you can not do that right away to begin with unless you married someone in Japan (anyone from Japan please correct me if I am wrong). As for the learning Japanese, I just went to the Kanji Site to get my reading and writing as much as I can and use some learning Japanese videos dumped to my laptop so I can learn a few things while I am there.
 

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Take me with you....I've always wanted to grope schoolgirls and buy genuine asian porno :evil: Plus I wanna talk trash about bush without having some republican hick behind me shoving some "respect your leader" stick up my ass...

I heard everyone hates bush :yippee:

oh and I always wanted to do karaoke ^^
 

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from where do you know? we can always try to put Kirby to some siutcase, or cut him in half :p
 

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>>The only other thing besides a VISA that you will need if you are teaching English or even working in Japan is a degree and that is the only way to get a VISA unless you are a government official or a celeb.

do youmean that you actually *need* a degree to work in japan. I don't have one and that would really screw up my plan.
 

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>>The only other thing besides a VISA that you will need if you are teaching English or even working in Japan is a degree and that is the only way to get a VISA unless you are a government official or a celeb.

do youmean that you actually *need* a degree to work in japan. I don't have one and that would really screw up my plan.
Well, that is how they usually go about doing things, and this is from what I gathered from ESL boards. Even a diploma is still not sufficient for some of the ppl in customs I think.
 

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The Japanese government doesn't care if you have a degree, but most of the programs that facilitate these situations DO. The big one that most people seem to go through are JET, and they do require a bachelor's degree (although the degree can be in anything... it doesn't have to be related to anything Japanese, and you don't need any Japanese language experience). JET is nice, cause the program provides you with a place, covers living expenses, and has a salary. There are some programs that I've seen that don't even require a degree, but they're usually not quite as secure and don't do as much of the setting up and leg work for you - meaning it might be pretty tough to afford the lifestyle.
 

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Thanks Rhombus. I was completely freaking out there thinking my dream was going down the drain. Would I have to go through some program though or could I just go on a tourist visa (which if i remember correctly is 6 months) and then find a job, if that is even legal on a tourist visa, and then apply for whatever permanent things it is?

I don't expect any orginisation to do all the immigration work for me and find a job, I always planned on doing that myself anyway.
 
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